For the Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE), infrastructure is an important enabler of our MSE 2025 vision to build the entrepreneurial leaders and transformative technologies of the future. We are investing $450 million into our future infrastructure: building a new campus, creating a strong presence as part of the Carlton Connect Initiative, and refurbishing our existing Engineering Precinct on the Parkville campus. These Engineering Precinct refurbishments will provide a memorable student experience, enhance research capability and capacity, and accommodate the growth in our students and staff numbers.

Creating new Student Spaces

The north wing of our Old Engineering building has been turned into contemporary informal student space. Students now have places that enable them to work individually or as a group, with bookable flexible spaces and digital technology and is a place to engage and collaborate with industry partners on their projects.

Creating a new research space for human movement

To advance our biomechanical and biomedical research, we have installed the only Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) in Australia into our Engineering Workshops. This technology will greatly improve our research into physical rehabilitation and will be used for many different types of research and clinical paradigms, patient groups and fields of interest.

Creating a new pedestrian linkway

A pedestrian linkway has been created through the Engineering Workshops to create a connection to the future new Student and Carlton Connect precincts, and to put engineering teaching and research on display for all to see.

Upgrading our MUR garage

The efforts and the work of the students in the Melbourne University Racing (MUR) team are now able to be showcased. Their garage has been upgraded, creating a visible connection into the garage and celebrating the heritage of the building while providing a safe, modern environment for the students.

Building Our ‘Space Lab’ flexible test workspace

We are creating flexible and collaborative spaces (called the Space Lab) on level 3 of Block D (building 176) so we can test a range of workspace options for staff and students. We will gather data from this test space to inform what our future workspaces look like and how they operate. Different teams and configurations will be tested, with the resulting data informing our future ways of working.

Restoring the western façade of our Old Engineering building

Our Old Engineering building has been the home of Engineering at the University since 1901. We have recently restored its façade to ensure that future generations are able to benefit from and experience some of the original architecture that makes our campus so great.

Demolishing our Old Radiation building

The Old Radiation building has a long history and was vital to our early prominence in medical research. In recent years, the structure has fallen into disrepair, so we are slowly demolishing the building so that the space can be used to link into the new Student Precinct.

Our Progress

August 2018 – Level 2 refurbishments at 333 Exhibition Street completed.

July 2018 – Third cohort of staff moved into Space Lab.

May 2018 – Drone Swarms facility in Vasey Laboratory completed.

April 2018 – New computing lab teaching space on Level 1, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (building 193) completed.

March 2018 – Official opening of CAREN

February 2018 – Second cohort of staff moved into Space Lab.

November 2017 – Space lab opens to the first cohort of staff.

September 2017 – Staff trained to use CAREN.

August 2017 – New student spaces opened by the Dean and utilised on Open Day.

August 2017 – New Smart Power Grid lab in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (building 193) completed.

Coming Next

New Teaching and Research Spaces

Refurbishments of South Wing of Old Engineering, with the space being converted into flexible office and teaching spaces.

Creation of new computing labs on Level 1, and renovation of research labs on Level 4 and 5 of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

A wet laboratory is being built in Chemical Engineering 1 Building.

A new human computing interactions lab is being built in Doug McDonnel.

Computer labs located in Alice Hoy will be moved to 207 Bouverie Street.


Progress on the Engineering refurbishment:


Our Campus in the 21st Century

Our Campus in the 21st century (OC21) was developed by the University community in a series of workshops that explored the qualities wanted across all campuses and precincts. It is the formal response to the University of Melbourne’s strategic plan Growing Esteem and is integral to how the University will plan for the future, and to developing high-quality campus-based experiences for diverse communities.

The Engineering Precinct refurbishments support our campus in the 21st century through the following:

Quality Experiences

The refurbishments will provide memorable student experiences. The new student spaces give students a place where they can work individually or as a group, with bookable flexible spaces and digital technology. This is a space that they can also engage and collaborate with industry partners on various projects. Other works like our linkway between Engineering and the 1888 Building helps create a stronger path between the new Student precinct and our presence at Carlton Connect.

Synergy and Innovation

By creating our flexible test workspace (Space Lab) we will be exploring a range of different and innovative workspace options for staff and students. The test results gathered will inform how the Melbourne School of Engineering works in the future with a focus on engagement, collaboration and innovation, across our three campuses: Parkville, Carlton Connect and Fishermans Bend.