A community open day at the Adelaide Botanic Garden this weekend will form the first stage of an extensive public consultation campaign for the old Royal Adelaide Hospital redevelopment.

The first open day to discuss the $1 billion transformation of the East End site, which includes transferring more than 2ha to the botanic garden and opening up 70% to public use, will be held on the Palm House lawns on Sunday, 27 November.

The State Government will also have detailed conversations with a wide range of stakeholders including local businesses, universities, the Adelaide City Council and other organisations.

The feedback received will help to guide the creation of a master plan for the site, which is expected to be completed in the first half of next year.


The Community Open Day will be held on the Palm House lawns in the Adelaide Botanic Garden on Sunday, 27 November from 11am to 3pm.

It will explore the Government’s preferred proposal for the site which features:

  • More than 2ha transferred to the Adelaide Botanic Garden
  • Opening 70% of the site to public use
  • An education and innovation hub
  • A residential precinct
  • A culture and tourism quarter
  • An estimated 1000 construction and flow-on jobs a year during redevelopment
  • 2900 on-site jobs when complete
  • More than $1b in private investment
  • An estimated $7.5b boost to the State economy over 12 years
  • A state-of-the-art carbon-neutral precinct

The State Government is also calling for expressions of interest to activate the site during the demolition and construction phase to open it up to the public as soon as possible.

More information is available at Renewal SA’s The Royal Adelaide website.

Quotes attributable to Housing and Urban Development Minister Stephen Mullighan

The redevelopment of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site in the East End provides a rare opportunity to transform and enhance one of the most important precincts in Adelaide.

The vision for the site reflects years of planning, design and public consultation, following the announcement a decade ago that a new Royal Adelaide Hospital would be built in the city’s West End.

The State Government chose the preferred proposal because we believe it meets all of the community’s expectations of what South Australians would like to see on the site and now we want South Australians to get involved and tell us what they think.

We have already begun talking with local businesses and organisations about the redevelopment of this site, including universities, the Adelaide Botanic Garden, and businesses and cultural institutions on the North Terrace boulevard.

We are committed to continuing our discussions with the public throughout the master planning process as the Government continues its negotiations with the preferred developer, John Holland and Commercial & General.