6 Jun 2019
Located on the city fringe, Bowden is one of Adelaide’s most exciting urban redevelopments.
You may have noticed some changes to the former Brompton Gasworks site and surrounding area as a result of recent, ongoing works.
The redevelopment of the former Brompton Gasworks site is the next step in transforming this former six-hectare industrial area into the Bowden Heritage Precinct — a great place to live, work and shop.
Once completed, the Bowden Heritage Precinct will be a lively and pedestrian-friendly space within the Bowden neighbourhood that balances retail, commercial, residential and community activity for residents and visitors to enjoy.
To realise this vision, the former Brompton Gasworks’ site, located within the heritage precinct’s six-hectare boundary, is undergoing remediation.
With evidence of both soil and groundwater contamination at the site, Renewal SA has engaged the professional services of Ventia Utility Services (Ventia) and Senversa, which are currently finalising a series of environmental investigations before remediation works begin.
To ensure the site is safe and suitable for the intended development, all investigation and remediation works will be independently audited by Michael Seignior.
Mr Seignior is a Site Contamination Auditor with more than 25 years’ experience, who is accredited by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
Major demolition works are now finished, and eight structures of cultural and historic significance have been retained, including three individually listed State Heritage structures.
In paying tribute to Bowden’s industrial roots, both the striking 21-metre-high former Gasworks Chimney and Chief Street Wall and framework were retained, along with The Retort House and East Street Wall.
During the process:
The removal of these sections has enhanced accessibility in the Precinct, and improved visibility of the retained structures. Some early works to remove redundant underground services and infrastructure have started.
Remediation to clean up the site is the next step for the Bowden Heritage Precinct.
As the previous location of the Brompton Gasworks (dating back to the 1860s), there is work to be done to prepare the site for future use.
Details to note include:
Ventia, Senversa and Renewal SA will host an on-site community drop-in session before major remediation works begin.
This will be an opportunity to learn about the remediation works from the people managing the project and have your questions answered.
This session will be held at the Bowden Heritage Precinct.
For information about the future remediation of the former Brompton Gasworks site, or about the plans for redeveloping the Bowden Heritage Precinct, visit the Renewal SA website. Alternatively, phone Renewal SA on 08 8207 1300 or email [email protected].