The City of Melbourne has a bold new vision for Southbank outlined in the Melbourne Arts Precinct Blueprint. The University of Melbourne has been involved in the blueprint’s development since its inception in 2011.

The Southbank campus redevelopment plays a central part in bringing the blueprint vision to life. The development of the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre, the Dodds Street Stables redevelopment, the new Buxton Contemporary, public access and other improvements will make a significant contribution to the precinct.

render image of new Ian Potter Southbank Centre and adjoining linear park

The new Ian Potter Southbank Centre and adjoining linear park, which will connect the campus with the wider Melbourne Arts Precinct. Image render courtesy of John Wardle Architects.

With a new linear park through the campus, a publicly-accessible walkway through The Stables, pedestrian paths and a new open plaza at the entrance to the Ian Potter Southbank Centre, the campus will be opened up for everyone to wander through, look, learn and enjoy.

Being in the precinct will enrich our student experience by placing students at the centre of the arts in Melbourne. Our neighbours in Melbourne’s Arts Precinct include the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Recital Centre, Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Chunky Move, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and Arts Centre Victoria.


Construction updates

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Development Projects


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 Southbank Campus Redevelopment will support our campus in the 21st century through the following:


The occupation of The Stables will continue the tradition of artists appropriating buildings to use and cater to the 20% student growth from 2010-2020 at the school.

Early works on the refurbishment of The Stables will begin June 2016 with construction concluding in April 2017, providing new art studios, exhibition spaces and office accommodation for the School of Art and a flexible performance area for general use.


The new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music alongside the Victorian College of the Arts will also stimulate collaboration across the artistic disciplines as music students engage with students studying film, television, visual and performing arts.

The developments will further synergise the University with its creative partners, helping achieve the city’s vision for a thriving arts scene and to create a new dynamic environment for music education.