Port Adelaide to be transformed with more than $280m of private developments

The transformation of the historic maritime precinct of Port Adelaide into a thriving residential, commercial and tourist destination is set to continue under the proposed development of nearly 23 hectares of waterfront land.

Two Australian developers and a South Australian construction company have been selected as preferred proponents for five parcels of land on the inner harbor.

The proposals include nearly 1300 homes across four precincts including:

  • 760 homes at Dock One and Port Approach (South) in the east of the inner harbour, to be developed by Starfish Developments, and
  • 500 homes in the North West and Fletcher’s Slip precincts in the west and north of the inner harbour to be developed by Cedar Woods.

A promenade around the inner harbour is proposed maintaining public access to the waterfront, and the old Marine and Harbors building is to be redeveloped into apartments and retail premises, as well as an observation deck and an outdoor cinema.

The residential developments are expected to support about 250 direct and indirect jobs a year during seven years of construction and will generate about $280 million in private investment.

South Australian construction firm York Civil, plans to refurbish the former Primary Industries and Resources SA building at Cruickshank’s Corner and relocate its national headquarters to this site in the Port.

It will initially move about 90 staff to the refurbished building with longer term plans to accommodate up to 500 people in a further new building at the site.

The first stage of the York Civil project is expected to start this year, supporting about 50 jobs during construction and generating private investment of about $2.5 million.

Background

In 2011 the Government cancelled the remaining stages of the Newport Quays development, purchased the remaining land and sought to further engage with the community about how the Port should be developed.

The Port Adelaide Precinct Plan was created in direct response to that feedback and the Development Plan for the district was amended to enshrine these changes.

The changes included reducing the maximum building height to five storeys and ensuring new development was complementary to the unique maritime heritage of the Port.

Keeping public access to the waterfront and ensuring new buildings were in keeping with existing heritage buildings were requirements also, following public consultation.

Renewal SA has also been closely working with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield to date on a number of infrastructure projects and activation programs already underway in the Port and with this latest land release, the State Government is looking forward to collaborating further over the renewal of Port Adelaide.

The preferred proponents were identified through an expressions of interest conducted by Renewal SA.

The precinct plan identified potential investment in the Port of more than $1 billion, including about 2000 new homes, more than 350 construction jobs a year and up to 2000 ongoing jobs.

The maximum building height across all five precincts will be five storeys, with the exception of the existing seven-storey former Marine and Harbours building which will be retained.

Renewal SA will work with the two residential developers and the local community to develop two master plans over the next six months, which will be presented to the State Government for consideration.

The Government has agreed to enter into exclusivity arrangements to sell the land and existing building at Cruickshank’s Corner to York Civil.

Current Government works in the Port

The developments announced today follow a number of initiatives by the government to revitalise the Port including:

Quotes

Housing and Urban Development Minister Stephen Mullighan

This development couldn’t come at a better time for Port Adelaide.

We know that there are going to be thousands of workers coming to Techport and surrounding areas to build the $50 billion Future Submarines over the next 50 years and along with the Fort Largs development, this is going to provide an opportunity for them to live in the local community.

I’m confident that we have struck the right balance between getting more people to live in the Port but also ensuring we learn from previous projects and the community response to them.

These projects provide plenty of open space and recreational facilities, as well as preserving public access to the waterfront as well. It will be a great place for families looking to live in the west.

Port Adelaide is a unique development opportunity combining vast parcels of waterfront land with 180 years of distinctive maritime history and heritage buildings.

We have worked hard to get more visitors and tourists to the Port by upgrading the iconic heritage buildings and drawing in festivals, events and exhibitions.

We are focused on bringing people to the Port to work whether it’s the 500 public servants who’ll come to work in a new office building at Nile Street, workers on private developments such as the $25 million Quest apartments building or holding the Federal Government to account on its Future Submarines promise.

Now through these redevelopments we can encourage more people to come to live in this unique waterfront district and further build the economic and social vibrancy of the Port.

