Our flagship development at Bowden strongly reflects our commitment to creating a new urban form. It shows how putting humans at the centre of design can create places where people are drawn to live, work and recreate.

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About Bowden

Bowden is, without doubt, serving as a model for urban renewal and inner city living for South Australia and beyond for years to come.

People-focused to maximise convenience, accessibility and sustainability objectives, Bowden has achieved a 6 Star Green Star Community rating.

Bowden is the state government’s first higher density urban infill project. Located 2.5 kilometres from Adelaide’s CBD on 16 hectares of land bordered by parklands, the project sets new standards in urban renewal.


With the community well established and thriving, the project is realising its vision

Project progress

Twenty separate residential and commercial projects now in various stages of development.

The first affordable housing projects are now complete providing accommodation for key city workers.

Stages 1, 2, 3 and 6 shared streets and parks are complete and open to the public.

Bowden Seven by Rossdale Homes was awarded South Australia’s first 5 star Green Star building design certification.

Terraces on Sixth by Rivergum Homes is Australia’s first Green Star certified townhouse development, with a 5 star rating.

The Prince’s Terrace, by Defence Housing Australia and The Prince’s Foundation, is the first residential project to receive a ‘6 star rating’ from Green Building Council of Australia.

Continued growth of Plant 4, a thriving community hub attracting thousands of visitors each week.

Bowden Park and Kevin Taylor Park complete and Emu Park now upgraded.

Upgrade to the adjacent Adelaide Park Lands complete with sporting and barbecue facilities and pedestrian lights linking Bowden to the parklands and the CBD.

Community garden completed.

A new lowered Bowden Railway Station has been built between Gibson Street and Park Terrace and new cycling and pedestrian infrastructure runs adjacent and across the rail line, for improved connectivity.

Completion of the Outer Harbor Greenway – a continuous 20km cycling route from Port Adelaide to the CBD.

Project targets

Remediation and reuse of the historical former Origin gas works site including the reuse of heritage buildings.

Supporting and building on the strong sense of creativity and community that radiates throughout Bowden with a collaborative placemaking approach.

Bowden Heritage Precinct

An exciting new milestone.

Renewal SA has held a long-term vision to see Bowden Heritage Precinct remediated and transformed into a vibrant, healthy and active area as part of the Bowden redevelopment.

In July 2021, we will be seeking interest from external parties on development options for the site to take advantage of the increased interest we are receiving from both local and interstate parties.

The process will seek to ensure the vision and objectives of the Bowden project are achieved and deliver clear benefits to the local community and State. There will also be a requirement to include the reuse of structures of heritage and cultural significance.

We will be taking the former Gasworks site to market in a two-stage process – a Registration of Interest followed by a Request for Proposal. This will be an open and public competitive process and subject to necessary probity requirements required for the sale of such a significant State-owned asset.

Community and stakeholder engagement around this project will continue to ensure feedback is incorporated.

Heritage considerations

In 2015, a section within the Bowden Heritage Precinct was provisionally entered into the State Heritage Register as a State Heritage Place. This listing was confirmed in October 2018 (it is important to note that in accordance with the Development Act 1993, development applications relating to provisional entries are assessed the same as confirmed entries).

Site works commenced in August 2018 with the demolition of other structures to enable broader development, improve accessibility through the precinct and showcase retained heritage structures. This will also help to connect the precinct with other stages of the Bowden project, delivering on the Bowden Master Plan’s commitment to connectivity.

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A year of hard work – and achievement

21 December 2021 in Bowden, Aldinga, Development Opportunities, Playford Alive, About us, News, The Square at Woodville West, Lot Fourteen, Oakden and Gilles Plains, Prospect

In this final update for the year, our Board’s Presiding Member takes stock of our achievements in 2021

Bowden booms with two new townhouse developments and a growing business neighbourhood

17 November 2021 in Bowden, News, Property and Projects, Project Delivery

Renewal SA is forging ahead with two new Green Star rated developments at Bowden

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