University of Melbourne opens new $100 million life sciences complex

New state-of-the-art buildings at the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne has recently opened two brand new state-of-the-art learning spaces.  A life sciences building in the biomedical precinct of the Parkville campus and a brand new home for the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at its Southbank campus.

Life Sciences Complex

The new life sciences complex will be home for staff and students from three faculties: Science; Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences; Medicine; Dentistry; and Health Sciences.   It features some of Australia’s most sophisticated STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) teaching laboratories and facilities.

More than 700 students a day in the STEMM fields will be learning in the new four-level, 6-star Green Star building on the corner of Tin Alley and Royal Parade. The building includes three large practical teaching laboratories, an object-based learning facility, three classrooms for small group and problem-based learning as well as informal learning and study spaces, all of which are dedicated to preparing the bioscientists, doctors and veterinarians of the future.

Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell said “We will be able to grow our Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences and continue to attract the leading students and lecturers to make a real difference in the life sciences fields globally.”

The Ian Potter Southbank Centre

More than 1,000 students and staff have moved into the new state-of-the-art Ian Potter Southbank Centre, home to the new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the centrepiece of the University’s major Southbank campus transformation.

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Dean Barry Conyngham said the Conservatorium was one of Australia’s first music education institutions and continues to be one the most internationally prestigious, providing cutting-edge facilities for students.

The conservatorium building was designed by the award-winning John Wardle Architects, constructed by Lendlease and integrates superior accoustic spaces designed by Marshall Day. Facilities include a 400-seat cantilevered auditorium, a 200-seat ground floor studio and rehearsal spaces for teaching, performing, recording and research.

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