A team of made up of Australian and Singaporean firms has been chosen to regenerate Adelaide’s Central Market Arcade district.
Australian architect Woods Bagot has joined with developers ICD Property and Sinclair Brook and Singapore’s Nanshan Group to carry out the 8,000 sq m project, which will consist of shops and leisure units, as well as a public hall, rooftop gardens, education space, a hotel, apartments and offices.
The US$400m scheme will create a new arcade alongside Adelaide Central Market, which will be preserved.
Arches similar to those partially demolished in the 1960s for the Grote Street faÃ§ade will add social and commercial space, and 260 parking spaces will be added.
Alex Hall, Woods Bagot’s associate principal, said: "As part of a broader vision to attract the best and brightest people, the city intends to transform the market precinct into one of Australia’s most recognised lifestyle destinations.
"The Adelaide market dates back to 1869, when a group of local gardeners sold their wares without any structure other than gas lights and a fence. A century and a half on, we’re looking to sensitively create a space that can carry that local entrepreneurial spirit forward.
"This is a design exploration of the market’s heritage beyond just a facade treatment and makes its brick arches – which have always been emblematic of the market – part of the whole experience.
"Our design team has a local connection to this project. We live here, and visit the market regularly. This is an opportunity we meet with pride, sensitivity and a genuine desire to shape and evolve our city for the better."
Images courtesy of Woods Bagot