Posted: 31 January 2018

Tonsley Innovation District, has been named as a finalist in four award categories in the prestigious 2018 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Awards.

Tonsley is in the running for the following awards:

  • Best Mixed Use Development
  • Development Innovation
  • SA State Development of the Year
  • National Development of the Year

Tonsley is one of five finalists for the 2018 State Development of the Year, along with the Synergy Construct premises on King Williams Street, the University of Adelaide’s Health and Medical Sciences Building on North Terrace, the fit out of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources premises on Waymouth Street and the KPMG office in Pirie Sreet.

Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the ICC Sydney Convention Centre on Friday, 11 May.

Managed by the Property Council of Australia, the National Innovation & Excellence Awards is one of the most prestigious property awards programs in Australia, promoting excellence in design and innovation in the built environment since 1982.

The Property Council of Australia aims to showcase superior examples of iconic projects in property development and investment across a broad range of sectors and design disciplines

Tonsley Innovation District is a Renewal SA project, created at the premises of the former Mitsubishi car manufacturing plant in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.

The district is home to over 30 businesses and over 80 members of the two co-working spaces on site, plus the Flinders University School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics and TAFE College. About 1200 people are employed on site– more than when Mitsubishi ceased manufacturing cars on the site in 2008.

It brings together leading edge research and education institutions, established businesses and start-ups, with a focus on advanced manufacturing.

Tonsley’s masterplan incorporates collaborative meeting and working spaces providing world-class facilities to help take new ideas from concept and testing to market.

The district was recognised for excellence in architectural and sustainable design excellence by winning two categories for the 2017 Good Design Awards. It also won the 2017 Urban Design Institute of Australia National Award for Excellence in the Urban Renewal category, among a number of other awards.