This community-driven development will become the social heart of the Salisbury City Centre as well as drive an economic revitalisation which will create up to 150 jobs during construction and inject up to $65.5 million into the local economy.
The new $43 million Salisbury Community Hub will be a core element of the revitalisation of the City Centre and create a place for the community to come together to exchange ideas, learn, participate and celebrate in a range of flexible community spaces.
Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM said beginning construction of the Salisbury Community Hub would “provide a springboard for new business investment”.
“The Salisbury City Centre will transform over the coming years and the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Salisbury Community Hub is the next step in our unfolding story as we lead investment in our communities and businesses,” Mayor Aldridge said.
“Over the next five years, an ambitious program of investment will expand and energise the Salisbury City Centre with plans to create businesses, shops, homes, community facilities, green spaces and transport.
“We appreciate it is a bold vision, but Salisbury has always been innovative, which is essential in future-proofing our city and ensuring we meet community needs for generations to come.”
The Salisbury Community Hub project is just one element of the City Centre Renewal strategy, which also includes breathing new life into the Salisbury Oval Precinct.
In 2011 the City of Salisbury embarked on an 18-month project to develop a revitalisation strategy. The project resulted in a roadmap for creating a major activity centre in the Salisbury City Centre so that it will be an exciting and vibrant place where people live, work, shop and visit. The plan also identified key actions to trigger redevelopment and stimulate investment.
The Salisbury City Centre Renewal Strategy (2012) was based on the 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide and City of Salisbury’s City Plan, ‘Sustainable Futures’.
The strategy details how the Salisbury City Centre will become a dynamic place where housing, jobs, shopping, services and transport all come together in one compact location. The directions in the strategy have been reinforced in the Council’s City Plan 2030, and provided with more detail through the Salisbury City Centre Urban Design Framework (2016).
The City of Salisbury developed the Salisbury Oval Master Plan to guide development of the area into a vibrant place for sport, passive recreation, and residential development. It will mean things to do for all ages, new outdoor parks and walking trails, improved access to the Salisbury City Centre and a place where residents and visitors will want to spend time.
The Salisbury Community Hub will feature a state-of-the-art information centre and library, a community terrace, training and meeting spaces and an outdoor screen that will showcase events, performances and live television broadcasts, in addition to Council’s civic and administration functions.
The City of Salisbury is working with Hassell Studio and Hansen Yuncken to deliver this project for the community, ensuring at least 40 per cent of the total project hours will be from the northern region workforce. The project will also see at least 20 per cent of materials sourced from local northern region suppliers.
The Salisbury City Centre will also become a prime residential address during the overall rejuvenation. A wide variety of housing is planned for a number of locations within the City Centre, providing convenient and vibrant options to suit all ages, backgrounds and aspirations.
Construction on the Salisbury Community Hub is set for completion in the second half of 2019.