Stage One Demolition Of Old Royal Adelaide Hospital Soon To Commence

Stage One Demolition Of Old Royal Adelaide Hospital Soon To Commence

South Australia Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan

Preferred Tenderer Chosen For Stage One Demolition Of Old Royal Adelaide Hospital

Victor P Taffa

Local South Australian family-owned business McMahon Services has been selected as the preferred contractor for the first stage of demolition at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

“Demolition, activation and redevelopment of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site will be one of the most significant projects shaping Adelaide’s East End into the future.” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said.

“Old Royal Adelaide Hospital site is arguably the most valuable and prominent site in the city of Adelaide and its transformation will open up this closed site, making it an accessible space for all South Australians to use and enjoy.”

Decision paves the way for more than 2 ha of the existing hospital site to be reclaimed for the Adelaide Botanic Garden part of more than 70% of the site to be opened up to the public.

East, Hone and Cobalt Wings will be the first of the buildings to go, and will form part of the 2 ha of hospital land to be transferred to the adjacent Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Demolition works on the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site are expected to be the biggest the State has ever seen, creating significant demand for the industry for up to 2 years.

Stage One demolition is expected to support 95 local jobs with works expected to begin in December.

“We applaud this exciting announcement on the commencement of the first stage of the demolition of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, particularly the plans to return 2 ha of land to the Adelaide Botanic Garden and the creation of new links, new vistas and a new entrance.” Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Chair Judy Potter said.

“People visit Adelaide Botanic Garden for diverse experiences and the Botanic Garden and State Herbarium (BGSH) is in a unique position to lead the way in activating the area upon the hospital’s relocation to its new site.”

Combined cost of demolition and remediation for the entire project is estimated to be in excess of $150 Million and will be completed over a series of staged public tenders.

State Government is also finalising details for a range of activities, events and other opportunities to continue drawing people to the site and the wider East End precinct during the redevelopment.

Background

Obsolete buildings earmarked for demolition were built between 1950 and 1980, and predominantly contain a mix of metals, concrete and masonry, which must be separated, processed and removed from site.

Some also contain asbestos which will be appropriately removed and processed. All waste will be processed appropriately, and either taken off site or recycled and reused. Heritage buildings will be retained and refurbished.

An announcement will be made soon about the redevelopment of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site which is expected to generate more than $1 Billion in investment and support 600 construction jobs.