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Old August 27th, 2010, 02:29 PM   #1
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RIVERBANK Developments - Festival Plaza / Station Rd Tower / Adelaide Casino

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State Government and private sector to spend $1.1bn to make Adelaide's riverbank come alive
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/s...-1225910998027

THE banks of the River Torrens will come to life in about five years as $1.1 billion is injected into the precinct from the State Government and private sector.

Infrastructure Minister Patrick Conlon said in addition to the money the government had committed for the Convention Centre and Adelaide Oval, the casino had $200 million for an upgrade and the Intercontinental was likely to invest $50 million in realigning the hotel to the river.

"We've never before had the opportunity to do it as one precinct, we've got every major player there, bar the Festival Centre, ready to invest," he said.

"At the end of the day we will not skimp in terms of dollars but what we will ask for is world class design.

"What we want is design in the precinct that will last 100 years with $1.1 billion to go in there why can't we achieve that?"


Mr Conlon said he expected the time line for each of the projects to be completed would be between 2014 and 2016.

"The Oval is the one that's trickier than the rest," he said. "Everyone wants football to go there now.

"We'd be looking at having AFL football at the oval in 2014.

"The Convention Centre is 2015, so what we need to do is incorporate the casino and InterContinental."

A masterplan would be created for the precinct, however because the development included private parties Mr Conlon said it could not be too restrictive.

He said there were no specific plans to include smaller, new businesses at this stage.

"The precinct will open up through four major players and then will open up to other opportunities," Mr Conlon said.
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Old August 28th, 2010, 04:50 AM   #3
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The AO development will surely get things going once it's begun. That will start, what early next year following the cricket season once the sma comes to an agreement on march 31?
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In my understanding there is going to be a press conference held during the week which will bang out the final details about Adelaide Oval.

And if they are expecting AFL to begin playing there at the start of the 2014 season i would expect works on Adelaide Oval to begin as early as next year.
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I'm puzzled why there hasn't been much interest in commercial development along the riverbank (particularly eateries, cafes etc.) onlooking the Torrens. Hopefully the 'retail promenade' concept proposed in the fly-through video will accommodate for this. That said, some substantial information is needed to lift this project from being a vision.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 06:58 AM   #6
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Wow this project looks amazing! I generally hate casinos but the upgraded facilities in the above video look awesome.

When will work start? And what stage will occur when?
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http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/s...-1225914377355

NEXT time you are in that part of the city, try walking east from Morphett St along North Terrace, past the Convention Centre, the Riverside Building, the InterContinental, the Casino and Parliament House.

Try breaking through from North Terrace to the grass of the riverbanks. It isn't easy.

Adelaide Oval is only a few hundred metres from that part of North Terrace, but to get there you have to walk up North Terrace, left at King William Rd, then another walk left back to the Oval.

Wouldn't it be good if we could easily move through those buildings and instead of banning them, include the green riverbanks as part of our CBD life.

Wouldn't it be good if we could walk from the riverbank across a short footbridge to Adelaide Oval.

And wouldn't it be good if we could knock off work in the city on a Friday night, take the free tram to North Terrace, where we could meet friends at a riverside restaurant for a few drinks or an early meal and then join the crowds streaming across the footbridge to see the Crows excite a capacity crowd under Adelaide Oval lights.

These things will no longer be in the category of "wouldn't it be good".

These are things that are going to happen unless we as a city give in to the naysayers. We have a lot of powerful reasons why these things should happen here.

We have a united voice from football's leadership wanting to return to Adelaide Oval and share a world-class venue with cricket. We have a $535 million State Government contribution to make the move possible.

We have a $394 million budget for the upgrade of the Convention Centre, the casino having $250 million for an upgrade and a likely substantial investment from the InterContinental Hotel. That adds up to more than $1.1 billion available for investment in the precinct between Morphett St and King William Rd.

That's about 500m in terms of road frontage.

Those funds will be committed not just to the built form but to the precinct upgrade, and we will use our newly created Design Commission to make sure it is planned as a whole.

Consider that, at present, the best view of the city from the river is probably from the Popeye boat. Surely we can do better than that.

The proposed Oval upgrade includes three levels of glass-walled entertainment/dining areas looking back at the city from the southern end. It will be a view we've never had and I think will inspire other entertainment investments on that side of the river.

It will take this man-made water course and, by inviting people in for leisure and recreation, change it from an under-utilised area to unmatched asset.

There will be people who don't want some, or all, of this to happen. They are entitled to their view, I simply hope it doesn't prevail.

I want to be there in the dying minutes of an AFL final and see a game changing mark in the goalsquare.

Then I want to take that excitement outside to a world-class precinct and a vibrant CBD.

C'mon, let's have a crack.

I found the bold part the most interesting, view would be pretty spectacular at night and even during the day. Also sounds like more is planned for the northern part of the riverbank.
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Wow this project looks amazing! I generally hate casinos but the upgraded facilities in the above video look awesome.

When will work start? And what stage will occur when?
You could say it's already started, the new western grandstand is not far from completion and the new SA Health & Medical Research Centre has started construction.

Next year I believe the redevelopment of the Convention Centre and Adelaide Oval will commence, not sure about the Casino and Riverbank Precinct.

