University of Melbourne Magazine

New buildings around campus

  • Ian Potter Southbank Centre

    Ian Potter Southbank Centre

    The heart of the University’s Southbank campus, the Ian Potter Southbank Centre, officially opened in June 2019.

    The $109 million conservatorium is filled with state-of-the-art, world-class equipment. It can accommodate more than 7000 students and contains a 400-seat auditorium, 200-seat ground floor studio and a variety of rehearsing, performing, teaching and research spaces.

    Barry Conyngham, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, said he was excited about the potential for expanding the program of events in the new centre in coming years.

    “Currently, the Faculty has more than 40,000 campus visitors a year and hosts more than 220 events, which will now be expanded with a public program of events at the Conservatorium that will enrich Melbourne’s thriving cultural scene.”

    The new Conservatorium is named after The Ian Potter Foundation due to its generous donations totalling $14 million towards the revitalisation of the Southbank campus. The conservatorium has also been funded by the University, the Victorian State Government and other generous philanthropic supporters, particularly the Myer Foundation and family.

    Life Sciences Complex

    Life Sciences Complex

    The newly opened $100 million Life Sciences Complex at the corner of Tin Alley and Royal Parade boasts the most sophisticated STEMM teaching laboratories and facilities in Australia.

    It is the first time that staff and students from different faculties will share one building as home. Students from Science and Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, along with those from Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, will have access to 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.

    The four-level, 6-star Green Star building will be a hub of interdisciplinary activities, further demonstrating the University’s commitment to global excellence in life science teaching, learning, research and engagement.