Two major milestones have been achieved this week at Australia’s most exciting ideas neighbourhood — the release to market of its last major demolition tender program and the start of refurbishment work on one of its prestigious, state heritage-listed buildings.
Lot Fourteen is being developed by the state government in Adelaide’s city centre on the site of a former major public hospital to drive growth in deep tech sectors and bring people together people to share spaces, experiences and ideas.
The last major demolition tender program at Lot Fourteen
Renewal’s SA Acting Chief Executive Mark Devine said the Stage 3A Demolition Program involved the deconstruction of the large North Wing and Residential Wing buildings.
“This demolition stage is expected to generate activity in the building industry for up to two years and create about 100 new jobs, adding to the current on-site workforce of almost 500 contractors,” Mr Devine said.
“With the heritage buildings soon to reach full occupancy, demolition of the obsolete buildings at Lot Fourteen paves the way for construction of new buildings and civic spaces specifically designed to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and knowledge-intensive jobs that will support South Australia’s future industries and economic growth.”
Demolition work across Lot Fourteen is one of the most significant projects of its kind in Australia, which is being delivered in stages with a total cost of approximately $150 million.
Repurposing our heritage buildings
In another major milestone at Lot Fourteen, the state heritage-listed Bice Building on North Terrace is ready to undergo refurbishment, due for completion in 2020.
International design practice HASSELL studio is the lead architect for this multi-million dollar heritage refurbishment.
“The Bice Building will be fully restored with flexible internal layout options and modern adaptive workplaces to attract talent and it will become home to future industries,” Mr Devine said.
“The design vision for Lot Fourteen is to create a seamless digital and physical environment spanning the repurposed heritage buildings and future buildings to allow occupants to productively move freely, work effectively and collaborate,” Mr Devine said.
Refurbishment is progressing across Lot Fourteen’s other state heritage-listed buildings. The Allied Health Building is to be completed in the coming months and will be home to a major start-up hub, operated by Stone & Chalk, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Living Lab. The former Women’s Health Centre is being re-fitted for the University of Adelaide’s Australian Institute for Machine Learning.
The McEwin Building will be home to the Australian Space Agency, Mission Control and the Space Discovery Centre and its refurbishment will also be completed later this year.
Further details of the Stage 3A Demolition Program tender are available online at SA Tenders and Contracts.