Adelaide is latest Australian city to undergo major redevelopments. The South Australian capital is joining the likes of Perth in redeveloping the city culture. This will be achieved by focussing on promoting a new and modern metropolis through updated architecture and construction initiatives.
As in Perth, the central city hub will revolve around waterways. What has been aptly named the Adelaide Riverbank Precinct, this new area will abut the River Torrens, along with the North Adelaide Parklands, Adelaide Oval, and Memorial Drive. In fact the plans are for the city centre to stretch from King William Road, all the way to the Old Adelaide Gaol.
The first stage of the upgrade will be the $350 million government funded expansion to the Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide Now reported that the multi-million project will include 4300 sqm multi-purpose convention space and a 1000 seat ballroom. The latter will be built above the rail line, and will be connected to the convention space by smaller meeting areas. The completion date for initial stages is September 2014.
The second stage of the upgrade will involve the construction of a “high tech arrow structure” that will be able to accommodate 3,500 people. The second stage has a completion date somewhere in 2017.
A culmination of architects Woods Bagot and London-based Larry Oltmans of Vx3 have overseen the architecture and design of the projects.
South Australia Infrastructure reported that the state government has committed a further $535 million to upgrade Adelaide Oval alone, in an effort to update the sporting culture of the area. The government are hoping that through the upgrade they will be able to enable the city play host to both football and rugby games at the oval.
Like further Australian cities the development is effort to create and revitalise a new sense of culture. Further reportage noted that Premier Mike Rann was confident that update would revolutionise the city.
“These developments are going to change the face of Adelaide”, Mr. Rann said.
Government members have state planning initiatives that will total at over $1.9 billion over the next 25 years. These will be undertaken in order to promote growth and aid in tourism efforts.
Further planning includes retail, restaurants and accommodation.
Any undertaking that promotes the growth of both a city centre and the industry at large is positive for the country at large. With Adelaide joining Melbourne and Perth in the redevelopment ranks it will now be up to the rest of the countries major cities to join the get planning.