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Project: Bowden

Location: Bowden, Adelaide

Climate: Mediterranean

Scale: 16ha mixed-use precinct

Lead: Renewal SA (Govt Agency)

Status: Commenced 2008 – forecast completion 2026

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Located 2.5km from the Adelaide CBD on former industrial land, Bowden is the South Australian Government Development Agency, Renewal SA’s most ambitious development project. The 16ha mixed-use project commenced in 2008 and is forecast to be completed by 2026, targeting 2,500 residential dwellings, 10-12,000 square metres of retail space, and approximately 15-20,000 square metres of commercial office space.

Bowden demonstrates significant leadership in urban planning, with carefully considered design guidance and review processes. All buildings are required to achieve a 5 Star GBCA Green Star rating and be assessed by an architectural review panel.

As a project that is mid-way through development, it provides a good opportunity to see how considered planning and good design transfer into reality along a continuum spanning from planners, to developers, to architects and consultants, to builders, through to early residents.

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