Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen a world leader in sustainable communities

10 Dec 2019

Adelaide’s ground-breaking innovation neighbourhood Lot Fourteen, has achieved a 6-Star Green Star - Communities rating, acknowledging the redevelopment as world-leading and one of the most sustainable precincts in the nation.

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has recognised the South Australian government’s 7-hectare entrepreneurial, innovation, education and cultural precinct on the site of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital for its livability, governance, economic prosperity, environmental impact and innovation.

Part way through its construction, Lot Fourteen now has 20 operational businesses with almost 700 employees plus 131 entrepreneurs from 31 start-ups and is on track to accommodate 6000 staff when complete in 2028.

GBCA CEO Davina Rooney said GBCA had worked in close collaboration with Renewal SA, the state government agency undertaking the redevelopment, throughout the building and certification process to create a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable community of significant size and scale in South Australia.

“Lot Fourteen marks a great leap in sustainable development and construction in Australia,” she said.

“Not only does it feature innovations in potable water use, waste and energy, it also creates a community where there is easy access to transport, education and jobs.

“This is a model for future urban mixed-use developments across Australia.”

Lot Fourteen is being developed by the South Australian Government and includes several projects being developed in conjunction with the Federal Government and Adelaide City Council under a $550 million Adelaide City Deal.

It is progressively transforming the North Terrace former hospital complex into a thriving business precinct, connected to the Adelaide Botanic Garden, the East End entertainment precinct and the University of South Australia and University of Adelaide.

The master plan includes retention of 23,500 m2 of space in six heritage buildings, which are being refurbished for modern accommodation for entrepreneurs. This adaptive reuse of former hospital buildings saves materials and preserves the site's unique heritage.

The Australian Space Agency will be based at Lot Fourteen from late December 2019, along with the SmartSat CRC, the University of Adelaide’s Australian Institute of Machine Learning, the MIT bigdata Living Lab and the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre

Renewal SA Acting Chief Executive Damian De Luca said Lot Fourteen would feature nationally significant innovation and sustainability in its creation and its outcomes.

“Lot Fourteen is on track to deliver new technologies, platforms and strategies to enhance South Australia’s and Australia’s advancement,” he said.

“The people working from Lot Fourteen will have all the sustainability benefits, including health and wellbeing, from this excellent site redevelopment. The collaboration with GBCA to create and activate the site has been outstanding.

“The benefits of such an integrated and sustainable site are part of its appeal for businesses and education to attract and retain talented staff.”

Lot Fourteen has fibre-to-the-premises internet in all habitable spaces, there will be up to 30 per cent reduction in potable water use compared to similar projects, it will be highly walkable, and is a registered Platinum WELL Communities Project, which prioritises the health and wellbeing of people who work at the neighbourhood or visit.. 

6 Star Green Star - Communities are developments that have sufficient points to establish them as displaying world leadership.