Renewal SA in partnership with Shared_Studios has brought Australia’s first interactive gold portal to Adelaide to connect you with the world and keep the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site activated during redevelopment.
On 6 November, KIK Coffee opened its doors at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site in partnership with Renewal SA’s Works Program to provide high school students with training in café and barista roles, plus brand development and entrepreneurship.
Transforming Adelaide's city centre through the creation of an innovative mixed-use precinct.
The bold vision for the Royal Adelaide Site will transform it into an innovative mixed-use precinct, focusing on open spaces, accommodation, commerce, arts, culture, and education.
Objective 1: Create a world-class precinct
Deliver significant social and community values for South Australians.
Deliver innovative and world-class buildings and public spaces.
Provide a significant tourism or cultural character.
Objective 2: Have an economic focus
Advance the State’s ten economic priorities.
Create new employment opportunities.
Deliver an economically viable precinct that integrates with the East End and supports the city of Adelaide.
Aligns with Renewal SA and Adelaide Riverbank strategic objectives.
Objective 3: Activated through a mix of uses
Improve public activation through a range of cultural, commercial and recreational uses.
Deliver the optimum mix of uses for the site.
Objective 4: Be connected
Strengthen connections to Adelaide’s East End, the Adelaide Riverbank’s education and cultural precinct and Adelaide Botanic Garden.
Objective 5: Be sustainable
Support the creation of a carbon-neutral city.
Achieve best practice in sustainable design.
Explore the re-use of existing built form and site infrastructure where appropriate.
Create a healthy, people focused place.
Other buildings including the magnificent heritage-listed buildings on North Terrace and Frome Road will be retained, adapted and re-used. These buildings present great opportunities for immediate, short-term tenancies and activations as well as long-term redevelopment and a new lease on life.
The unique mix of open space, culture, industry, commerce, education, history and new development will create a thriving, industrious and vibrant precinct for all South Australians to enjoy and be proud of.
The demolition of the majority of non-heritage hospital buildings in the centre of the site and on Frome Road will be demolished and the site remediated, creating new public spaces as well as commercial, educational, arts, cultural, tourism and accommodation development opportunities.
Removal of the East, Hone and Cobalt Wing buildings on the eastern boundary of the site will make way for a parkland setting that will integrate with the adjoining Adelaide Botanic Garden.
The first new development sites are anticipated to be cleared and ‘shovel ready’ for development from 2020.
Demolition and remediation will be completed in stages, and is estimated to take a minimum of three years in total.
Before the site is redeveloped, it will be assessed (and remediated if required) to ensure it is safe and suitable for the intended use.
The buildings earmarked for demolition were built between 1950 and 1980, with some containing asbestos that requires removal. Most consist of a mix of materials including metals, concrete and masonry that require separation, processing and removal from the site.
All waste will be appropriately processed, and either removed or recycled and reused.
Stage One demolition
The first stage will take up to a year and include the East Wing building adjacent to the Botanic Garden.
As demolition contractor, McMahon Services is not only responsible for planning and managing the building demolition works, but also for public safety, environmental management, traffic management, as well as communicating and coordinating with stakeholders to minimise impact and disruptions.
Works are scheduled for 7.00am–5.30pm on Monday to Friday, and 7.00am–3.30pm on Saturday.
If Sunday or night works are required, stakeholders will be notified of activities and timing in advance.
Heritage listed buildings on North Terrace and Frome Road will be retained, adapted and re-used.
These buildings present great opportunities for immediate, short-term tenancies and activations as well as long-term redevelopment and a new lease on life.
Background information on each of the heritage assets is available in the adjacent fact sheet downloads.
The government is also introducing a range of measures to encourage the reuse of old buildings, particularly in the CBD. A new Minister’s Specification will reduce the mandatory building performance standards for existing buildings from 79 under the National Construction Code to 24. This performance-based red tape reduction, which will not compromise safety standards, will potentially save owners and investors hundreds of thousands of dollars in upgrading costs.
The government will use these new performance based standards in the adaptive re-use of buildings on the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site, as a demonstration project.
In September 2017 the state government made the decision to retain all elements of the project in public hands.
Renewal SA will maintain full control over each stage of the project including the initial site vacation coordination in partnership with SA Health.
Next steps include the commencement of the
demolition and remediation program while the vision and spatial master plan for the redevelopment is finalised.
Other aspects led by Renewal SA include project management, and asset and site precinct management.
Renewal SA will also lead the marketing, communications, place activations and engagement of the site.
Renewal SA will be responsible for delivering a curated program of place activation across the Royal Adelaide site, bringing new life to the East End, helping to boost jobs, stimulate economic and social activity and play a key role in the future of the Adelaide Riverbank.
At the end of 2016, we invited entrepreneurs, organisations and business groups to submit expressions of interest for short-term activations to bring new life and activity to the site.
We had more than 60 applications with ideas ranging from innovation, science and education through to arts, culture, entertainment and food and beverage, and successful applicants are in the process of being advised.
For any enquiries regarding activation please contact our Place Manager on (08) 8207 0516.