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Deakin’s Waurn Ponds Campus will become the epicentre of world-leading research and innovation with the development of the new Geelong Future Economy Precinct.
The large-scale 543ha site, developed in collaboration with Marcus Oldham College and Epworth Hospital will attract and host global leaders working in the areas of advanced manufacturing, materials, energy, sustainability, technology, health and high-value agricultural initiatives with strong research links.
The Precinct development project will also establish Deakin as a world leader in sustainable infrastructure design, which will be delivered in stages over a four-year period (2018-2022).
Driving Geelong’s ‘knowledge economy’
With unparalleled scale, services, infrastructure, human capital and collaborative research capability, the new Geelong Future Precinct will be a key driver of the region’s economic transition into a highly productive ‘knowledge economy’.
The site replaces and extends on the former Waurn Ponds Technology Precinct, which has undergone major development over the last 10 years. The site is already home to several world-leading research, carbon fibre and advanced manufacturing enterprises, which has seen the creation of 2,000 knowledge jobs. This includes ISSRI, Carbon Nexus, Carbon Revolution and ManuFutures.
Deakin is undertaking a staged approach to sustainable infrastructure development that will maximise the long-term growth and potential of the Precinct and its users.
The development of the Precinct will also enable world–class research into small scale infrastructure development, providing a model that could be adopted around the globe.
Improved campus access and services
Precinct development will expand the existing infrastructure and provide the necessary services such as:
- internal road access to previously undeveloped land
- extend and upgrade services infrastructure
- opportunities for implementing sustainability initiatives.
- Nicol Drive South Extension: Internal road network has been extended 700m beyond Waurn Ponds Estate to facilitate access to the Solar Farm and future partnerships within the precinct.
- Renewable Energy Microgrid: A 7.25 megawatt solar energy system and associated research centre.
- Campus Entrance Upgrades: Traffic signals have been installed at both intersections on Pigdons Road, at Alfred Deakin Drive (Entrance 1) and Nicol Drive North (Entrance 2).
- Nicol Drive North Extension: Internal road network has been extended beyond ManuFutures to service future development and expansion opportunities.
- Epworth Place Roadway Extension: Roadway to be extended by 1km to provide a new alternative entrance into the Geelong Future Economy Precinct at the Deakin University Waurn Ponds campus.