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A snapshot of new Fishermans Bend campus

06 Nov 2019

A snapshot of new Fishermans Bend campus Image

The University of Melbourne has released the first artist’s impressions of its future two-billion-dollar university campus in Fishermans Bend.

Opening in 2024, a spokesperson for the university 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.”

With urban renewal in Fishermans Bend remaining largely stagnant as the state government continues work behind the scenes to deliver public transport to the precinct, the University of Melbourne’s investment is keeping the project moving.

With detailed precinct plans yet to be released and tram routes still being explored, conversations in Fishermans Bend have switched to the Employment Precinct, where the university purchased 7.2 hectares of the government’s GMH Holden site in 2017.

Under the government’s new priority precincts portfolio, the university is leading the way in helping attract more investment in advanced manufacturing to the Employment Precinct by “creating a globally connected and thriving public realm.”

“The University of Melbourne will drive innovation at our new Fishermans Bend campus, with a centre for excellence in engineering and design attracting the brightest students and researchers, as well as world-leading industry partners,” University of Melbourne vice-chancellor professor Duncan Maskell said.

“First class facilities at an industrial scale will strengthen our ability to collaborate with industry for the benefit of society, fostering creativity and experimentation, and providing vibrant places for research and learning.”  

“Our students and researchers will be able to put ideas straight into action right here in Melbourne, working with industry on cutting-edge research and development to design and engineer solutions for some of the world’s greatest challenges.”  

“We look forward to developing the entrepreneurial leaders and transformative technologies of the future, which will boost our economy and provide greater benefits to the whole community.”

The first stage of the campus will expand the practical capabilities of the Melbourne School of Engineering and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, providing the facilities for research and development at scale, and collaborative industry partnerships and colocation on campus, and hands on learning.

Researchers, students and industry will collaborate to explore, develop and test innovations at scale in renewable energy, affordable sustainable housing, sustainable transport, resilient infrastructure and more, according to Mr Maskell.

Economic consultants Acil Allen forecasted that the campus at Fishermans Bend would contribute $4.253 billion to the Victorian economy and create 11,122 new jobs by 2040. The University of Melbourne is investing over $540 million for the first stage of its campus, with future investment of around two billion for the full campus.

 

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