Stage One of New $2B University of Melbourne Campus Approved by State Government


Stage one of The University of Melbourne $2b campus in Fishermans Bend has been approved by the Victorian Government.

The university’s third campus in Melbourne will have the purpose of bringing research to life at an industrial scale and will host students studying architecture, building and planning and engineering.

The university purchased the 7.2 hectare former General Motors Holden site in 2017 which will be redeveloped to include shared workspaces, student networking hubs, collaboration spaces, and retail outlets.

Grimshaw Global was responsible for the campus’ preliminary master plan with City of Melbourne councillors to vote on any planning amendments this July.

According to The University of Melbourne, stage one of the project will open in 2024 with an industrial scale innovation hub for 4,000 staff and schools of Engineering Architecture and Building and Planning.

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Stage two will be completed in 2027 ready to welcome a campus population of 7,000 staff, students and academic partners.

The University will invest over $540m into stage one and approximately $2b into the entire campus.

The new campus buildings will be built sustainably by recycling water, generating energy and minimising waste and will be the pilot for the new Green Star sustainability rating tool.

A university representative said that the new engineering and design campus would be “A vibrant place of large-scale research and project-based learning that creates interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships with industry.”

A university representative said that the new engineering and design campus would be “A vibrant place of large-scale research and project-based learning that creates interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships with industry.”

According to South Bank News, consultants Acil Allen forecasted the campus would contribute $4.253b to the Victorian economy and create 11,122 new jobs by 2040.

Commencement of building is aimed for later this year.

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