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south-west of Adelaide CBD






of Unley

Illustrative render of Forestville

The former Le Cornu site will be transformed into a food-orientated retail and residential community complete with SA’s first rooftop urban farm.

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About the project

The $250 million redevelopment of the 3.6-hectare Forestville site will deliver one of the most innovative master plans created in Adelaide, combining a bustling market square with retail and services, outdoor dining and play spaces, an Urban Green School, short-stay accommodation and apartment and townhouse living.

The result – a new heart for the city’s south-west corner.

A consortium led by South Australian independent retail group, Commercial Retail Group with national property developer Peet Limited and local developer Buildtec is bringing this long-dormant site back to life.


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The 3.6 hectare former Le Cornu site at Forestville, which has primary frontage onto Anzac Highway, was purchased by the State Government in October 2020.

Positioned as one of Adelaide’s last remaining vacant city fringe locations, the project was taken to market in March 2021 with the Commercial Retail Group/Peet/Buildtec consortium named as the successful proponents in June 2022.

Key features of the development include:

  • A Market Square with full line supermarket, open-air cafes, eateries and specialist retailers including a Flower Bar and Wellbeing Centre/Day Spa
  • Approximately 219 high-quality apartments across four towers (six, seven and eight storey) and 71 townhouses (two and three storey) providing opportunities across varying life stages and lifestyle
  • 67 short-stay apartments to cater for tourism, corporate and wellbeing sectors
  • Urban Green School where students will learn about sustainable food production, urban farming and business skills with 250 Urban Green School placements and a minimum of 50 apprenticeship and traineeship places during the first three years via an agreement with TAFE SA
  • A rooftop Urban Farm practicing regenerative agriculture and tended by students from the Urban Green School
  • 30% open and green space, approximately half of which will be 24/7 publicly accessible land.

Stage 1 of construction, which will include the Market Square, Urban Farm and townhouses, is scheduled to begin in 2024 with the first residents to move in, in late 2025 and Market Square opening in late 2026. Full project completion is anticipated by 2029.

An estimated 900 direct and indirect jobs will be supported during construction with a further 500 ongoing roles created across retail, services, education and hospitality.

Stakeholders and community

Community feedback was important in informing the vision for the project, and it will continue to play an important role as the development progresses.

In 2021, Renewal SA conducted online community engagement for the Forestville development, to help us understand the community’s connection to and interest in the area and hear concerns regarding the development.

Following this engagement, a draft master plan was developed for the site.

In 2022, Renewal SA invited members of the community to share their views on the draft master plan at the Locale Forestville Community Drop-in session.

You can view the engagement report summarising this feedback under resources below.

If you have any queries regarding the community engagement for the Forestville Development, please contact the Renewal SA Engagement Team on
Phone: 8207 1300 or Email: [email protected]

Development application public consultation

The Forestville Consortium has lodged its proposed development application with the State Planning Commission. The link below will take you to the PlanSA portal where you can view all the documents it has lodged as part of its proposal. The portal also allows members of the public to submit a representation if they wish. The closing date for consultation is Thursday, 7 September 2023.

Application 23020901 | Submission | PlanSA

Heritage and culture

The Kaurna Miyurna (Kaurna people) are the traditional owners of the Land and Renewal SA is committed to engaging the Kaurna Miyurna in the planning, design and development of the project.


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