The University of Melbourne, in partnership with a consortium led by Lendlease, is creating a connected innovation ecosystem in the heart of Melbourne. The vision for Melbourne Connect is to place highest calibre research, industry, government, higher-degree students and other elite thinkers in a single purpose-built precinct. It is a new model for collaborative innovation within the STEM disciplines.
The people, place and program at Melbourne Connect is designed to foster the type of collaboration that can expedite and amplify innovation. It is a project where all participants will be deeply engaged to find innovative solutions for our future challenges and enabled to contribute to greater wellbeing of societies globally.
Melbourne Connect is located on the former Royal Women’s Hospital site, on the corner of Swanston and Grattan Streets.
It is where great minds connect, and incredible futures emerge.
A Critical Asset for Melbourne
By enhancing research and education, Melbourne Connect will support the vision of Melbourne as a ‘Knowledge City’ and play an important role within the Melbourne Innovation Districts. As a leading innovation centre, it will attract the world’s greatest minds. Not only will the precinct increase the number of visitors to the city, it will also strengthen Melbourne’s international reputation for research and innovation.
Showcasing highly innovative design and technology, the precinct will be a significant contribution to Melbourne’s iconic urban landscape. The history of the former site of the Royal Women’s Hospital will be preserved and integrated into the new design through the re-use of heritage materials.