Development and renewal project

We’re revamping spaces in 11 buildings across the Melbourne Burwood Campus and creating new, cutting-edge facilities for multiple faculties.

Project summary


Under construction

Completion date

October 2016

Project Manager

Todd Leake
+61 3 9244 6263





Refreshed spaces for every faculty

This major project has seen existing buildings significantly upgraded to provide contemporary, stylish environments for multiple faculties. Dedicated precincts have been created for the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment.

In addition, new spaces have been provided for:

  • the Deakin Law School
  • the Faculty of Arts and Education staff and students
  • eSolutions
  • the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment staff and students
  • the School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science.

The majority of works were completed in 2015, while Building M and the atrium will be completed in October 2016.

The project in detail

A diagram showing building relocations for the renewal project is available below.

Development projects

A new space for Deakin Law School

Deakin Law School has a new home and modern facilities thanks to the redevelopment of Levels 1 and 2 of Building EA.

In addition, the project has enabled the co-location of Faculty of Business and Law staff and Higher degrees by research (HDR) students on the Elgar Road side of the campus.

New facilities for arts and education research students

The refurbishment of Building F was completed in 2015, providing new facilities for Faculty of Arts and Education research students.

Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) students have been consolidated into one modern, purpose-built facility within the Faculty of Arts and Education precinct.

Building F now houses a brand-new Faculty of Arts and Education HDR Hub over levels 2 and 3. The hub’s new amenities include:

  • a reading lounge
  • kitchenettes
  • hot desks and workspaces
  • upgraded toilets
  • a videoconference-enabled meeting room.

New precincts for faculties

Faculty of Arts and Education sessional staff and Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE) higher degrees by research (HDR) students have a new home in Building G.

This project has enabled the consolidation of Faculty of Arts and Education sessional staff into one location in a well-designed, open-plan space. The project has also improved the SEBE and HDR student experience through the delivery of modern, purpose-built locations.

The works have contributed towards the creation of distinct precincts on campus for each faculty. Works have included:

  • conversion of office space into open-plan work areas
  • provision of a staff kitchenette
  • provision of break-out areas
  • provision of a videoconference meeting room.

A new home for Deakin's eSolutions team

Deakin eSolutions is now centrally located in a new home on the main campus, allowing for easy access to all areas of the University.

Upgrades to Building HE resulted in a new space that features: 

  • a variety of workstations, hot desks and one shared office
  • two videoconference meeting rooms
  • a reception space with waiting lounge
  • a kitchenette
  • staff breakout spaces
  • an informal, standing videoconference point.

New facilities for the Faculty of Health, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

We recently completed new spaces for the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, including exercise physiology clinical research facilities on Level 5 of building J and a sensory research space on Level 1. Some features of the new spaces are:

  • a five-bed muscle biopsy room
  • phlebotomy (sample processing) laboratory
  • open exercise research and gait analysis space
  • multi-purpose clinical suites/consulting rooms
  • floor to ceiling sensory testing booths and a generous food preparation area.

New science and teaching laboratories

We are making a significant investment to create substantial new science and teaching laboratories in building M.

The project also includes the construction of an atrium between buildings M and N to provide informal learning areas and improve the usability of the space.

Stage 1 of redevelopment (Building M, Level 3) was completed in 2015, and this building is currently in use. New facilities provided included a new physiology laboratory (for 64 students) and a new chemistry laboratory (for 65 students). 

Stage 2 will be completed in late 2016 and will see the completion of new Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment and Faculty of Arts and Education teaching laboratories. These new facilities will include:

  • a biology laboratory (for 76 students)
  • a PC2 (microbiology) laboratory (for 36 students)
  • two new science education laboratories (for 30 students each)
  • construction of three levels of atrium space.

New spaces for the school of Education

Levels 1 and 2 of building N have been revamped to create stylish new spaces for the School of Education.

This project has upgraded the teaching spaces to create modern classrooms with flexible furniture, including two mathematics labs to accommodate up to 36 students per room.

The Professional Experience Office is now conveniently located next to the Faculty Student Support Office on level 1 of building N.

Building E now has increased capacity for staff and students and boasts specialised formal and informal learning spaces for arts education. The project has allowed for greater flexibility in the delivery of programs, and provided an overall improvement to the quality of the building.

Spaces created and improvements made include:

  • an instrument laboratory (Level 1)
  • a music studio (Level 1)
  • a dance/drama studio (Level 2)
  • a student gathering space (Level 2)
  • a staff space and hot desk area (Level 2)
  • a staff kitchenette (Level 2)
  • a digital arts studio (Level 3)
  • a visual arts studio (Level 3)
  • upgraded and compliant toilets on all levels.

New facilities for the school of Nursing and Midwifery

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has revitalised spaces on levels 1 and 2 of building W, almost doubling capacity to accommodate Deakin’s growing School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The spaces include:

  • upgraded foyer and reception
  • new kitchen facilities 
  • new air-conditioned office space 
  • a new community health centre and a midwifery simulation laboratory.