The Carlton Connect Initiative project brings to life the forward-focussed University of Melbourne project, delivered together with their development partner Lendlease.

The project will establish a new innovation precinct, with a focus on collaboration through co-location of the University engineering faculty and industry partners. The Woods Bagot designed buildings will provide large and connected floorplates around a central open space, which are designed to engage students, researchers and entrepreneurs.

The project includes around 72,000sqm of floor area, including the Australian-first Science Gallery, University of Melbourne Fabrication
Lab and School of Engineering, commercial and industry partners, Urbanest Student Accommodation (designed by Hayball Architects), and associated child care services.

Located in the Parkville National Employment and Innovation Cluster, the project will shape the way Melbourne attracts and retains
bright minds, and nurture our future knowledge and innovation leaders.

The project was approved by the Minister for Planning in April 2018, and facilitated by site-specific planning controls. Urbis provided
planning advice to the client team, and led the process to secure the planning controls.

The innovation precinct blazes new ground in bringing together higher education, research and commercial partners in a uniquely Melbourne design that includes lane ways, an open space oculus and innovative architecture.