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Sparking Synergy at Melbourne Connect 

Aerial view of Melbourne Connect, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
NDY, part of the Tetra Tech High Performance Buildings Group, integrated the requirements of multiple sectors including education, commercial, and technical, to create a bespoke design that enhances the collaborative power of all tenants and occupants in Australia’s premier innovation precinct.


Designed to be Australia’s leading innovation precinct, Melbourne Connect was developed by the University of Melbourne in partnership with Lendlease, Geospatial Insurance Consortium (GIC), Urbanest, and Spotless.

The University of Melbourne wanted to create a revolutionary environment where students, researchers,
government, and entrepreneurs could have a welcoming space to collaborate.


Through advanced spatial planning and optimization techniques, Tetra Tech assisted in designing the 35,000 square meters of A-grade office space for the Melbourne School of Engineering, as well as coworking and commercial tenants that include a fabrication laboratory, Science Gallery Melbourne, and generous retail space. The two-story shared meeting and event space known as the ‘Superfloor,’ serves as a central hub for interactions between students, researchers, and industry partners. The project also includes 527 purpose-built apartments by Urbanest Student Accommodation.

Built on the site of the old Royal Women’s Hospital, the precinct is a series of connected buildings focused around a central ‘Oculus,’ an open green space with interconnecting laneways, boutique retail, and spaces for learning, events, and leisure.


Tetra Tech’s transformative work at Melbourne Connect has yielded remarkable benefits. The precinct now thrives as a collaborative nexus of innovation. Melbourne Connect stands as an exemplary model of the power of integrated innovation and cooperation, propelling Australia’s research, education, and industry sectors into a dynamic future.

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