Major Infrastructure Projects
The City of Adelaide is experiencing historically high levels of investment in major infrastructure projects, leaving a legacy for future South Australians and making Adelaide a more attractive place to visit, invest, live and do business. The Government of South Australia and the City of Adelaide, along with the Australian Government, the property and building industries, and some city universities, are investing heavily in iconic city projects. These projects reinforce Adelaide’s reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Under requirements of the City of Adelaide Act 1998 and as improvements continue to be made to Adelaide’s infrastructure, the Capital City Committee keeps a ‘watching brief’ on major city projects. As a catalyst and coordinator, we play an important role in bringing together parties to help get major projects off the ground and ensuring integration of effort and investment. These include:
- Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga
- Rundle Mall
- Riverbank Precinct
- Adelaide BioMed City
- Adelaide Oval and the Footbridge
- Adelaide Convention Centre
- Market District and Courts Precinct
Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga
With a $24 million upgrade, Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga is now one of the city’s premier event spaces and an accessible, lively and people focused place. The City of Adelaide redevelopment delivered features including a large event space for up to 5 000 people, a promenade with an ‘urban lounge’, a raised event space, a new water play fountain, modern public toilets, along with drinking fountains, bicycle racks, and ‘plug and play’ infrastructure for pop-up cafes and events. The central roadway has a dedicated bus way as well as pedestrian paths and bicycle lanes. The state heritage listed Three Rivers Fountain has been refurbished and relocated to the Square’s southern end.
City of Adelaide’s $30 million redevelopment of Rundle Mall has reaffirmed the precinct as the State’s premier shopping destination. The redesign was based on significant stakeholder and community engagement, resulting in the Rundle Mall Master Plan. Improvements span new high-quality paving; new seating, lighting and bicycle racks; tree planting and landscaping; and the introduction of ‘portable’ shops.
Visit the Rundle Mall website
Bound by the River Torrens, generous parklands and the cultural boulevard of North Terrace – Adelaide Riverbank is unlocking a network of active spaces and recreational, cultural, sporting and academic destinations. The Riverbank is also home to many of Adelaide’s most significant buildings and sites including Adelaide Festival Plaza and the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site, both of which are currently major city redevelopment projects. Upgrading of Festival Plaza will see 16,500m2 of public space established in the areas surrounding the Adelaide Festival Centre. The redevelopment of the Royal Adelaide Hospital site provides a once in a generation opportunity to transform Adelaide’s CBD into an internationally acclaimed mixed-use precinct.
View details of both projects on the Adelaide Riverbank website
Adelaide BioMed City
The $3.6 billion Adelaide BioMed City is one of the largest health and life sciences clusters in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the CBD, it brings together research, education, clinical care and business development. It is home to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) completed in 2013 and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital completed in 2017. SAHMRI is purpose-built and state-of-the-art with cutting edge technology and equipment. It has been established as the State’s first independent flagship health and medical research institute, made possible with $200m in funding from the Australian Government.
The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH) is the State’s flagship public hospital, providing world-class health care and facilities for South Australians. Occupying a 10 hectare site, the NRAH will be the largest, most technologically advanced hospital in the State and one of the most advanced in the nation, employing some 6 000 people, with 800 beds and projected to have around 800 000 admissions each year.
Adjacent to NRAH and SAHMRI are two new facilities made possible with funding of $100 million from the Australian Government: $40 million has been invested in a Centre for Cancer Biology, a partnership of the University of South Australia with SA Pathology and $60 million in a new medical school for the University of Adelaide that brings together the Schools of Medicine and Nursing.
Visit the Adelaide BioMed City website
Adelaide Oval and Riverbank Footbridge
Redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval and construction of the $40 million Torrens Footbridge linking the Oval with a revitalized Riverbank and city centre was part of the South Australian Government’s vision to unite some of the State’s top sporting codes and deliver a world-class sporting stadium and event space within the city centre.
The redevelopment of this much loved stadium combined the best of bold new design with the renowned heritage of the Adelaide Oval, and was made possible with an investment of $535 million. The new Oval delivers the ultimate spectator experience, outstanding corporate facilities, is family friendly, and has world class facilities for sports people.
Visit the Adelaide Oval website
Adelaide Convention Centre[caption id="attachment_1245" align="alignleft" width="680"] Adelaide Convention Centre (artist impression)[/caption]
The South Australian Government’s $350 million expansion of the Adelaide Convention Centre reaffirms its place as one of the world’s premier conference centres, boosting the State’s economy and tourism industry. The redevelopment was completed in 2017, delivering a multi-purpose state of the art facility with plenary capacity of some 3 500 seats. The new look Convention Centre is one of the centrepieces of the revitalised Riverbank Precinct.
Visit the Adelaide Convention Centre website
Market District and Courts Precinct
The Adelaide Central Market is a 145 year old icon of the City. The district includes the Market, Chinatown, the Gouger Street dining strip, Grote Street, Franklin Street and Victoria Square/ Tartanyangga, with the South Australian Supreme Court and District Court located on its eastern edge.
Recognising the importance and value of this combined district the City of Adelaide has developed a District Plan for the area. Under the Plan, the Central Market Arcade will be redeveloped. An Expression of Interest (EOI) process is currently underway to identify a development partner. $31 million was also allocated to redevelopment of the higher courts precinct in the 2017/18 State budget. Works will involve upgrades to the Sir Samuel Way Building, Supreme Court Complex and Jeffcott Chambers.
For further details about the District Plan and Central Market Arcade redevelopment visit the City of Adelaide website
For further information about the Courts Precinct redevelopment visit the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure website