Southbank Campus Redevelopment

The University of Melbourne’s Southbank Campus is undergoing a transformation approaching $200 million.

A rendering of the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre.
The new Ian Potter Southbank Centre, made possible by the generous philanthropy of our supporters. Image render courtesy of John Wardle Architects.

A new vision for Southbank

Whether it's converting historically-important buildings for use as future-ready training facilities or constructing a new, state-of-the-art conservatorium for musicians, the University of Melbourne's Southbank campus is undergoing a major renewal program which will see Conservatorium staff and students co-located with their colleagues and peers at the Victorian College of the Arts at the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

Professor Barry Conyngham
Professor Barry Conyngham
Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

The recent development of the Southbank campus has been quite spectacular. By 2020 we will have transformed the campus by two main methods. One is to renovate and change existing buildings – most spectacularly, the conversion of the Old Police Stables into a fantastic new facility for visual arts. The other is through constructing state-of-the-art buildings, such as the new conservatorium, the Ian Potter Southbank Centre. I look forward to co-locating the majority our staff and students at the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

Melbourne Arts Precinct

The Melbourne Arts Precinct Blueprint and the City of Melbourne’s plan for Southbank is a bold new vision for Melbourne’s Southbank. Already home to more than 20 arts institutions and organisations, the plan will see the precinct better linked for pedestrians and more connected to the vibrant energy of Melbourne’s CBD.The Southbank campus redevelopment plays a big part in bringing the blueprint vision to life. The University of Melbourne has been involved in the blueprint’s development since its inception by the City of Melbourne in 2011.

Artist’s impression of the Linear Park
The new Ian Potter Southbank Centre and adjoining linear park, which will connect the campus with the wider Melbourne Arts Precinct. Image render courtesy of John Wardle Architects.

The development of the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre, Dodds Street Police Stables redevelopment, the new Buxton Contemporary, public access and other improvements will make a significant contribution to the precinct.

With a new linear park through the campus, a publicly-accessible walkway through the Dodds Street Police Stables, pedestrian paths and a new open plaza at the entrance to the Ian Potter Southbank Centre, the campus will be opened up for everyone to wander through, look, learn and enjoy.

Being in the precinct will enrich the student experience by placing students at the centre of the arts in Melbourne.

Other partners include the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and precinct arts institutions.

Our neighbours in Melbourne’s Arts Precinct include the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Recital Centre, Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Chunky Move, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and Arts Centre Victoria.


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Principal partners

The Faculty acknowledges our generous supporters and philanthropic partners: