DETAILS of a draft master plan guiding the development and revitalisation of Adelaide's Riverbank precinct were released last week by the South Australian Government.
Infrastructure Minister Patrick Conlon said the draft master plan, developed by a consortium led by Ashton Raggat McDougall (ARM), included 11 key guiding principles that will provide direction and a reference point for future development of the Riverbank.
"ARM has identified considerable opportunities for the private sector to play a vital role in redeveloping this underutilised Riverbank precinct," Mr Conlon said.
He said the opportunities include new multi-storey commercial buildings, potential for expansion for existing operators such as the Casino and the Intercontinental and new retail, food and beverage outlets.
According to the government, the consortium has identified six "new" destinations in Riverbank which should be considered as part of the revitalization, comprising:
- Festival Square: Would involve replacing the existing Hajek Plaza with a new gathering place consisting cafes, restaurants, commercial buildings and a new foyer for the Festival Centre;
- New Elder Park: Aims to create a new park for the 21st century by reshaping the grassed area to cater for larger gatherings and performances;
- River West: Creating a new vibrant area between the Convention Centre and Festival Centre. Would enhance the riverbank experience by integrating food and beverage outlets into the grassed riverside with a new boardwalk and gently sloping terraces to the river edge;
- River Crossing: The consortium has provided a comprehensive list of factors to guide the location of the new pedestrian bridge across the Torrens and suggests the bridge landing on the southern side of the river helps to create an active hub with easy access to public transport via Adelaide Railway Station;
- Natural Riverbank: Suggested reshaping of the area known as Pinky Flat, by creating a series of wetlands that would reflect the landscape before European settlement, incorporating a network of boardwalks and a striking new fountain; and
- Riverbank Gateway: Creating a new urban tree-lined street which would help bring to life the edges of Station Rd.
ARM has developed the draft Master Plan in collaboration with the Riverbank Stakeholder Reference Group, which includes representatives from Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide City Council, Skycity, Tourism SA, Intercontinental and the Integrated Design Commission.
The draft master plan is intended to present an overall vision and series of concepts and investment opportunities that warrant further consideration.
The government said the next step is to seek community and stakeholder feedback on the concepts and ideas contained in the draft master plan. During recent community engagement, the government received more 1,000 responses on how to plan for the Riverbank precinct.
"Once the final master plan has been completed it will be presented to Cabinet by the year's end for its consideration and endorsement of the vision, ideas, concepts and proposed governance arrangements of the precinct," Mr Conlon said.
More information on Adelaide's Riverbank precinct project can be found at <http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/adelaide_riverbank_precinct>.