Victoria Square / Tarndanyangga’s regeneration has begun. A draft Masterplan was released today by Adelaide City Council for public comment.
The State Government has contributed $2 million to the Urban Regeneration Project to finalise a detailed design plan, and Adelaide City Council has committed $24 million, which will allow the regeneration to begin.
As with the award-winning revitalisation of North Terrace the work is likely to take place in stages, with funding sourced as each stage progresses.
Lord Mayor Michael Harbison is glad to see the project begin, and said that the urban regeneration of the Square would become one of the most important public space projects in Adelaide’s history.
“The project supports the State Government’s 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, and our City’s goals for economic growth and improved quality of life for workers, residents, visitors and tourists alike,” he said.
“This is an exciting step for Adelaide, and will rejuvenate Victoria Square / Tarndanyangga as the heart of the City. The Square will become exciting and alive, a place that hosts events and attracts visitors: an inspiring and iconic City destination throughout the year.
“It will build on the existing strengths of this important precinct, including local restaurants and businesses, and Adelaide Central Market, South Australia’s most-visited destination.
“Adelaide needs a vibrant, cultural, activated space and garden in the heart of the city, both for today and for future generations.”
Highlights of the Masterplan include two iconic covered walkways – ‘The Arbours’ – which will provide almost half a kilometre of dappled shade and a backdrop for daily activities.
A permanent big screen, events spaces and cafés will support a lively atmosphere year-round, while other features will include an outdoor sculpture gallery, extensive gardens, a bicycle hub and a tourist information centre.
“There is also a commitment to sustainable design,” Mr Harbison said. “The space will be environmentally friendly, a showcase of world-class green urban initiatives. It will be a Square that is a centre for connectivity and travel, with easy access to public transport, and bike use encouraged through a central bike storage and change room facilities.”
Future activities that could be held in Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga include major events, stage and street performances, arts and garden festivals, cultural celebrations, exhibitions and displays, small lunch-time concerts and other entertainment such as outdoor cinema.
To find out more about the Masterplan and submit feedback, visit the new website at www.victoriasquareadelaide.com. Free access to the website and printed materials are available at Council’s Customer Service Centre, and all Council libraries and community centres. Public consultation closes 7 June.