Progress issue nine, September 2014
Four new members have been appointed to the state government’s Riverbank Authority, including Renewal SA’s Chief Executive, John Hanlon.
The Riverbank Authority was established to oversee the long-term vision and planning for the Riverbank Precinct and is chaired by former Tourism Australia CEO, Andrew McEvoy.
The four new members are:
- Malcolm Snow – an award-winning urban planner and landscape architect
- John Hanlon – the Chief Executive of Renewal SA
- Professor Tanya Monro – an award-winning Australian physicist known for her work in photonics
- Karyn Kent – Chief Executive of Education Adelaide with more than 18 years’ experience in the tourism industry.
The Vibrant City team – which has been temporarily overseeing activities for the riverbank precinct until the authority is fully operational – has also been brought into Renewal SA from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).
The first meeting of the Riverbank Authority is expected to take place within a few weeks.
We are very excited to announce the appointment of three new executives for Renewal SA who will make up the new four member Executive Team.
- General Manager, Commercial and Corporate Services: Michael Buchan, Renewal SA
- General Manager, People and Place Management: Georgina Vasilevski, formerly of DPTI
- General Manager, Project Delivery: Mark Devine, formerly of Devine Ltd
These people are passionate about Renewal SA and doing our part in driving the South Australian economy. We are confident that they will provide the level of leadership required to achieve our challenging priorities.
BOWDEN’S LARGEST DEVELOPMENT SITE NOW ON THE MARKET
Renewal SA has now released Bowden’s largest prime apartment site to developers with strong demand expected after the successful sell out of the Stage 1 development land.
The site, which is just over 5,000 square metres, and faces the future town square, is the largest to be offered since the transformation of Bowden began in 2012.
The land can accommodate up to four apartment buildings of between four and eight storeys, where a developer is expected to build up to 250 apartments over several stages.
Renewal SA Project Director, Chris Menz said Bowden is shaping up to become one of the most desirable addresses in inner city Adelaide.
“Demand for apartment and terrace living at Bowden is high with more than 190 dwellings sold to date,” said Mr Menz.
Fourteen projects are now in various stages of design, sales or development with Emmett Property the latest developer to bring a project to market with the recent launch of The Merchant Apartments.
The release of the new site will ensure quality apartments are available to meet demand over the next year or so.
Developers have until the closing date of Thursday 2 October to submit their interest over the site.
For more information go to lifemoreinteresting.com.au
Developers interested in the land release should contact Brett Williams on 0419 778 656 or Wayne Gibbings on 0418 826 072.
APARTMENT CONSTRUCTION COST DEMONSTRATION PROJECT UNDERWAY
The Apartment Construction Cost Demonstration Project, managed by Renewal SA, is underway with the appointment of leading Adelaide architectural firm Studio Nine appointed to design the project.
They will work with multi-award-winning building company Mossop Construction + Interiors, who were selected in July as the builder.
The project will explore alternative construction techniques and designs to reduce costs and increase affordability, enabling more South Australians to afford homes in areas of their choice.
Renewal SA Chief Executive John Hanlon said that over the next four to six months, Studio Nine and Mossop would embark on the critical research, design and documentation phase of the project.
“Together they will explore elements to reduce apartment purchase costs including building and site layout, construction methodology and choice of materials.”
If the right design and the right price are achieved, Renewal SA will fund construction in 2015 of a four-storey apartment building at The Square at Woodville West, an urban renewal project managed by Renewal SA. It is anticipated that the 16 to 20 apartments in the completed building would each sell for prices in the high $200,000s to low $300,000s.
RETAIL OPPORTUNITY AT WOODVILLE WEST
Renewal SA is seeking experienced retail operator/operators to establish businesses at The Square, Woodville West.
The Square, located 12 kilometres west of Adelaide’s CBD, will be home to around 425 new homes purpose designed around a series of connected parks, gardens and a central ‘main street’ known as The Village Square.
The Village Square will provide an opportunity for the preferred retailer or retailers to join in the design process to ensure the best possible outcomes for the operator/s and the local community.
This may potentially include the development of a one-stop shop with multiple retail offerings including a grocery store, café and newsagent among other speciality stores. It is anticipated that up to 1000 square metres of retail space could be available depending on the interest from retail operators.
The Expression of Interest for a retail operator will close on Thursday 16 October 16, 2014. The Expression of Interest is being managed by Knight Frank.
GLENSIDE SITE SOLD
In conjunction with the Department of State Development, Renewal SA has successfully completed the open tender process for the site of the Glenside State Drill Core Reference Library site with a sale to Beach Energy.
The 2.14 hectare parcel of land includes the Glenside State Drill Core Reference Library, heritage listed Z-Ward and a vacant parcel of land fronting Conyngham Street.
Beach Energy will develop the site to accommodate the company’s growth while meeting the requirements for the preservation of the heritage-listed Z Ward through adaptive reuse in line with the state’s heritage requirements.
More opportunities for developers and businesses are to follow shortly with the pending releases of the following sites:
- 15 Marmion Avenue Blair Athol, former Gepps Cross Senior School – 1.4 hectare – future residential development or potential reuse as a school subject to consent
- 8-10 Baliol St College Park, former Palm Lodge healthcare facility – 2200 square metres – future residential development
- 551 Lyrup Main Road, Lyrup, former Lyrup Primary School – 1.474 hectares – future residential development or tourist accommodation
- Beovich Road Ingle Farm, former Ingle Farm Community Kindergarten – 3337 square metres – future residential development.