The transformation of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital will be one of the largest redevelopments of its type in the State’s history, creating thousands of jobs and an estimated $7.5 billion of economic activity.
When completed, more than 9,300 people a day will work in, visit, or call it their home.
The redevelopment will include:
- More than 2ha of new Adelaide Botanic Gardens as part of the Garden Quarter - currently, only 38 per cent of the old RAH site is accessible to the public. This would nearly double to 70 per cent open to public use with almost a third of the 7ha site will integrated with the Botanic Garden. Five heritage buildings would be retained and reused.
- A University and Innovation Quarter which include multiple universities collaborating with incubators, start-ups, financiers, businesses and social organisations
- An Culture and Tourism Quarter that strengthen Adelaide’s reputation as a global arts destination and bringing in additional tourism activity
- A Living Quarter catering for vibrant, student-centred facilities through to Ageing and Living Well community not previously offered to senior South Australian
The Government will now enter into exclusive negotiations with the preferred proponents - a consortium of South Australian property group Commercial & General and construction and engineering firm John Holland.
The University and Innovation Quarter would contain a world-class research centre - a state-of-the-art campus linking the education sector with technology leaders such as Telstra and ARRB, start-ups, businesses, entrepreneurs and social organisations. It would be a precinct for proving and commercialising new ideas and future industries.
The University of Adelaide is proposing to partner with developers on an Adelaide Innovation Accelerator, where start-ups, early-stage firms, established businesses, researchers and students could interact.
The University of South Australia is considering a number of clustered initiatives, including a Global Centre for Carbon Neutral Cities, stimulating green jobs and generating tourism income from the rapidly growing green conference sector; and a Creative Digital Industries Innovation Hub - a high-tech lab linking to the new CBD High School to help channel the next generation of young people into the industry sectors of the future. International university Carnegie Mellon may also potentially relocate into the heritage McEwin Building in the University and Innovation Quarter.
The Living Quarter will cater for all generations, including a mix of leasehold apartments, shared student accommodation and a state-of-the-art aged care facility. It will feature approximately 1080 apartments, including 150 affordable student dwellings and 60 supported residential care dwellings.
A Culture and Tourism Quarter with a new 5-star hotel is also envisaged as part of the project, along with new public spaces including a North Terrace plaza, laneways and a European-style piazza. The site has also been identified as a possible location for a new South Australian cultural institution which is currently being investigated by a Steering Group.
The State Government will undertake an extensive community engagement process because we want all South Australians to have their say about how we transform this site into a world class precinct.
Additional information about the Royal Adelaide development will be made in coming days.