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Two tractors on a work site, scooping dirt from the ground. Construction workers wearing yellow high-vis shirts and hard hats also working on site.

Work is continuing to transform the site into Adelaide’s creation and innovation neighbourhood, attracting high value industries and jobs.

The site is being redeveloped by the state government as a hub where leading edge institutions and companies can connect with start-ups, incubators and accelerators to launch their ideas and inventions across global markets.

Renewal SA is procuring suitably qualified and experienced contractors to undertake the demolition of the site’s obsolete 1960s buildings. This work will be delivered over several phases creating significant industry demand.

The obsolete buildings are being removed to make way for new developments on the site, which will create more business opportunities for the state’s development and building sectors.

New developments will include:

  • an Australian National Aboriginal Art and Culture Gallery and contemporary art space
  • an international centre for tourism, hospitality and food studies
  • short-stay temporary accommodation to support businesses on site and the university sector.

The agency is managing all stages of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site redevelopment, including site management and operation, tenant attraction and partnerships, curated site activation, demolition program, and the delivery of new infrastructure, public realm, building refurbishments and new builds.

Renewal SA General Manager, Project Delivery, Mark Devine said the demolition work was one of the biggest projects of its type ever undertaken in South Australia.

“It will pave the way for more than 70 per cent of the site to be opened up to the public for the first time, as well as presenting contractors with a unique opportunity to work on a large-scale infill development in a highly sought-after location in the Adelaide CBD,” he said.

“The combined cost of demolition and remediation for the entire project is estimated to be more than $150 million and will be completed over a series of staged public tenders.”

Stage Two demolition works include the Theatre Block, Outpatients’ Block, and the Emergency Block located in the centre of the site. ,

Stage Three demolition works will focus on the former Dental Hospital building in the north-west of the site.

The successful contractors for Stage Two and Three demolition works are expected to mobilise the site in early August 2018 with demolition activities planned to follow soon after.

Stage One demolition, comprising the Hone, Cobalt and East Wings and Emergency Link building, is being carried out by McMahon Services and is on track to be completed at the end of this year. Check out the Stage 1 progress in the gallery below.

In the coming weeks, Renewal SA will call for an independent superintendent to manage Stage Two and Three demolition and remediation works through an open tender.

In April 2018, Renewal SA went to an open market tender to engage a Managing Contractor for enabling works to prepare for Stage Two demolition and remediation. Appointment of the successful proponent is expected soon.

The obsolete buildings earmarked for demolition were built between 1950 and 1980, and predominantly contain a mix of metals, concrete and masonry, which must be separated, processed and removed from site.

Some also contain asbestos which will be appropriately removed. All waste will be processed appropriately, and either taken off site or recycled and reused.

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