Tender shortlist for the Carlton Connect innovation precinct announced

Dr Julie Wells (Vice Principal, Policy & Projects), Michelle Fitzgerald (Chief Digital Officer, City of Melbourne), Jacyl Shaw (Director of Engagement, Carlton Connect) and Dr Charlie Day (Director, Carlton Connect)

The University of Melbourne has shortlisted three respondents to its Expression of Interest for the development of the next stage of its Carlton Connect project.

“Our goal is to see if we can find a partner to work with the University on further developing this globally significant innovation and technology precinct here in Melbourne”, said Dr Julie Wells, Vice Principal of Policy & Projects at the University.

Lend Lease, Grocon and CCJ Consortium (comprising Charter Hall, John Holland and Campus Living Villages) have been officially named as the preferred respondents to the EOI process and who will be taken through to the Request for Tender phase.

The Carlton Connect innovation precinct is being developed to drive innovation through c0-location on the former Royal Women’s Hospital site in Melbourne, and as a means for establishing better connections between industry, business, government and University partners in a vibrant, central location.

The precinct is already home to the Melbourne Accelerator Program, is the future site of Australia’s only Science Gallery, and has helped forge relationships with Australia Post and NASDAQ.

Director of Carlton Connect Dr Charlie Day said the announcement was timely given the recent government and industry focus on innovation, impact and collaboration with universities.

“All the elements of a successful innovation precinct are already in action here at Carlton Connect. The development of the former Royal Women’s Hospital site as the heart of this precinct will enable us to significantly scale up what we’re already doing with the University and its current partners, to help drive economic and social transformation”.

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