Construction has now begun on Adelaide Festival Plaza, to assist with understanding the project a series of FAQs have been created.
What is happening at the Adelaide Festival Plaza redevelopment?
Adelaide Festival Plaza is set to become a unique, world-class hub for the arts, culture, tourism and entertainment.
The redeveloped Festival Plaza will include a new square, upgrades to the northern promenade alongside Adelaide Festival Centre, a stronger integration with King William Road, a new Art Space Plaza, a reimagined Station Road and a new entry to the Adelaide Railway Station.
The public realm will include artwork, a water play feature, trees, shrubs and lawn, as well as ample seating and shelter to make it a year-round destination.
The upgrade of the public spaces will be complemented by the construction of a 27 storey building (including 23 office, two retail and two plant levels) with an underground 1560-space car park.
Have construction works already started?
Work has begun to transform Adelaide Festival Plaza into a world-class destination, and this requires temporary changes for pedestrians and traffic.
There are four separate construction contracts involved in this redevelopment and the first “the early works” has commenced.
Temporary changes are being made to allow safe passage throughout the Adelaide Riverbank for pedestrians and vehicles on Festival Drive.
The early works to lower Festival Drive will eventually improve pedestrian access throughout the precinct.
How long will the Northern (Riverside) doors of the Adelaide Railway Station be closed?
The Northern (Riverside) doors of the Adelaide Railway Station will be closed from 6 December 2016 to allow the first stage of the redevelopment to proceed this is estimated to be 12 months.
The new riverside connection to the Adelaide Railway Station will be open once the construction works allow safe pedestrian passage.
Access to and from Adelaide Railway Station will be from the North Terrace side via the concourse, ramp or the escalators.
How do I get around during the Festival Plaza redevelopment?
Maps, information pods, and improved signage throughout the precinct to help you to find your way around the Adelaide Riverbank during the Festival Plaza redevelopment.
Plan your visit to Adelaide Riverbank, access the latest information about how to find your way around on our maps page.
Download the Adelaide Riverbank app to help you explore, navigate your way around, discover the best route to your Riverbank destination and find out what’s on. Visit the website or the app store to download the app.
How about the businesses operating in and around the Adelaide Riverbank?
It’s ‘business as usual’ – all businesses are open
There is always something to do in the Adelaide Riverbank. Go to the events calendar or @AdelaideRiverbank to find out what is happening.
Enjoy the Adelaide Riverbank experience by attending one of the many cultural or business events, meeting friends for a meal, or staying the night at one of the nearby hotels.
Attend one of the many events or activations being held in the Adelaide Railway Station or Elder Park.
What is the overall vision of the Festival Plaza redevelopment within the Adelaide Riverbank?
The revitalised Adelaide Riverbank will become home to world-class facilities and will position itself as Adelaide’s premier destination for recreation, learning, entertainment and culture.
Renewal SA, through the Riverbank Authority, is transforming the Adelaide Riverbank into a world-class, must-experience destination and the iconic heart of Adelaide.
Our vision for the Adelaide Riverbank is to improve accessibility to and through the riverbank, create key destinations, and install a program of activation and place making activities to generate positive visitor experiences and perception of the space.
Is the Adelaide Festival Theatre temporarily closing?
As part of the redevelopment of Festival Plaza the Festival Theatre and its foyer will close for five months from 23 July 2017 to 26 December 2017. Other Adelaide Festival Centre venues including Dunstan Playhouse, Space Theatre and Artspace Gallery will all remain open during this period.