Project overview

Client

The University of Melbourne

Architect

Woods Bagot | Hassell | Hayball | Architectus

Builder

Leadlease

Location

VIC

DCWC is extremely pleased to provide Project Management Services for Melbourne Connect, The University of Melbourne state of-the-art precinct. Melbourne Connect is delivered under a partnership between University of Melbourne and a consortium led by Lendlease.

The precinct features A-Grade office space for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, co-working and commercial tenants, Telstra Creator Space, Science Gallery Melbourne, retail and a superfloor with shared meeting and events spaces, which will be activated by a dedicated events and engagement team. The precinct will also be home to 527 postgraduates and visiting academic residents living in purpose built Student Accommodation.

Researchers, academics, students, companies, government bodies, start-ups, artists and community groups are supported in co-located spaces; nurturing an ecosystem for creating innovative solutions to solve the challenges our societies face today around climate change, food security, health, design, technology and exploration.

The University of Melbourne, Lendlease and all project teams involved have worked tirelessly to deliver Australia’s leading innovation precinct against the backdrop of a global pandemic and amidst some of the world’s toughest lockdown conditions.

DCWC provided Project Management services for the new fitout for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology across levels 1-8 of the main commercial tower. This fitout contains open workspaces, meeting rooms, multifunction spaces, social hub areas across each floor plate and several dry laboratory facilities including the IxT Lab and the Ux Lab designed which are state-of-the-art facilities that allow researchers and students to explore, design and develop novel interactions using cutting edge technologies such as motion-capture, voice assistants, AR/VR and Kinects, just to name a few.

Our Project Management services continued for the Telstra Creator Space, which is a fabrication workshop containing a metal workshop, wood workshop, soldering facilities, laser cutters, 3D printing and a test bed space used for ground and air drones. These spaces are for use by the University and external partners and is located on the ground floor and basement of the main commercial tower.

DCWC also provided Project Management services for the University of Melbourne Affiliate space on Level 08 which is now home to the Complex Human Data Hub, the Melbourne Centre for Data Science, the Centre for Digital Transformation of Health, and the ARC Training Centre – OPTIMA. This facility includes several offices, open workspaces, meeting rooms and social spaces.

And finally, DCWC provided Project Management services for the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre which offers a gateway to the entrepreneurial opportunities available within the University for students, alumni and the general public including Pitch nights, hackathons, masterclasses, workshops and programs. It is situated across 3 floors of the CLT tower located to the north of the precinct is home to the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP), Translating Research at Melbourne (TRAM) and the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship.

Now with doors open, Melbourne Connect is on track to become Australia’s leading innovation precinct.

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