Research Innovation Science and Engagement (RISE) Precinct

A new Research Innovation Science and Engagement (RISE) Precinct is coming to the Melbourne Burwood Campus.

The RISE Precinct will provide world-class, highly-flexible learning spaces for multi-discipline research and teaching.

Deakin is building for the future of science, research and technology with the development of the new RISE Precinct. This will involve construction of a new multi-level building (Building HA), along with refurbishment of buildings L and T to create over 19,000m2 of space that will:

  • improve teaching capacity through increased number of fit-for-purpose teaching spaces
  • support the University’s research growth with spaces specifically designed for industry collaboration, commercial research partnerships and an international research hub
  • foster a culture of collaboration and transition between disciplines through the co-location of key schools – School of Life and Environmental Sciences, School of Information Technology and Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM).

The new building is expected to be operational in 2023, with the full precinct realised by Trimester 1, 2024. The RISE Precinct will provide the necessary contemporary, collaborative, flexible-teaching and workspace facilities for Deakin's next generation of innovators.

Project summary



Completion date

Trimester 1, 2024

Project manager

Nicole Tarr
Infrastructure and Property Group
+61 3 9244 6290

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Future opportunities

The new facilities will provide significant opportunities for growth in study, research, collaboration and industry engagement, such as:

  • increasing the undergraduate and postgraduate course offerings
  • expanding the research footprint through specialised spaces and equipment
  • creating new opportunities for industry collaboration with fit-for-purpose engagement spaces.

The design process

Early concept development work has begun with key stakeholders, guiding the planning and design of the project. This process is being led by IPG and Denton Corker Marshall architects in collaboration with key Deakin stakeholders. Extensive stakeholder engagement will continue and deepen to ensure the facility meets the needs of the Deakin student and staff community.

Once this processes is completed, the full design scope and inclusions will be made available.

As indicated in early consultation, the new Building HA will look to include:

  • research laboratories
  • specialised teaching laboratories (modular laboratories)
  • informal learning spaces
  • industry engagement showcase spaces
  • staff workspaces.

Location, location, location

The RISE Precinct will have a prominent position in the central area of campus, near existing IFM facilities and buildings L and T. This is in close proximity to the library in Building V, cafes, public transport and student services in Central Precinct.