Public Opinion Sought in Design of Old Royal Adelaide Hospital

Monday, September 16th, 2013
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Public opinion is being sought regarding the final six design proposals for the site of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital once it relocates in 2016.

A judging panel of planners and architects has narrowed design submissions for the hospital’s redesigned from 126 entries down to six finalists in a competition organised by the South Australian Government, and now the public is welcome to have their say.

Entries came from around the world with the six shortlisted being submissions from Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Slovakia, Colombia and Germany.

“It was a real challenge to select six short-listed teams from such a broad and innovative range of entries,” said Shelley Penn, chair of the judging jury.

Some of the submissions included student accommodation, art galleries and museums to occupy the space.

Planning Minister John Rau has invited the public to openly comment on the design proposals while designers integrate more detail into their designs.

“This is when the public can see the designs, comment on their merits and share ideas about the possibilities for the RAH site,” he said.

RAH site for redevelopment

RAH site for redevelopment

Shortlisted designers will receive $100,000 to team up with a registered architect or landscape architect from South Australia to develop their ideas while considering public feedback. Moving forward, stage two of the design competition will run from September 16 to November 8.

Feedback from the public will be considered when the jury selects the final three winning designs plus a People’s Choice, which will be announced in December.

“This is a process similar to that which developed some of Australia’s great sites including Melbourne’s Spencer Street Station,” said government architect Ben Hewett.

Hewett says the open design process will foster creative and innovative ideas. Objectives in the site brief included the creation of usable public space, supporting heritage through adaptive reuse, sustainable design, and enhanced connectivity throughout the precinct.

Steve Grieve, South Australian president of the Australian Institute of Architects, believes collaboration and consultation with locals and affected parties “provides excellent opportunities for architects to partner with the community to create a legacy for future generations.”

The six shortlisted proposals plus all submissions from stage one are on display at the South Australian Archives Centre on Leigh Street in the CBD.

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