Progress issue five, April 2014
Renewal SA is pleased to welcome the new Minister for Housing and Urban Development, the Honourable John Rau MP. Mr Rau is also Deputy Premier, Attorney General, Minister for Justice Reform, Planning, and Industrial Relations.
Proceedings are off to a great start, with the Minister articulating his vision for Renewal SA at a recent all staff briefing.
Renewal SA and the wider industry will greatly benefit from having such an experienced Minister who has demonstrated his commitment to improving South Australia’s urban form.
We also welcome the Honourable Stephen Mullighan MP, as the Minister Assisting the Minister for Housing and Urban Development.
Renewal SA manages over 1,400 individual land parcels totalling over 4,100 hectares, and manages over 200 leases covering more than 275,00 square metres of building area.
Renewal SA’s Asset Management division also looks after land acquisitions and sales, including the sale of government land declared surplus to requirements.
A number of significant properties have either recently been released to market, or are being prepared for sale to be released to market over the next month or so. These include:
- Fort Largs – the former police academy site of about seven hectares with heritage listed Fort expected to be released in May 2014.
- Ferryden Park Primary School – a former school site of around 3.7 hectares. Expressions of interest closed 10 April 2014.
- Salisbury North West Primary School – a site of around 3.5 hectares released in April 2014.
- Evanston Pre School – site of around 2,600 square metres on the market with expression of interest closing 8 May. .
- Norton Summit Rd, Magill – a warehouse on a site of around 1,240 square metres. Contracts exchanged.
- Tragenza Ave Elizabeth South – a former nursing home on a site of around 4,785 square metres, released in April 2014.
- Glenside Core Library – comprising DMITRE Drill Core Library, a heritage-listed building known as Z Ward which was part of the former Glenside Hospital, and vacant land with total site area of about 2.14 hectares expected to be released in mid-May 2014.
The innovative Bowden development on the edge of the CBD has scored an Australian first, being awarded Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star rating for a townhouse.
Terraces on Sixth by Rivergum has become the first townhouse design in Australia to be certified a 5 star Green Star rating by the independent body Green Building Council of Australia.
A Green Star rating indicates substantial operational cost savings, lower environmental impacts and greater comfort levels than a standard building fit out. It demonstrates excellence in sustainable development. This is a requirement of developers who purchase land at Bowden.
The Terraces on Sixth were designed to minimise the environmental impacts. Local materials, recycled bricks, certified plantation timer and bamboo flooring have been sourced to add value to the homes and are requirements for the certification.
Renewal SA is also targeting 5 Star Green Star Communities at Bowden to set new standards for a liveable community in Adelaide. Renewal SA’s project director for Bowden Chris Menz said:
“All buildings at Bowden will use sustainable design principles including solar access, natural healthy ventilation, wind control, visual and acoustic privacy, whilst being energy and water efficient.
“New home owners at Bowden will benefit from architecturally designed, independently certified light-filled homes that work well in both summer and winter. Bowden will show that there is a better way to live in apartments and terraces and increase your quality of life by being located in the most convenient and well-designed new quarter of the city.”
“Bowden is redefining apartment and terrace living in Adelaide – setting very high standards as minimum requirements, of which Green Star is just one. Renewal SA works with developers to help them achieve those.