New Innovation Precinct for the University of Melbourne

Spotless is the facilities manager for a 42-year period for the University of Melbourne’s major new purpose-built innovation precinct, Melbourne Connect. Located on the former Royal Women’s Hospital site in Carlton, the precinct will be delivered in collaboration with our consortium partners, including Lendlease as developer, builder, co-investor and investment manager of the commercial space; GIC as major co-investor of the commercial space; and Urbanest as investor and manager of the student accommodation.

Melbourne Connect brings together the creativity, cross-disciplinary expertise and talent of the University of Melbourne research community and its diverse partners to help drive innovation. Through the connection of multiple players in the innovation system, Melbourne Connect will generate economic, environmental and social benefits. Plans for the project were initially revealed in November 2017, and construction is now underway, with completion expected in late 2020. The development will also be home to Science Gallery Melbourne and will include student accommodation, retail, public spaces and childcare.

Curation of tenant partners – expected to be innovation-focused, visionary and complementary to the project – is underway. Co-location stands to offer tenant partners deep connections into the university’s research and resources, to bright minds and purpose driven talent, and to influential and effective peers. Connections will be facilitated and nurtured by the precinct in various ways, including specialised relationship services and a vibrant event program.