Tonsley takes shape

Read about the progress of the Tonsley redevelopment.

City Limits Magazine October 2014 This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 46 - October 2014.

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As companies continue to move into Tonsley, work is starting on the retail precinct which includes an attractive Town Square within the eight-hectare Main Assembly Building (MAB).

The Town Square will become the heart of Tonsley’s social activity, drawing residents, workers and students to the centre of the site where they can also enjoy a range of events and activities, including opportunities for live music, markets, civic speeches and informal gatherings.

The design of the MAB respects the historical character of Tonsley and a commitment to energy efficiency. It will link indoor and outdoor open spaces and feature internal forest, exhibition and meeting spaces together with eating, lounge areas and Wi-Fi hotspots.

City Limits - Oct 14 - Issue 46 - TonsleyA key feature will also be the establishment of four urban forests to provide unique spaces where people can meet, eat, relax and socialise.

The purpose-designed internal forests, which will vary in size and location throughout the MAB, will enhance Tonsley’s central building through their ability to assist with the regulation of air temperature and provide a place for the local community to enjoy.

The urban forests are as a direct result of Tonsley’s innovative master planning process, which included a sustainability study into the environmental performance of the MAB.

Such emphasis on sustainability has seen the adaptive re-use of eight hectares of the former Mitsubishi assembly building in preventing the loss of approximately 90,000 tonnes of carbon emissions embodied in its original construction.

Its rejuvenation has avoided carbon emissions of a scale equivalent to taking 25,000 average cars off the road for one year.

The MAB will provide flexible, modular and pod tenancies for a wide variety of commercial, retail and recreational uses. The building will become a thriving precinct meeting the broad range of needs of workers, students, residents and visitors to the site.

The first stage of the interim retail precinct will include several pods that will form a café and convenience store to provide food and beverage facilities in time for the opening of Flinders at Tonsley, the university’s School of Computer, Science, Mathematics and Engineering in February 2015.

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