Festival Plaza redevelopment plan

Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Redevelopment

Last Friday evening an exciting announcement was made by South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill. Premier Weatherill unveiled a $610 million plan for the Festival Plaza redevelopment. This will include a 24-storey office tower, a fantastic public plaza along with a tunnel from the Riverbank Pedestrian footbridge to the train station!

This venture will be jointly funded by the State Government and property tycoon Lang Walker.

The redevelopment will feature a revamped Festival Centre entrance, 1560-space underground car party, a two-storey building to include restaurants, bars, cafes and shops on the northern side of Parliament House. The plaza and car park will take about three years to build and the office tower over Station Road behind Old Parliament House will take about four years to complete.

The Adelaide Festival Centre will receive major structural and facade upgrades, which will be the most significant works that have been undertaken since its opening in 1973. Upgrades will be the opening of the river facing side of the centre to provide links between the riverbank, along with upgrades to the Elder Park Kiosk, an interactive child’s play arts playground and upgrading the Festival Theatre foyers. In addition, there will be new entries to the theatre and the Dunstan Playhouse, technical and equipment upgrades and increased disability access for all theatres. New entrances and direct access to the upper and lower foyers will be constructed from the new integrated plaza and car park will be made via escalators and additional lifts.

the 24-storey office tower will be built along a closed to traffic boulevard along Station Road, include two levels of cafes, restaurants and retail shops behind Parliament House, a new underground car park and a redesign of the Hajek Plaza.

Key features of the plan include:

CLOSING over the plaza to create a new entrance for the Festival Centre, moving the bulk of the open space toward the centre and putting in necessary technology for the plaza to be used as an event space.

REMOVING Otto Hajek’s concrete garden sculpture and replacing it with a design that could include new public artwork, water features and plants. The design will be developed as the building works progress.

A 1560-space underground car park with electric car charging facilities that will go down five levels, with a new entrance point on King William Rd.

MOVING the carpark’s road network and access docks for the casino and InterContinental Adelaide underground and a dedicated tunnel for pedestrians to access the railway station from the footbridge.

A TWO-STOREY building behind Parliament House opening onto the plaza with 4000sq/m for restaurants, cafes and bars and retail that will also have rooftop access.

RESERVING ground floor of the office building for public use that could include a cafe, restaurant or even an art exhibition space.