Posted: 13 June 2018

The iconic Boiler House at Tonsley Innovation District is set to brew up a unique new hospitality offering for the district and southern Adelaide.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll today announced leading Adelaide hospitality and brewing operator, Kidd Retail Group (KRG) as the successful proponent to develop the property for adaptive reuse. This follows an Expression of Interest by Renewal SA, which manages the district.

The new brewhouse at the Boiler House will offer craft beers brewed on site under the Lady Burra label, meals, coffees and drinks throughout the day and entertainment in the evenings. It will employ 75 staff when it is operational next year.

“KRG is a proud South Australian business and has a fantastic vision to redevelop the Boiler House into a thriving brewery,” Minister Knoll said.

“It will honour Tonsley’s industrial character and provide a social focus for the business people, employees and students already on site.

“I’m sure that the addition of further food and beverage options on site will be welcome news for the more than 30 businesses and around 1,300 people employed on the Tonsley site.

“Steven Kidd and his team have done a great job with Lady Burra Brewhouse and Kitchen in Topham Mall, the first microbrewery in the Adelaide CBD.

The 1960s Boiler House has retained many of its industrial features from the days when its plant was integral to the former Mitsubishi car factory at Tonsley.

The Boiler House pumped steam and electricity into the Main Assembly Building (MAB) via an overhead gantry, which has been retained along with other distinctive industrial features.

Tonsley is now home to more than 30 businesses, plus the Flinders University College of Science and Engineering and the TAFE SA Sustainable Industries Education Centre. Over 1300 people are employed on the site – more than when the last car rolled off the production line in 2008.

In addition to the Lady Burra Brewhouse, KRG plans to open three other hospitality venues in the city this year – a café offering cocktails and desserts in the evening, a wine and tapas bar that will serve as a cellar door for guest wineries, and a Miami-style rooftop cocktail bar.

KRG proprietor Steven Kidd said the group plans to offer a taste of all these CBD offerings under the one, big roof at the Boiler House and brew beers on site under the Lady Burra label.

He said the size of the 800m2 Boiler House was one of its big attractions, along with its unique location in the heart of an innovation district.

“The Boiler House will give us the space for a brewery that can provide beer for our bars in the city, supplementing what we are able to produce at Lady Burra in Topham Mall.

“We also provide keg beer to other outlets and are looking to produce a range of bottled or canned beers at the Boiler House.

“The fact that we will be producing on site taps into Tonsley’s manufacturing heritage and this will be reflected in our fit-out for the Boiler House.

“This work will be done by experienced national fit out firm, Pinnacle, which has its headquarters and joinery workshop in Adelaide. Pinnacle has many high profile retail and commercial clients throughout Australia and its hospitality fit outs include Jamie’s Italian in Adelaide and Perth and Parlamento on Adelaide’s North Terrace.

“We’re really excited about the potential of the Boiler House within Tonsley itself and as a new and appealing offering in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.”

Mr Kidd said he expected the brewhouse would open for business in early 2019 and would employ about 75 staff when operational.

The development of the Boiler House is part of the Tonsley vision to create a vivid mixed-use precinct that provides an interface between residents, businesses and researchers to support co-design and co-creation of new products and services.

Construction work began this year on the first homes for Tonsley Village, which will ultimately house about 850 people.

Lot 34, which neighbours the Boiler House will be developed to create retail business opportunities and landscaped public areas for a range of events.