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 sought 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 developer will need to ensure the vision and objectives of the Bowden project are achieved and deliver clear benefits to the local community and State. There is also a requirement to include the reuse of structures of heritage and cultural significance.

Following an open and public competitive process the highly regarded developer MAB Corporation has been selected as the Preferred Proponent for the acquisition, remediation, and development of the historic land parcel. Renewal SA is now exclusively negotiating with MAB with a view to entering into a Development Agreement.

MAB proposes to create a unique master planned village, featuring:

a lively 11,500sqm Heritage Quarter – featuring a town piazza, retail shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and a 120-room boutique hotel – which will see historic elements like the State heritage-listed Retort House, chimney, Purifying House, Chief Street wall and tunnels brought back to life and celebrated

a mix of residential housing options for an estimated 2200 new residents, including at least 15% affordable housing, and townhouse and apartment options that cater for open market buyers, build-to-rent occupiers and aged care residents

1180 car parks – 520 public and 660 residential – with Electric Vehicle charging stations incorporated in all residential buildings as well as three dedicated Flexicar parks

a 6 Star Green Star community rating, which represents ‘World Leadership’ in environmentally sustainable practices. All power across the project will be delivered via 100% renewable energy provided through rooftop solar panels – the first project of its kind in South Australia

unbridled 24/7 access to parks and high-quality public realm with approximately one quarter or 1.5-hectares of the site retained as 100% publicly accessible open space for residents to relax, meet, exercise and play

removal of significant soil contamination from the site, remediating it not only for current residents but making it safe for future generations

$459m in capital expenditure investment creating hundreds of construction jobs over the life of the project and a further 730-1000 ongoing jobs once complete


substantial investment in public infrastructure such as bike paths and walkways reinforcing Bowden’s enviable reputation as a walkable community. This will not only provide maximum connectivity to nearby public transport including trains and trams but also seamless integration with the existing Bowden Precinct.


Community and stakeholder engagement around this project will continue to ensure feedback is incorporated. MAB is committed to ongoing community and stakeholder engagement to ensure everyone is aware of what’s happening and can continue to have input throughout the various phases of the project’s development.

The redevelopment of the former Gasworks site - also known as the Bowden Heritage Precinct is the next phase in the transformation of this former industrial area into a popular city fringe suburb that honours and enhances its rich heritage.

The 5.81-hectare site, formerly operated by Origin Energy, is bounded by the Outer Harbor Railway Line, Drayton, Chief and Second Streets.

Partners + investors

Partners + investors


A Word from the Chief Executive – May 2023

4 May 2023 in Hackham, Office for Regional Housing, Bowden, Reconciliation, About us, News, Property and Projects, Prospect

It has been an exciting start to the year with the Government of South Australia making significant announcements regarding land releases

New housing model to deliver premium and sustainable renting at Bowden

30 March 2023 in Bowden, News, Property and Projects

A $100 million apartment building at Bowden is set to flip Adelaide’s rental market on its head

Project pipeline revealed to unlock more affordable housing

14 February 2023 in Bowden, Playford Alive, News, Property and Projects, Prospect

A pipeline of strategic housing projects will deliver hundreds of new homes to the South Australian property market

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