The Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) is investing $450 million as part of its vision towards 2025 to develop entrepreneurs, experts and technologies to transform the future. The MSE is partaking in three major initiatives, the refurbishment of the existing Engineering Precinct in Parkville, the building of a new engineering campus in Fishermans Bend and collaboration with Melbourne Connect. Refurbishments to the Engineering Precinct will provide collaborative work spaces, an enhanced capability and capacity for research and an increased capacity to accommodate a growing staff and student population.

Creating new Student Spaces

The north wing of the Old Engineering building has been converted into a contemporary and informal student space. Students now have dedicated places that enable them to work individually or as a group, supported by digital technology students can engage and collaborate with peers and industry partners.

Creating a new research space for human movement

To advance biomechanical and biomedical research, the MSE have installed the only Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) in Australia into the Engineering Workshops. This technology will be used for a variety of applications including to conduct research such as in rehabilitation, test patient groups and explore specialised fields.

Creating a new pedestrian linkway

A pedestrian linkway through the Engineering Workshops will connect to the New Student Precinct and Melbourne Connect initiative once the projects are completed.

Upgraded Melbourne University Racing Garage

The upgraded Melbourne University Racing (MUR) garage will house a diverse cohort of students who partake in a 12 month design cycle to assemble a combustion and electric race vehicle from scratch. Each year, approximately 45 senior engineering students work with and mentor 50 junior engineering students to equip them with the skills to lead in future years.

Building Space Lab

Creating flexible and collaborative spaces by testing a range of workspace options for staff and students in the Space Lab on level 3 of Block D (building 176). Different teams and configurations are tested within the spaces and the data collected is used to inform the design of future workspaces.

Restoring the western façade of our Old Engineering building

The façade has been restored to preserve the history of the Old Engineering building which has been the home of Engineering at the University since 1901.

Demolishing Old Radiation building

The Old Radiation building has a long history and was the physical grounds for medical research. In recent years, the structure has fallen into disrepair as a result the building has been demolished and the remaining space will be used as a connection to the New Student Precinct.

Our Progress

October 2018 Refurbishments of south wing of Old Engineering completed.

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 – Computing lab teaching space on Level 1, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (building 193) completed.

March 2018 – Official opening of Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN).

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

November 2017 – Space lab open 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 Melbourne University Open Day.

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

Coming Next

New teaching and research 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 McDonell.

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




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 supports the 21st century through the following:

Quality Experiences

The new student spaces provide areas to work individually or as a group. These spaces facilitate collaborate with peers and with industry-based mentors.

Synergy and Innovation

The flexible test workspace Space Lab explores 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 Parkville, Melbourne Connect and Fishermans Bend.