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First contracts signed for Carrick Hill visitor centre

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A $5 million project to build a visitor pavilion at Carrick Hill has kicked off with the awarding of the first two contracts to Adelaide firms.

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Ashley Halliday Architects have been engaged for architectural work, while Rider Levett Bucknall will provide cost management services under the project being funded by the Adelaide City Deal, a 10-year agreement between the federal and state governments and the City of Adelaide.

The new pavilion will include a café, catering services, information centre and gift shop and is expected to open in 2022.

The federal government is giving $3 million and the state government $500,000, with up to $2 million coming from the Carrick Hill Development Foundation.

Springfield’s Carrick Hill was formerly the home of Sir Edward and Lady Ursula Hayward and has extensive gardens and a significant art collection.

Carrick Hill Director Tony Kanellos said the new pavilion will would encourage more people to visit.

“Carrick Hill was a bequest to the people of South Australia. We want more people to know about the Haywards, their history, their collections, their garden and to make the most of this generous gift,” he said.

“The new pavilion will help Carrick Hill deliver an ambitious program and attract more visitors. And of course, right now, local tourism is a perfect opportunity for us to explore our history, art and culture.”

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said it was critical that local jobs and contracts for local businesses were at the helm of city deal projects.

“This is a futher terrific investment to put money into the local economy and create jobs,” he said.

“On top of that this project will drive the local tourism sector into the future.”

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