"Carlton Connect is central place that drives innovation through co-location"
Carlton Connect Initiative

Carlton Connect Adaptive Reuse Tower

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The University of Melbourne
132 Grattan Street, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Feasibility study
Feasibility Study, Concept Design

25,000m² Site area (approximate)

30,130m² Proposed Building GFA

21,640m² Proposed Building NLA


The University of Melbourne is creating Australia’s premier innovation precinct.

Carlton Connect is set to be located at the former Royal Women’s Hospital site on the edge of Melbourne’s CBD. BVN have been working with the University since 2013, firstly on the feasibility study and currently on the full architectural services for the Central Tower adaptive reuse.

The University of Melbourne will transform the 1960s 3AW building into an open, welcoming, light-filled, contemporary building through the adaptive re-use of many of the existing materials. The Precinct will be a lively, safe, vibrant, accessible and welcoming environment with shops, cafes and retail spaces as well as high-quality accessible accommodation targeted to graduate students and visiting academics.

More information about this project can be accessed on the Carlton Connect Initiative website.


Brief Elements

  • New building services and infrastructure
  • New vertical transportation system
  • Replacement of the existing façade
  • Achieve 6 Star Greenstar and NABERS 5 star (energy and water)
  • Exceed the targets for resource efficiency set out in Melbourne University plans and strategies
  • Creation of new voids for the new structural support system
  • Creation of an additional 3 new levels
  • Safeguarding and enabling the superfloor concept