Flinders Village, a transformational $1.5 billion development at Flinders University’s Bedford Park campus, will create the biggest integrated health and education precinct in South Australia, adding economic value to the state and the nation.
Adjacent to the new Flinders Station, the development will feature student accommodation, an advanced Health Research facility, transitional health accommodation, a hotel, and amenities such as retail facilities, benefitting students, staff and the community.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling says Flinders Village will energise southern Adelaide, unlock significant research and educational opportunities and be a catalyst for economic growth and jobs.
The first stage of the project will be a Health Research building with a focus on mental health, infectious disease and personalised health delivery. In parallel , we plan to increase the number of student residential spaces to accommodate the growing numbers of regional and international students choosing to live on campus.
Professor Stirling says the University will now enter an exciting phase where vision will become reality.
“Flinders University has a pivotal role in South Australia’s growth and development, attracting international students, supporting talented researchers and creating a dynamic, innovation-focused community.
“In addition to furthering health services and research, our new urban centre with accommodation and retail amenities will benefit our Bedford Park and Tonsley campuses, the adjacent hospitals and surrounding suburbs.
Independent analysis commissioned by Flinders University indicates the development’s potential to:
- Deliver a $1.5 billion development which brings additional economic value to Adelaide’s south and SA
- Bring 5,000 additional international students to Adelaide
- Improve student accommodation and provide an additional 3,000 student beds
- Increase annual education exports by $99 million and generate in excess of $150 million in additional annual overall export earnings for South Australia
- Create 10,000+ construction ‘job years’ during the development phase
- The project will deliver:
- State-of-the-art research facilities and teaching simulation spaces
- Affordable, safe, high quality student accommodation on campus
- Transition healthcare accommodation for patients from rural and regional areas and their families visiting the Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders Private Hospital
- Retail amenities and related infrastructure for a growing population of staff and students and for the local community
- Hotel accommodation to support visitation to southern Adelaide
- Facilities for use by the University and local residents for community and sporting activities
- Additional car parking infrastructure to service Flinders Village
- Additional open spaces and sustainable design
In addition to its own investments the University will invite public and private partners to develop Flinders Village and its research, education and employment precincts.
The University will work with its partners, the hospitals and government to integrate the new rail line and other public transport, existing and emerging, into the future development.
With the Darlington upgrade and Flinders Link rail construction to be completed in 2020, Flinders Village will be completed between 2022 and 2030.
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