07 Jul, 2016

Adelaide Central Market Arcade master plan design team appointed

Hames Sharley in association with Jensen Planning + Design have been appointed to deliver the Central Market Arcade Redevelopment Plan, a key project for Council’s elected members, which will be considered by Council in late 2016.

The Plan will set out a framework for the redevelopment of the Central Market Arcade site, drawing on the ideas and aspirations within Our Market District, a document produced by Council in 2015.

Lord Mayor Martin Haese said the opportunity to redevelop the Central Market Arcade is a once in a lifetime chance to leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.

“The Central Market Arcade presents a wonderful opportunity to drive major change in the very heart of the Market District, to capitalise on the area adjacent the Adelaide Central Market and celebrate our Central Market’s unique and important place in the hearts of all South Australians,” said Martin.

“It’s important we get this right, and the appointment of the collaborative team of Hames Sharley and Jensen Planning + Design, following a national search and rigorous tender process, will be the first step towards a project which will ultimately benefit city visitors, residents and businesses.

“Council is committed to preserving and enhancing the whole of the Market District and the Central Market Arcade site is very important in this overall goal. It’s fair to say that we are very excited about this project,” he said.

The design team will build on the extensive community engagement that was undertaken for Our Market District which incorporated the ideas gathered from more than 500 people through Council’s Picture Adelaide project, meetings with landowners, traders, public workshops and an ongoing Market District Reference Group with representatives from Council, traders and State Government.

Hames Sharley in association with Jensen Planning + Design has formed a multi-disciplinary team with significant experience in retail and mixed-use master planning. The team is already thinking about the possibilities presented through this unique space.

“We look forward to working with Council, The Central Market Authority and key stakeholders on the master planning process. The opportunity to make an impact and plan for a wonderful centrepiece adjacent the iconic Central Market,” said Caillin Howard, Managing Director of Hames Sharley.

Michael McKeown, Director of Jensen Planning + Design said his team is already starting to think about the possibilities of the space and its location.

“The Arcade was last redeveloped in the late 1960s. For this team it’s a once in a life time opportunity to shape the future of this landmark site,” said Michael.

Council expects to commence work on the Arcade site by 2020 and the project will drive major change within this important part of the City.

“We will take control of the Central Market Arcade when the existing ground lease, with a private owner, expires in late September 2018 which is why commencing the planning now is so important in consider the site’s future potential,” said Martin.

“The Central Market Arcade Redevelopment Plan will build on what is strong within the Market District and work toward making a great place even better.”

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Rebecca Draysey