The Member for Port Adelaide Susan Close

This private sector investment in Port Adelaide is a sign of the growing confidence in the renewal of the district, spearheaded by the State Government and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

Combined with other developments including the State Government’s new office building to house 500 public servants, the construction of the Quest hotel and the $50 billion Future Submarines contract, the Port has a bright future.

The Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Gary Johanson

The Port Renewal plan is an incredibly exciting project and we are thrilled by today’s announcement.

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield continues to enjoy a strong relationship with the State Government – and we look forward to working together, and with developers, to finally see the development the Port.

Starfish Developments Managing Director Damon Nagel

We want to turn Dock One into a new destination for people from across Adelaide, as well as visitors from South Australia, interstate and overseas.

We’ve put a strong focus on planning new community facilities and infrastructure that can be enjoyed by residents and the broader community alike.

We’re aiming for Dock One to be a catalyst for the Port to develop as a desirable place to live, work, invest, socialise and be active.

Quotes attributable to Cedar Woods’ Development Director Patrick Archer

Cedar Woods is very pleased to be selected as preferred proponent to develop Port Adelaide’s North West and Fletcher’s Slip precincts.

These precincts have the hallmarks of a truly great Cedar Woods’ development including over 1 km of Port River frontage with a public promenade and heritage buildings to be retained.

They also benefit from direct access to Glanville train station for an easy commute to the CBD and they are a short walk to local attractions including the historic Port Adelaide town centre, the vibrant Semaphore Village shops and Semaphore Beach.

With the Glenside development and now Port Adelaide ahead of us, Cedar Woods has a very attractive mix of projects in South Australia and we will be ramping up our Adelaide office to deliver them.

Quotes attributable to Ian Tarbotton, York Group Managing Director

York Civil currently operates nationally and today it delivers major projects in South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. York Civil is proud to have maintained it headquarters in South Australia and to continue its investment in its home state.

York Civil is delighted to be relocating its national Head Office to Port Adelaide, having had a long affinity with the Port dating back to the early beginnings of the company 26 years ago.

York has a strong belief in the redevelopment of the Port and supports the Government’s plans to revitalise a once thriving commercial and social hub of the State.

We look forward to developing the facility and to being a part of a thriving and revitalised Port Adelaide.

The Proposals

Starfish Developments

Stage One – Dock One

  • 3.58 hectares residential site to be developed with about 280 homes
  • Predominantly two and three-bedroom townhouses
  • Includes refurbishment of former Marine and Harbours building featuring:
    • 36 homes
    • small scale retail/commercial offerings
    • a community garden
    • an observation deck with an outdoor cinema.

Stage Two – Port Approach (South)

  • 4.95 hectare site featuring about 480 homes
  • The proposal also includes:
    • 20 per cent affordable housing
    • a dockside piazza for community events
    • a central public park.

Cedar Woods

North West and Fletcher’s Slip

  • 12.6 hectare predominantly residential development featuring about 500 homes
  • About two-thirds will be townhouses of 2–4 storeys
  • The proposal also includes:
    • a public promenade, park and plaza
    • refurbishment and reuse of the heritage buildings in Fletcher’s Slip
    • Fletcher’s Slip and buried slip retained with new shared path and interpretive trail
    • improvements to the existing boat slip at the north western corner of the wharf
    • about one-quarter of the site to be open space, including stormwater infrastructure, creating a clear view from Semaphore Road to the Port River
    • a focus on sustainability including carbon and waste reduction, sustainable transport, products, materials and fittings
    • more than 15 per cent affordable housing.

York Civil

Cruickshank’s Corner

  • Stage One 8000sqm building refurbishment to commence this year
  • York Civil to refurbish vacant former PIRSA building
  • Project includes improving surrounds including new landscaping and car parking
  • Stage Two proposes a new five-storey building within four years
  • Stage Two to accommodation up to 500 people including York Civil personnel and industry partners
  • Also includes publicly accessible waterfront promenade.