Future of Fort Largs secured with AVJennings and National Trust partnership
AVJennings has been named the preferred developer of the 7.4 hectare site of the former Fort Largs Police Academy following a public expression of interest process. The sale of the Fort Largs site was announced in 2009 to partially recoup the cost of the newly developed neighbouring Police Academy at Taperoo.
The developer plans to build about 250 homes at the site, supporting an estimated 100 jobs a year during the six-year construction period and generating approximately $100 million of investment.
“This project will enable the development of a new beachfront community, creating jobs and stimulating private investment, while also safeguarding the historic Fort Largs for the public.”
– South Australian Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, The Hon Stephen Mullighan, MP.
The on site fort is listed on the State Heritage Register, which prohibits demolition and promotes standards for preservation and maintenance. As part of the deal the National Trust will own and operate the fort, assuming responsibility for its restoration, maintenance and future use.
The National Trust will be supported with State Government funding and will be working towards opening the site to the public.
AVJennings and the National Trust are working on a joint business case for the future redevelopment and conservation of the heritage-listed Fort buildings. As part of the development proposal, AVJennings plans to reuse the Drill Hall as a community facility and the Barracks as apartments.
“We strongly believe that the heritage listed fort, barracks and Drill Hall are integral to the success of the project and their preservation will significantly contribute to the character of this new community.”
– AVJennings State General Manager (SA), Brian Virgo
The developer is also working with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield on a masterplan for the site taking into account the views of the local community.
For more information visit the AVJennings website.