Tonsley takes home South Australia’s top property honour

The Tonsley innovation district has taken out South Australia’s top property honour for an approach which sets new standards for urban renewal.

Renewal SA was presented with the Property Council of Australia’s RLB South Australian Development of the Year award at a gala ball this evening.

“Renewal SA has transformed Mitsubishi’s former manufacturing plant into arguably Australia’s most exciting innovation district,” says the Property Council’s SA Executive Director Daniel Gannon.

“Tonsley brings together leading-edge research and education institutions, established businesses and start-ups, as well as government and community groups, to test new ideas, and bring high-value manufacturing to market, and drive jobs, investment and economic growth,” Mr Gannon adds.

The 61-hectare project 10 kilometres south of Adelaide commenced in May 2012 and is expected to be complete by 2027.

The refurbishment of the Main Assembly Building was unveiled in June 2015.

Rider Levett Bucknall Director Giulio Altarmura says: “RLB provided cost management and quantity surveying services to help transform a disused site into an active and thriving innovation district”.

“The judges were impressed by the project’s commitment to low carbon and climate resilient infrastructure, technology and systems. These undoubtedly demonstrate innovation in urban design, governance and delivery models,” Mr Altarmura adds.

The South Australian Development of the Year award is part of the national 2018 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards program. RLB has partnered with the Property Council to present the awards program since its inception in 1982.

Tonsley is vying for the Liberty OneSteel Award for Best Mixed Use Development and the KONE Award for Development Innovation at the national awards, which will be held in Sydney on Friday 11 May.

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