Construction works have started on Adelaide Festival Plaza’s redevelopment that will help revitalise the Adelaide Riverbank precinct.
The beginning of works on the precinct was synchronised with the launch of a smartphone app that will assist pedestrians in navigating their way through the precinct as works progress. The app will feed live updates on the status of project works and road changes, as well as activity and dining updates.
The northern entrance of the Adelaide Railway Station will be closed to enable the initial works to be completed. Similarly, the Adelaide Festival Centre carpark will close on the 30th of December to enable the construction of the new car park for the Festival Centre.
As well as the app, pedestrians and motorists will be able to identify map signage around the precinct to help navigate their surroundings. On top of this, volunteers will be roaming around Adelaide Railway Station during major events to help with any queries anyone might have.
Housing and Urban Development Minister Stephen Mullighan spoke of the new app, as well as the benefits of the redevelopment.
“Adelaide’s Riverbank Precinct is fast becoming an iconic landmark destination in Adelaide, this wayfinding app will maximise the visitor experience by providing clear instructions on how to navigate the precinct during construction and also discover all the great events and activities occurring around the precinct.
“It will become an inviting and welcoming destination for all South Australians to discover and enjoy, whether attending a sporting or arts event, meeting friends or a place to relax.
“We appreciate the public’s patience and cooperation during this important project and apologise in advance for any inconvenience. This almost billion-dollar project will change our city for the better.”
The Riverbank Footbridge will remain open during the redevelopment but its capacity will be reduced to ensure the safe passage for pedestrians. Pedestrians will be able to access the Footbridge via King William Road or through temporary access points.
The redevelopment of Adelaide Festival Plaza will see the installation of an innovative community square, Northern ‘Walk of Fame’ Promenade and Art Space Plaza, as well as a re-imagined Station Road and a new entry to the Adelaide Railway Station.
The Adelaide Festival Centre will receive a $90 million upgrade, and a 27 storey office tower will be built.
It is estimated that around 2500 construction jobs will be made available throughout the construction phase.
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