Progress issue six, May 2014
I would like to take the opportunity to reflect and celebrate the successes of this organisation over the past two years.
There are so many achievements, too many to name here. But there are a number of which I am particularly proud.
Our flagship development at Bowden strongly reflects our commitment to creating a new urban form. With the first residents ready to move into their new homes in the coming months the project is truly fulfilling its vision.
Bowden will serve as a model for urban renewal for South Australia and beyond for years to come. It shows how a more compact development form, putting humans at the centre of design, can create places where people are drawn to live, work and recreate.
We have received recognition from our peers which strengthens our role as leader in urban revitalisation. UDIA’s prestigious national awards bestowed on our joint venture Lightsview are an example of this. Renewal SA will further cement our leadership role through initiatives such as the Apartment Cost Demonstration Project, which will show how developers can meet both housing demand and profitability goals.
The creation of the vision for Adelaide’s great park in the Riverbank Precinct will help realise the potential of this wonderful, yet underutilised, open space. Our community consultation process launched on St Patrick’s Day 2013 and completed in June attracted over 1500 community members who resoundingly told us to get on with delivering our vision for an active and inviting place.
Likewise, the recently completed master plan for the Port Adelaide precinct and all of the early physical improvements and activations leading up to this point, mean that the area will continue to thrive and grow as a community.
Nowhere is our commitment to people and the quality of their lives more evident than in our training and employment program. The Works has continued to grow and provide real avenues for people in difficult circumstances to change their lives for the better. The program’s steady expansion across our residential and industrial projects is a testament to how government, industry and communities can work together in productive and beneficial ways.
The list goes on: Playford Alive, Tonsley, The Square, affordable housing, to name just a few. And the opportunities and challenges on the horizon at a range of locations including Glenside, Oakden, Brompton, Kilburn Blair Athol, Murray Bridge and a host of others will continue to see our vision delivered.
Renewal SA is full of talented, successful, hardworking dedicated people working to improve the lives of South Australians. I would also like to thank all of our industry partners and leaders who have helped us deliver the government key objectives.
All the best,
Renewal SA will partner with industry to launch an Apartment Construction Cost Demonstration project aimed at helping developers to explore alternative construction techniques and designs to reduce costs and increase affordability for home buyers.
The project, the first of its kind in South Australia, will be guided by a Steering Group comprising representatives of the major industry bodies and Renewal SA.
Renewal SA General Manager, Major & Residential Project Delivery Michael Buchan said demonstrating the ability to reduce the construction cost of apartments will encourage smarter development, particularly outside of the CBD and in near CBD locations.
“It will provide more opportunities for South Australians to live in new, well-designed and affordable homes in a location of their choice,” he said.
“The design and construction techniques adopted for the project along with any newly created intellectual property will be shared without cost for the benefit of the entire industry.”
Renewal SA has allocated two sites within the Woodville West development for the project – one for an exclusively residential apartment building of 16 to 20 dwellings and a second mixed-use building of 8 to 12 dwellings and between four and six office and/or retail outlets.
Construction of the project is expected to start in early 2015.
Renewal SA welcomed Adelaide chef Chris Jarmer to Bowden this month with the opening of Jarmer’s Kitchen.
From all reports the restaurant has been a huge success in its opening weeks with most sittings fully booked.
Jarmer’s Kitchen takes over Plant 13 which is a neat symmetry for Chris, who has given a nod to his heritage with some of the items on the diverse menu.
Mr Jarmer said the whole Bowden precinct is fantastic.
“The whole development is awesome; we would really like to encourage getting a bit of a crowd down here,” he said.
“The presentation is very simple – it’s all about good-quality food at a good price.
“The menu has a modern Mediterranean flavour, with lots of share plates and the kitchen is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Jarmer’s Kitchen is at 18 Park Terrace, Bowden.