The Adelaide Festival Plaza precinct upgrade is another step closer with the awarding of the construction contract for the centre’s striking Northern Promenade.
The Northern Promenade will transform the northern face of the Festival Centre, opening it out to Elder Park, creating a welcoming new entrance, embracing the park and River Torrens.
The $23 million works are part of the more than $900 million Festival Plaza precinct upgrade which also includes the creation of a new square, a 27-storey office tower, carpark and retail space, and the proposed SKYCITY Casino expansion.
Badge Constructions has been appointed to complete the Northern Promenade works after a select tender process, with site works expected to commence in early 2017.
A major feature will be the Hollywood-style “Walk of Fame”, with the east-to-west promenade on the river side of the Adelaide Festival Centre widened to create a seamless connection between the plaza and King William Road.
As well as new entries to the Festival Centre, this works will also deliver an upgrade to the Elder Park Kiosk and toilets and a new landscaped transition area from the Festival Centre to Elder Park on the site of the current amphitheatre.
The area will feature integrated seating and disability access, connecting the Festival Centre with a new interactive children’s arts play area.
The works are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017, weather permitting.
Altogether the Adelaide Festival Plaza projects are expected to support about 2500 jobs during construction and at least 400 ongoing jobs when complete.
Lendlease has already begun works to lower Festival Drive - a project which will improve pedestrian access throughout the Adelaide Riverbank, particularly between the Riverbank Footbridge and Adelaide Railway Station for crowds heading to Adelaide Oval.
Last week Renewal SA launched a new smartphone app to help people find their way around the precinct as temporary changes are introduced for pedestrians and traffic.
The Adelaide Riverbank app is FREE at the Apple app store. An Android version is being developed.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing and Urban Development Stephen Mullighan
The redeveloped Adelaide Festival Plaza will take Adelaide’s premier arts venue to a whole new level, becoming a fitting centrepiece of the iconic Adelaide Riverbank Precinct.
While the old amphitheatre and plaza hold special memories for many South Australians who’ve visited the Festival Centre over the years, they were not easily accessible and in need of repair and rejuvenation.
It will become an inviting and welcoming destination for all South Australians to discover and enjoy, whether attending a sporting or arts event, meeting friends or a place to relax.
The Festival Plaza redevelopment will transform what is currently an empty neglected space into a vibrant public precinct linking some of Adelaide’s most popular destinations for locals and visitors alike.
Quotes attributable to Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier
The redevelopment of the North Face of the Adelaide Festival Centre will re-orientate the Centre so that it embraces the River and takes full advantage of the our beautiful location.
The new entrances will encourage people to enter the Centre from the Riverbank and will make access easy for everyone, including mothers with prams or people with mobility issues. This fits with the Centre's philosophy of promoting accessibility to the Arts for all.
Beyond providing access, the set of new attractions on the North Face offer fun entertainment that is available for all South Australians and visitors to our state. Families will be able to see and enjoy curated video art on the large screens and then learn about the many stars that have performed in the venue over the last 40 years.
Families can make a day of it by having a meal or a drink in the Kiosk or Bistro, and seeing a show or a free exhibition in the Centre or just let children play in the interactive playground and enjoy the other activities on the Riverbank.
Most of activities are free and will encourage people to linger in the Adelaide Riverbank.