New year new look at Tonsley
Read about the latest developments set to be unveiled in early 2015 at Tonsley.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 47 - December 2014.
2015 is fast approaching and activity on site is in full swing as Tonsley gears up to welcome a series of new and exciting retail pods as part of the Town Square precinct.
From mid-February, FUNK Food+Coffee will be joined by Sakura Sushi, Easymart convenience store and an exciting new café and dining outlet, all located within the Town Square, the heart and soul of the adaptive reuse of the former Mitsubishi main assembly building.
Project director at Tonsley Vince Rigter said construction of the Town Square is well underway.
"Visitors to Tonsley will see a hive of activity with groundwork for the purpose-designed retail pods and urban forests already taking shape,” Mr Rigter said.
"The vibrant Town Square will service local residents, TAFE, Flinders University students and staff members, as well as other businesses located at Tonsley and in surrounding areas."
A key feature of Tonsley's eight-hectare main assembly building will be the establishment of four urban forests to provide unique spaces where people can meet, eat, socialise and relax.
The internal forests, which vary in size and location throughout the main assembly building, will enhance Tonsley's central building through their ability to assist with the regulation of air temperature and provide a pleasant space for the local community.
"The internal forests exemplify our commitment to sustainability and the delivery of a high quality, physical environment which encourages people to come together to work, live and learn," Mr Rigter said.
Each of the four forests has a unique theme based on its primary function and location, and utilises a mix of small to medium sized trees and ground covers.
From early next year students, workers and visitors to Tonsley will be able to access the site from South Road when the new roadway officially opens in time for the new academic year and launch of the new Flinders University campus.
Hills moving to Tonsley
Hills is relocating its South Australian Innovation Centres from Port Road in Hindmarsh to the new six-storey Flinders University building at Tonsley, which is due to open in January 2015.
The move aims to support collaboration between the university and businesses to encourage product development and create new jobs.
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