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Aerial view of the Adelaide Riverbank and Adelaide City precinct at sunset.

We think it’s important to stop and reflect on our achievements from time to time. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately…

$14.6 million upgrade announced for the Market to Riverbank link

The Market to Riverbank link upgrade project incorporates Bank Street, Leigh Street, Topham Mall, Bentham Street and Pitt Street; creating a more streamlined and vibrant inner city connection from Adelaide Central Markets in Victoria Square, all the way to the up and coming Adelaide Riverbank precinct.

The recent announcement that Renewal SA and Adelaide City Council will together provide $14.6 million towards this exciting new project means upgraded intersections, new paving, lighting, trees, landscaping, street furniture and public art.

The 15,000 people who use these streets daily can expect an improved pedestrian and cycling connection that is already in the design phase, taking input from the wider public and local businesses. Capital works are expected to start in early 2017 and be completed in 2018.

Bold vision for the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site revealed attracting more than $1 billion dollars in private investment

This weekend’s announcement regarding the redevelopment of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site is brilliant news for all South Australians. The bold vision from preferred proponents Commercial and General alongside John Holland will comprise of four separate yet harmonious quarters:

  • Garden Quarter featuring more than two hectares of land transferred to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens
  • University and Innovation Quarter including multiple universities collaborating with incubators, start-ups, financiers, businesses and social organisations
  • Culture and Tourism Quarter strengthening Adelaide’s reputation as a global cultural and tourism destination
  • Living Quarter catering for vibrant, student-centred facilities through to aged-care accommodation.

Whilst under construction the redevelopment is expected to create around 1000 jobs per annum and 2900 jobs in the vicinity once completed. Overall, this is estimated to generate $7.5 billion of economic activity, more than $1 billion in private investment.

The extensive ongoing community engagement process that is being undertaken by state government will ensure that all South Australians have the opportunity to give their input on what is set to be a global destination.

Opportunities for innovative and unique activations at the old Royal Adelaide site open now!

In the interim period between the innovative space being relaunched, Renewal SA and state government are passionate about keeping the old Royal Adelaide site activated for the public. We are now seeking interested groups and individuals who have great ideas (big or small) to ensure the East End of the City stays lively and engaging throughout this transition. So if you have a passion for events, installations, art, cultural projects, unique retail, co-working spaces or any other innovative idea to invigorate our state be sure to submit your expression of interest (edit: expressions of interest now closed).

Over 4000 people attended the official opening of Bowden Town Square

In the biggest community milestone to date, Bowden Town Square officially opened this Saturday 29 October. The event saw around 4000 people visit the revitalised suburb to explore the combined spaces of Bowden Town Park, Plant 4 Bowden and the Bowden IGA.

Pop-up market stalls and food trucks fed and quenched the thirst of guests, whilst live music floated throughout the space. The crowds were treated to free face painting, henna, live caricature drawings, trips from EcoCaddy and much more in what was a glorious day for the project and the community.

More than 1200 innovators participated in Australia’s largest networking event ‘Icebreaker’ at Tonsley

The Tonsley Innovation Precinct recently saw the biggest networking event in Australian history flood through their doors. More than 1,200 innovators took part in the speed networking that attempted to break the Guinness World Record. Each guest was paired with over 20 like-minded business owners, individuals and students, networking for a maximum of 90 seconds.

Sadly the record was not beaten, narrowly missing the Guinness Book of Records’ winning event hosted in Belgium in 2014; however, attendees still enjoyed an educational and fruitful evening of networking; creating new professional relationships solidified by South Australian premium food, wine, beer and entertainment.

1300 new homes revealed as part of transformation plans at Port Adelaide

The areas of North West, Fletcher’s Slip, Cruickshank’s Corner, Dock One and Port Approach have new homes on the horizon as preferred proponents Starfish Developments and Cedar Woods Properties Limited put forward their proposals for the precincts.

Dock One and Port Approach (South) in the east of the inner harbour, are proposed to have 760 developed by Starfish Developments, with 500 homes in the North West and Fletcher’s Slip in the west and north of the inner harbour to be developed by Cedar Woods Properties Limited. During the seven years of construction these projects are expected to create around 250 jobs a year and generate about $280 million in private investment.

In addition, public consultation highlight the importance of maintaining public access to the waterfront. As such, a promenade around the inner harbour is proposed, as well as an observation deck and an outdoor cinema creating a lively and well-rounded destination for both locals and visitors.

145,000 people attended Alpine Winter Village at the Adelaide Riverbank

This winter wonderland demonstration event sponsored by the Riverbank Authority and Renewal SA saw the Torrens Parade Ground packed for 25 days during the usually quieter winter. South Australians and visitors alike were treated to ice-skating, live music, and a revolving selection of Christmas-themed market stalls. Souls were warmed with bonfires, hearty food selections and an Apres Ski Lodge bar for the adults featuring mulled wine and eggnog.

It was positive to see the public so actively engaged with the Adelaide Riverbank precinct, where innovative events such as this will be held in the future.

Eight landmark renewal opportunities released to market

Over the past six months there have been eight renewal opportunities released for expression of interest on the Renewal SA Developer Gateway. These are:

  • Goodman Court, South Plympton
  • Seaford Meadows
  • Mawson Lakes
  • Morphettville
  • 168 Prospect Road, Prospect
  • 49-51 Harris Road, Devon Park
  • Woodville Gardens
  • Rosslyn Court, Parkside.
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