Official launch of
The $1 billion residential, retail and office development at Bowden – which will be released to the private sector in March – will be official launched to industry representatives tonight.
Premier Jay Weatherill says the Bowden Urban Village development will bring to life the former industrial precinct and provide Adelaide residents with new housing and lifestyle choices.
"We need to find new and better ways to accommodate the city's growing population through smarter design," Mr Weatherill said.
"Bowden will be a demonstration of the highest quality building design, urban development and expanded housing choices, including affordable housing.
"The Bowden development will create more than 470 jobs during the construction phase and the completed development will support a further 1200 jobs."
Under the project, the State Government's Land Management Corporation is remediating the former industrial site off Park Tce to standards set by the Environment Protection Authority and will support private sector developers by managing Bowden's road works, infrastructure and public spaces.
Mr Weatherill has announced a six-member design review panel, which will guide the residential, retail and office development to ensure the highest standards across the project, which is set to include parks, galleries, fresh food markets and restaurants.
The panel brings together the state's top architects, including the Government Architect, under the Chairmanship of renowned Sydney architect, Keith Cottier AM.
"The Design Review Panel is an important way to ensure we are providing the right design for the community's needs," Mr Weatherill said.
"This development will bring to life a former industrial precinct and create a vibrant community for its expected 3500 residents."
Linked to the city by a new pedestrian bridge, bike trails and upgraded public transport, Bowden will provide a model for establishing similar communities across Adelaide in the future.
Mr Cottier said he was honoured to Chair the Bowden project design review panel.
"Design review panels have greatly improved the quality of apartment and mixed-use design both in Australia and internationally," Mr Cottier said.
"Good building design should relate to its environment and most importantly must be influenced by user needs.
"Bowden offers a fantastic opportunity to use what we know to create a development of a quality not seen before in South Australia."
Bowden Project Design Review Panel Members:
- Keith Cottier AM, from nationally awarded and recognised architectural practice Allen Jack+Cottier in Sydney will chair the panel.
- Theo Maras AM, Maras Group, and a Board Member of Land Management Corporation, is appointed to the Panel as Alternate Chair and brings his extensive expertise and experience in mixed use development.
- Ben Hewett, Government Architect, also will work with the State’s Integrated Design Commission and Commissioner Tim Horton.
- Francesco Bonato, Director, tectvs Architects, a private practitioner with extensive award winning experience in residential, commercial and mixed use development and a former State President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and Convener of the Advisory Board to the School of Architecture at Adelaide University.
- Susan Phillips, Director, Phillips/Pilkington Architects, is a member of a number of Urban Design Panels and a veteran of more than 350 projects, including award winning buildings across Adelaide.
- Rachel Hurst, Architect, is a Senior Lecturer at University of South Australia after a long career in private practice as Principal of several architecture practices, in research and academia, with significant experience in residential development.