Project background

Innovative development of a North Adelaide landmark

In February 2018, after 30 years of lying vacant, the City of Adelaide purchased the former Le Cornu site at 88 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide.

An exciting opportunity for considered development

The site presents Council an exciting opportunity to facilitate a strategic development in a timely way that considers the needs of the community while contributing to the future of North Adelaide as both a commercial and residential district.

The development of Eighty Eight O’Connell will be a major driver of new urban activity within the O’Connell Street precinct, and a key contributor to the identity of the North Adelaide community.

This innovative development will be defined by exceptional architecture, urban design, high quality landscape, vibrant public art, sustainable building solutions and engaging place making.

Community consultation

Since taking ownership of the site, Council has undertaken extensive community consultation and stakeholder engagement. It has done this through public meetings, strategic engagement sessions, and online surveying.

The compiled feedback then formed the development guiding principles that have been endorsed by Council.

You’ll find information on the community consultation to date at the Community Consultation website.

Guiding principles

A total of 14 Guiding Principles will form the framework for assessing proposals from interested development consortiums. These were formed after gaining feedback from the community and stakeholders.

Expression of Interest for a Development partner

In late 2018 a global Expression of Interest (EOI) process was conducted by the City of Adelaide.

Through Stage 1 of the EOI process, we received interest from local, interstate and international developers. We were delighted with the responses received, and the high level of thought shown through the initial proposals.

In March 2019, Council shortlisted developers to move through to Stage 2 of the process which required them to submit detailed financial, commercial and development information for consideration by Council.

Where are we at?

On the 19 November 2019, the City of Adelaide selected a preferred proponent with whom to progress negotiations with on the redevelopment of the site.

We now enter into a commercially sensitive stage of discussions whereby Council will be negotiating the terms and conditions of the agreement, including the final design outcome with the selected developer. This process will ensure we achieve an optimal outcome for all City of Adelaide residents, business owners and ratepayers.

Whilst we cannot reveal plans at this stage, we will be working hard to finalise negotiations so that we can share the concepts with the community early in the new year.

The development will provide an opportunity to bring life back to O’Connell Street and must take advantage of all the benefits a timely and well thought through development can bring to the precinct.

The community has told us that it’s time to act and fully realise the potential of the site. The development should be iconic and become a destination and key attractor of people to North Adelaide, we believe we are on track to deliver this aspiration.

Events and activations

Whilst Council is working towards securing a development partner, they will make Eighty Eight O’Connell a place for the community to use and enjoy. It will be a unique place that is ever changing with a broad array of activities and events. You’ll find details of forthcoming events at the site in our What’s On section.

Need more information?

For more information about the City of Adelaide’s Eighty Eight O’Connell Street project, please refer to the Frequently asked questions page.

If you have a specific questions, please contact Rachel Tassone, City of Adelaide Project Manager:

08 8203 7371

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