Renewal SA and the redeveloped Royal Adelaide Hospital Precinct
On Wednesday I was fortunate enough to be treated to a guided tour of the Renewal SA redevelopment of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) precinct.
The scope and ambition of the project is amazing. Whilst maintaining the look and feel of the heritage buildings in the precinct, CEO John Hanlon and his team have set about an ambitious 3 stage project of removing and redesigning the majority of the north eastern pocket of the CBD that is due for completion at the conclusion of 2019. The completed project will result in a city hub accommodating 5000 people at any one time, and border the university, botanic gardens and the entertainment district of the east end.
The old nurses mess quarters will now house world leading defence industries
The primary objective of the redevelopment is to convert and repurpose buildings into an innovation and cultural hub that will become a beacon for technology companies. The tenancy will rely heavily on defence, aerospace and cyber security business and will incubate start ups focusing on these areas and more. The implied purpose too is to retain SA’s brightest and youngest, and to attract overseas suitors rather than our people having to go to them.
Yours truly, surveying the proposals built by SA school children using Minecraft, for the cultural precinct
Along with the completion of the new Adelaide High School, this precinct will offer South Australian’s an amazing attraction and will further boost the state’s growing reputation as the national leader in defence and innovative industry. Renewal SA are leaders in maturing the city in this regard, with their Tonsely redevelopment also (arguable more so) pumping the tyres for innovation and advancing technological enterprise.
Many thanks to the UDIA (SA) for organising this special treat for a property nerd like me!