The aim is to have it all completed by 2014-16.
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I dont like Conlon at all, but he has a point with this article. I can't wait for this to start taking shape. Adelaide really is going to be a front runner again once this development is completed
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ADELAIDE'S Riverbank precinct will undergo a master plan process, Infrastructure Minister Patrick Conlon has announced.

The Government has called for registrations of interest to prepare a fully integrated plan for the precinct, which covers the Casino grounds, Convention Centre, Festival Centre and Adelaide Oval.

Mr Conlon said the plan was a "watershed" moment for Adelaide.

"The location and character of the area are critical to the layout of Adelaide and provide an important link between the city and its picturesque river environment, as well as re-energising our city," he said.

"Over the next few weeks we are asking the best urban architects from Australia and the world to give us their best ideas."

Development of the new Riverbank Master Plan will be a two stage process beginning with Registrations of Interest from suitably qualified design teams.

It will culminate in the awarding of a tender early in the new year and preparation of the Master Plan by the middle of 2011.

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Old January 23rd, 2011, 10:56 AM   #12
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Where abouts in the Adelaide Casino moving to?

What they ever consider building buildings on the other side of the Torrens like in Melbourne?
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In case you didn't realise, the other side of the Torrens is "parkland". NIMBY's would have a field day protesting against any idea of such development. Not going to happen.
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What they ever consider building buildings on the other side of the Torrens like in Melbourne?
Firstly, why should Adelaide copy Melbourne? and secondly, it's not exactly a good idea to build up both sides of a river, better to leave one side open as a flood plane, you know just incase..

and I dont like to think of myself as a nimby but i'd rather see the casino, apartments, hotels and office towers get built in the very under-developed CBD instead of in the parklands.
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The parklands across the river is one of the few places where it's green all year round. Destroying that would be devastating not only to NIMBY's but many people in Adelaide including himself.
It's also a good place to take chicks out on dates but thats beside the point.

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MEREDITH BOOTH From: AdelaideNow February 17, 2011 12:00AM

ADELAIDE Casino owner Sky City has shortlisted two designs for its $250 million riverside redevelopment.

One of the designs is from an SA-based architect, chief executive Nigel Morrison said.

The New Zealand-based group, which announced a 2.2 per cent fall in net half year profit of $51 million yesterday, said plans were well progressed for the redvelopment to include a boutique hotel, expanded gaming facilities, bars, restaurants and carparking.

Mr Morrison, who will unveil more detail on the development in a couple of weeks, said Adelaide also had great potential to increase its visits from high-roller gamblers from interstate and overseas with relaxed regulation on gaming machines.

He said international gamblers from China and Thailand helped double revenue at its Auckland casino in the first half to $1.1 billion, something Adelaide Casino could capitalise on.

"These players can spend $20,000 to $30,000 on a gaming machine. This is probably like you or I spending $10. But in Adelaide they all work with coins," Mr Morrison said.

He said SA needed to relax regulations, in line with the nation, to allow credit card-style machines in its VIP gaming areas for these "high net worth individuals", some of them locals flown to interstate casinos rather than in Adelaide.

"The Government's losing a lot of tax on that."

Adelaide Casino lifted revenue by just $500,000 to $74.4 million but pre-tax earnings climbed 5.6 per cent to $16.1 million in the six months to December 31 thanks to "good cost controls and food and beverage revenue", Mr Morrison said.

Smoking bans in Darwin impacted on Australian casino earnings which fell 2 per cent to $NZ47.2 million and the economic environment this year would contine to remain "challenging", he said.

He said the casino mirrored the fortunes of Australian discretionary retailers.

Sky City reiterated its full year profit forecast would be about $96.1 million
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one image of the casino expansion plans:



and a video:



also the Casino said they'd only build this after the completion of Adelaide Oval, if the oval doesnt get redeveloped, they will invest elsewhere!
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Looks far much better in the video, despite it being extremely cheesy.


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http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/s...-1226028203443
SKYCITY casino has unveiled its vision of a renewed Adelaide Riverbank Precinct.

The casino today publicly backed a revitalisation of the area on the back of the proposed $535 million Adelaide Oval project that would give the area some "critical mass".

The company is currently considering a $250 million overhaul of its heritage site. SkyCity last year celebrated its 25th year at the railway station.

The vision includes a new floor extending out over car parking to the river with strong lines in keeping with the Festival Centre.

Large glass panes would allow gamers to look out over the riverbank from a site no more than 700 metres from the area’s key attractions – including a redeveloped Adelaide Oval.

SkyCity chairman Rod McKeogh told an Advantage Adelaide luncheon that the redevelopment represented a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to redevelop a key part of Adelaide's infrastructure.

"You really are sitting on a phenomenal opportunity."

SkyCity today met with State Government Ministers Patrick Conlon and Jack Snelling to discuss the project including the regulatory framework against which the Casino operates.

"We want to make sure they understand what we think about it and the part we want to play in it," he said.

Mr McKeogh urged Adelaide residents to support the Adelaide Oval redevelopment as it would give the city a key attractor an oval on the city's fringe that would drive tourism.

The nearby Convention Centre is also about to start a $394 million upgrade it believes will put it ahead of the game by attracting large international events to Adelaide's riverfront.
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