World-class biosciences

The Western Edge Biosciences (WEBS) program will create a world-class precinct for biosciences teaching, research, and training. It will improve research performance and learning experience in the biosciences, and help train the next generation of bio scientists, vets, and doctors. The program will also meet requirements for the global accreditation of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in 2020, safeguarding the only accredited veterinary course in Victoria.

Work for 2017-2019 includes two projects:

  • WEBS Stage 1 at the Parkville campus
  • Werribee Redevelopment at the Werribee campus

The Western Edge Biosciences Program

The biological sciences play a significant role in solving the global challenges of health and food security which include: improving the quality and length of life, better stewardship of essential natural resources, water, energy and global ecosystems and increased productivity of crops, livestock, other foods and natural fibres.

The Western Edge Biosciences program will create world-leading learning and teaching, research and engagement facilities for the biological sciences. The program aims to:

  • Facilitate high quality learning and teaching in the biosciences, at scale, and across disciplines, in line with the Growing Esteem strategy.
  • Enable growth in the biosciences faculties, namely the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Underpin improvements in the University’s research performance in the biological sciences.
  • Facilitate international accreditation for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in 2020. This is the only globally accredited (Australasia, UK and USA) Veterinary Medicine degree in Victoria.
  • Substantially improve student experience across the biosciences. The experience and educational outcomes of students will be enhanced by learning in highly shareable, state of the art facilities.
  • Will provide space for the teaching activities that require relocation due to the construction of the Melbourne Metro Rail.

At the University of Melbourne four faculties are deeply engaged in the teaching, research and engagement of the biosciences. These are the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Melbourne School of Engineering. The University of Melbourne is committed to supporting excellence in the teaching, research and engagement of the biological sciences.

Consultation

The WEBS program has been undertaken in close collaboration between the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science and the Faculty of Science, including user groups with representatives from each faculty.

We also welcome feedback from the broader University community.

To discuss the project, ask questions or give feedback please contact our project team:

Parkville campus: webs-stage1@unimelb.edu.au

Werribee campus: webs-werribee@unimelb.edu.au

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 Western Edge Biosciences program will support our campus in the 21st century through the following:

TECHNOLOGY AND TRADITION

Bringing world class facilities including teaching and learning laboratories; the Parkville campus will be transformed by WEBS. It will facilitate better teaching and research through the use of new technology. The project gives the University the opportunity to celebrate the historic elements of the campus particularly the System Garden – which was originally conceived for the teaching of bioscience over 160 years ago. The design of WEBS Stage 1 is designed to be harmoniously composed into the surrounds of the garden, and its footprint references the garden’s original circular shape. The project will see a new, protected entrance into the garden from Tin Alley side, providing enhanced access for the public. The building will incorporate both a terrace garden and interior plantings, speaking to the history of the site and its present.

SYNERGY AND INNOVATION

WEBS brings together three faculties, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science and the Faculty of Science with the aim of increasing collaboration in the biosciences, while working within world class facilities. The biological sciences will play a significant role in solving the global challenges of health and food security which include: improving the quality and length of life, better stewardship of essential natural resources, water, energy and global ecosystems and increased productivity of crops, livestock, other foods and natural fibres.

QUALITY EXPERIENCES

The Western Edge will substantially improve student experience and educational outcomes across the biosciences. Students will enjoy state of the art facilities which are highly shareable; world-class teaching spaces, including ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ practical classrooms will facilitate the benefits of a cross-disciplinary approach to the biosciences, and enable the delivery of a quality curriculum.

Project Updates

Preparatory works will continue in May with Citipower carrying out underground cable work on Tin Alley. These works will ensure key services remain uninterrupted during the development of the new world-class Western Edge Biosciences precinct.

Tin Alley will be closed from Royal Parade at Gate 14, to the Trinity Gateway Building, between 7.00am Monday 8 May through to 7.00am Wednesday 17 May. No vehicle, bike or pedestrian access will be possible during this period. Signage will be displayed to indicate alternate access points to the campus.

For more information you can contact the WEBS project team via email at webs-stage1@unimelb.edu.au

8 May 2017


Further preparatory works are scheduled to commence on Tuesday 18 April 2017 behind the temporary fencing in the System Garden.

These works are a step towards creating a world-class precinct for biosciences teaching, research, and training at the University of Melbourne and will involve some tree relocations and removals.

Tree removals will take place from 18 to 19 April 2017 and tree relocations from 5 to 10 May 2017. No trees on the City of Melbourne exceptional tree register are being removed.

Valuable trees, shrubs and ground covers affected have been identified by the Grounds Supervisor and System Garden Curator, and will be either replanted immediately within the System Garden or boxed and stored for replanting in the new System Garden subclass garden beds at the completion of the project.

The specialist contractor has extensive experience performing tree removal activities and will manage pedestrian access throughout the works as necessary.

Additionally, all appropriate approvals and requirements have been confirmed by the contractor and the University project team managing the WEBS program.

Surrounding buildings may be impacted by noise and access issues, though every effort will be made to minimise disruption to surrounding buildings and residents.

For more information you can contact the WEBS project team via email at webs-stage1@unimelb.edu.au

12 April 2017


Stage 1 of the Western Edge Biosciences (WEBS) program is commencing preparatory works on 24 and 25 March 2017 on the western and northern side of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences building along Tin Alley and Royal Parade.

This stage is the first step towards creating a world-class precinct for biosciences teaching, research, and training at the University of Melbourne and will involve some tree removals.

These tree removals are unrelated to the Melbourne Metro Rail works on Grattan Street.

All appropriate approvals and requirements have been confirmed by the contractor and the University project team managing the WEBS program.

Surrounding buildings may be impacted by noise and access issues on Saturday and Sunday though every effort will be made to minimise disruption to surrounding buildings and residents.

The specialist contractor has extensive experience performing tree removal activities in high-traffic areas, and will manage pedestrian access throughout the weekend as necessary.

For more information you can contact the WEBS project team via email at webs-stage1@unimelb.edu.au

21 March 2017