The biggest underground carpark in South Australia will open to the public this week beneath Adelaide’s new Festival Plaza.
Walker Corporation Chief Executive Officer David Gallant said the 5 level, fully underground carpark, has over 1500 spaces to accommodate 24 hour parking in the heart of the Riverbank precinct.
“This new carpark will bring convenience right into the heart of Adelaide’s amazing new Riverbank precinct where South Australians will come to work, rest and play,” Mr Gallant said.
“Logistically this carpark is perfectly positioned for people to secure their vehicle while coming into the CBD to watch some live sport, catch a show, enjoy a bite to eat at the Casino or all day parking while attending their office.”
“More than 1500 spaces are spread over 60,000 square metres, the equivalent of 10 football pitches.”
“Everything is underground, leaving all the area above ground for a beautifully designed plaza for Adelaideans to soak in the sunshine by the Riverbank.”
Walker’s expertise in placemaking is guiding the Festival Plaza development with the company committing $450 million to the project on top of the state government’s $213 million which is being enhanced by the $330 million private investment by SkyCity into their expanded integrated casino resort.
SkyCity Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, David Christian, said the carpark will enhance the customer experience at South Australia’s largest entertainment precinct.
“SkyCity is thrilled to have secured 750 of the Walker Corporation car parks, in what will be the final piece of the puzzle in the SkyCity Adelaide expansion,” Mr Christian said.
“These car parks are on the doorstep of the reinvigorated Riverbank precinct, allowing our customers to safely and conveniently park right next door to our stunning new property.”
Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM said the new carpark will perfectly complement upgrades to Adelaide Festival Centre.
“We are very pleased to have the carpark re-open for our Adelaide Festival Centre patrons and precinct visitors,” Mr Gautier said.
“This has been a much anticipated part of the overall Plaza/Festival Square development, which, upon completion, will be a gateway to the Riverbank Arts and Entertainment Precinct.”
“These works will further highlight Adelaide Festival Centre’s position as the flagship cultural asset in the precinct, as we head into celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2023. We also appreciate the patience of all our partners, audiences and staff who have supported us through the construction period.”
The Festival Plaza development will also include a world-class, environmentally sustainable office tower block between the SkyCity Casino and Parliament House, as well as a three-level, premium retail and entertainment precinct.
“We are just weeks away from beginning the next exciting phase, an incredible office tower development, which we look forward to announcing soon. It will be the number one place to do business in Adelaide, where you can also enjoy the best retail and food precinct,” Mr Gallant said.
Along with car park constructor Built, Walker Corporation engaged over 1200 workers including South Australian apprentices as well as over 30 local businesses in the construction of the carpark, adding to the state’s economic surge throughout the pandemic.
Chris Bate, Built SA General Manager said Built are proud to have delivered another significant project for Walker Corporation, and we’re pleased to continue our successful relationship here in South Australia.
“Amidst a challenging year, our team worked around the clock to achieve the complex delivery requirements while also working to strict Covid-19 management practices,” said Mr Bate.
“With 30,000 cubic meters of concrete poured in the centre of Adelaide, a project of this size is not without its logistical challenges, exactly the type of project Built thrives on.”
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