Major Infrastructure Projects
The City of Adelaide is experiencing an historic 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 Adelaide City Council, along with the Australian Government, the property and building industries, and some city universities, are investing heavily in iconic city projects. These projects will 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
- South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct
- Adelaide Oval and the Footbridge
- Adelaide Convention Centre
- Market District and Courts Precinct
Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga
Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga has been revealed as Adelaide’s premier public square, following completion of Adelaide City Council’s $24 million investment over two years to turn the space into an accessible, lively and people focused place. The refurbishment includes 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 space for 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.
Adelaide City Council’s $30 million Rundle Mall redevelopment has modernised 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 here
The new Adelaide Riverbank, centered around the city’s primary watercourse the River Torrens, embraces four main areas stretching from Bowden to Gilberton: a revamped Bonython Park, a health and biomedical precinct, an entertainment precinct including a redeveloped Festival Plaza, and an education and cultural precinct. The grand vision for Adelaide’s Riverbank is to create a vibrant hub for the city that all South Australians, as well as interstate and international visitors, can enjoy.
More details are at www.riverbank.sa.gov.au
South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct
South Australia’s new Health and Biomedical precinct is shaping up as the largest precinct of its type in the southern hemisphere. The city’s north-western corner near the corner of West Terrace and North Terrace is already home to the construction of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH) and the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
When the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is completed in 2017, it will be 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.
Construction is now complete on the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute Facility. SAHMRI is purpose-built and state-of-the-art with cutting edge technology and equipment. SAHMRI was established as the state’s first independent flagship health and medical research institute, made possible with $200 m in funding from the Australian Government.
SAHMRI is home to a team of over 600 leading researchers, working on in the research areas of: Aboriginal Health; Cancer; Healthy Mothers; Babies and Children; Heart Health; Infection and Immunity; Mind and Brain; and Nutrition and Metabolism.
Learn more about SAHMRI and its latest news at sahmri.com
Adjacent to NRAH and SAHMRI will be two new facilities made possible with funding of $100 m from the Australian Government, including $40 m for a Centre for Cancer Biology to focus on research into cancer and particularly blood-related cancers; a partnership of the University of South Australia and SA Pathology. The remaining $60 m will be invested in a new medical school for the University of Adelaide that brings together the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Construction starts in 2014.
Adelaide Oval and Riverbank Footbridge
The redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval is part of the Government of South Australia’s vision to unite some of the state’s top sporting codes and deliver a world-class sporting stadium and event space for all South Australians, sitting within a revitalised Riverbank precinct with improved links to the city. The project to redevelop this inner-city stadium combined the best of bold new design with the renowned heritage of the Adelaide Oval, and was made possible with a state government investment of $535 million . The new Adelaide Oval delivers the ultimate spectator experience, outstanding corporate facilities, is family friendly, and has world-class facilities for sports people. The size and scale of the project means it has created significant employment opportunities for South Australians and local firms. The southern stand and entrance plaza were completed for the Ashes Test in late 2013, with the entire redevelopment completed for the start of the Australian Football League season in March 2014.
The new $40 million Riverbank Footbridge is Adelaide’s newest landmark, linking the redeveloped Adelaide Oval with the Festival Centre and a revitalised Riverbank. The bridge links millions of dollars in investment on both sides of the River Torrens.
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The state government’s $350 million expansion of the Adelaide Convention Centre aims to reaffirm its place as one of the world’s premier conference centres, boosting the South Australia’s economy and its tourism industry. The redevelopment is due for completion in late 2017. This upgrade will deliver a multi-purpose state of the art facility with plenary capacity of some 3 500 seats. The new-look Convention Centre will be one of the centrepieces of the revitalised Riverbank Precinct.
To view a ‘fly through’ of the construction visit www.adelaidecc.com.au/what-s-on/acc-expansion
Market District and Courts Precinct
The Adelaide Central Market, located between Grote and Gouger Streets is a 145 – year- old icon of the city and South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction. Adjacent the Market, Chinatown, the Gouger Street dining strip, Grote Street, Franklin Street and Victoria Square/ Tartanyangga are also features of this popular district, with the South Australian Supreme Court and District Court located on its eastern edge.
Recognising the importance and value of this combined ‘district’, the Adelaide City Council has developed a District Plan for the area. The approach emphasises collaboration and working with community and stakeholders to recognise the area’s unique and positive attributes and the best ways to build upon this existing ‘place capital’ to develop it for the future. The Central Market Arcade will also be revitalised, with a master plan for the site currently under development.