THE heart of the South Australian Government's flagship urban development at Bowden is about to be transformed after the awarding of major construction contracts for the new Town Square and retail precinct.
Adelaide-based Landscape Construction Services has won the contract to build Bowden Park, while South Australian developer Mossop will upgrade the Plant 4 warehouse to prepare it for the first stage of Bowden's new retail precinct. Together the two projects will form Bowden Town Square.
Minister for Housing and Urban Development John Rau said it was great to have two South Australian companies working on the landmark projects.
"The construction contracts for Bowden Park and the upgrade of Plant 4 are worth about $5 million in total and will support more than 200 jobs for South Australians," Mr Rau said.
"Construction will begin within weeks so that by mid-2016 Bowden's Park and the first stage of its retail precinct, as well as the upgrade of the Park Lands opposite Bowden will all be complete.
"Mossop expects to employ about 150 people at various times during construction, while Landscape Construction Services expects more than 80 people to work on Bowden Park."
The two contracts follow the recent announcement that up to 200 apartments will be built by a partnership between Development & Advisory and the Buildtec Group.
Mossop will significantly upgrade Plant 4, with its distinctive saw-toothed roof, through the provision of modern utilities and to ensure it meets Building Code requirements. The Ceres group, operators of The Market Shed on Holland, will begin fitting out the building in early 2016.
At the same time, Landscape Construction Services will be building Bowden Park, comprising approximately 5,000 square metres in the heart of Bowden that will be landscaped with trees, grassed areas and feature gardens.
"This time next year, people will be able to shop, eat and dine in the Plant 4 retail precinct and enjoy a picnic or stroll in Bowden Park," Mr Rau said.
"Barbecue and picnic facilities will be provided along with shelters and interactive play and water elements to encourage day to day use of the park and to provide a central space for outdoor activities for new and existing residents.
"The site will be built to accommodate larger outdoor events such as performances and markets and is going to be a major drawcard."
Plant 4 will have a ground floor footprint of approximately 1,900 square metres with a fully functional mezzanine level that will have exceptional views of Bowden Park.
Mossop Construction + Interiors is also building the AER1S on the Park apartments at Bowden, in partnership with SA Project Developments Pty Ltd.
Landscape Construction Services recently worked with Renewal SA on the award-winning Playford Alive Town Park in Adelaide's north.
The $1 billion Bowden development will see the construction of more than 2,400 homes for approximately 3,500 new residents over the next 10–12 years.