Right place, right time.
The Tonsley Innovation District — Australia’s first — unites progressive, creative individuals, businesses and researchers in collaborating, testing, building and growing in a flexible and supportive environment.
Quality design promoting an inclusive environment for people and businesses hallmarks Tonsley’s development. Its urban design and land zoning has been developed specifically for a mixed use innovation district. Its high-quality design helps foster a vibrant community by supporting social interaction, activities and events.
Be involved in a highly collaborative environment.
Stewart Bartlett, Chief Operating Officer, Signostics
"We find knowledge sharing and collaboration is easy at Tonsley — it is well supported. Being part of this cluster of activity is very important and valuable."
Tonsley brings together leading-edge institutions and companies to connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators in a high-value industry, research, education and residential precinct.
The vision for Tonsley as an innovation district is intrinsic to the State’s economic development. This involves creating an operating environment for manufacturers to innovate and grow through connections to research, education and collaboration.
The model for achieving this vision has been based on a government, university and industry “triple helix” partnership. Tonsley’s holistic model incorporates:
What differentiates Tonsley’s vision from other brownfield industrial redevelopment is that it is not just a physical development approach.
Much attention has been given to creating a high quality public realm at Tonsley. The Main Assembly Building (MAB) was one of the first areas of focus for redevelopment, and won the 2015 World Architecture News Award for Adaptive Reuse amongst others.
The MAB has a ‘town centre’, urban forests, retail and other amenities. These facilitate connections, conversations and collaborations among businesses and support Tonsley’s economic development objectives.
The redevelopment of the MAB has retained elements of historical significance to the community and Southern Adelaide’s urban fabric.
Retaining the MAB roof, for example, has created value on a number of levels:
Tonsley is Australia’s first mixed-use development to be awarded the prestigious 6 Star Green Star – Communities certification.
Zen Energy Systems at Tonsley recently became Australia’s first dedicated community renewable energy provider, utilising ground-breaking technology.
As an innovation district, Tonsley’s physical development supports the broad economic vision for the site.
High quality architecture and amenities have been purposefully designed to stimulate the collaboration and innovation needed for high value industry.
Tonsley is a space where ‘planned serendipity’ can occur — an important part of an innovation ecosystem.
Tonsley’s key target sectors reflect the State’s areas of competitive advantage:
Tonsley’s soft infrastructure as well as its hard infrastructure:
This is why Tonsley has been designed as a mixed use precinct that incorporates high-density residential, retail, education, commercial and industrial land uses.
Tonsley investors and partners on site include:
Tonsley offers investors a collaborative environment that supports high value industry and access to global markets through: