Redevelopment of Old Royal Adelaide Hospital site to breathe new life into East End
The Government is taking control of the redevelopment of the seven hectare site, ensuring full control over all elements of the project remain in public hands.
This follows an extensive negotiation process with a preferred developer for the site, whose final offer has ultimately been rejected by the Government.
Following on the success of projects at Bowden, Tonsley and Festival Plaza, the State Government will adopt the same approach for the prominent North Terrace site.
The decision paves the way to realise the Government’s vision for a mixed-use development including:
- Returning more than two hectares (30 per cent) of the site to the Botanic Garden
- Opening up 70 per cent of the site to the public
- Developing educational and research facilities
- Attracting commercial tenancies.
Today marks a major step in delivering the redevelopment with the State Government to immediately commence:
- The procurement of a landscape architect to design the integration of the two hectares into the Botanic Garden
- Opening a Registration Of Interest (ROI) for a new, minimum 5-star hotel
- Opening Expressions Of Interest (EOI) for new uses for the retained heritage buildings
- Launching an international search for a world-class team to design the proposed Adelaide Contemporary Gallery project.
The size and scale of planned residential development on the site will be substantially reduced. The private leaseholds, proposed by the private developers, have been removed and instead there will be a focus on student accommodation, aged care living and short term accommodation.
A residential component is important to maintaining day and night activity on the site, replacing the people lost by the relocation of the hospital, and helping to grow and sustain economic activity in the East End.
Work has already begun on the demolition and activation of the old hospital, including lighting installations on the heritage buildings along North Terrace.
Hoardings have also been erected around the East Wing building, which will be one of the first to be demolished when works start within weeks.
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, but 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 Old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, as a demonstration project.