A new chapter for Adelaide Botanic Garden

Date posted: 04 November 2016

Spring has served up its usual feast of spring blooms and events in the Gardens, but an exciting new development this season has been the South Australian Government announcement regarding the current Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) site.

Sitting alongside Adelaide Botanic Garden on North Terrace, the site has housed a hospital since the late 1800s. During the 1960s, an east wing was built, annexing 1.2ha of Adelaide Botanic Garden.

The SA Government recently announced it was entering into exclusive negotiations with a consortium – of South Australian property group Commercial & General and infrastructure and property company John Holland – for the re-development of the current RAH site.

Part of the exciting news for us is the Government is incorporating two hectares of the site redevelopment into Adelaide Botanic Garden.

It’s important the re-development is sensitive to the scientific, cultural and historic integrity of our treasured institution and respectful of its visual amenity.

The Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium and staff will work closely with Renewal SA and Commercial & General throughout the master planning and development process.

We know that the community value the peace and tranquillity of the Gardens, and it’s an important place for people to relax and recuperate.

We will work together for a seamless integration of the new development and cultural precinct with the botanic garden visual aesthetic and experience.

The incorporation of such a significant amount of land back into our Garden will create exciting new opportunities to enhance our mission to connect people and plants, further contribute to people’s quality of life and enrich the vibrancy of our city.

We’ll keep you updated with news about the development via the Latest News page on our website and the Adelaide Botanic Garden Facebook page.

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