Tonsley has been designed to support businesses and organisations located within the innovation district to innovate and grow sustainably. This is achieved through a mix of benefits that are available to all those that choose to call Tonsley home.
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Our target industry sectors relate to the industry clustering concept of “related variety”, where the greatest opportunity for innovation is between organisations where there is enough common ground to start a relationship, but enough differentiation for each party to bring new expertise into a collaboration.
Curating the business community by maintaining a focus on high-value manufacturing and Tonsley’s four focus sectors ensures that the benefits of “related variety” are realised. Tonsley’s collaborative potential is further enhanced due to the co-location of research and industry.
Businesses and organisations considering locating at Tonsley are required to meet the criteria of our Suitability Assessment to ensure the “related variety” benefits can be realised by all.
As per the Innovation District Model, Tonsley mobilises the district’s networking assets to create a thriving innovation ecosystem.
Business-to-business and business-to-research collaboration is actively encouraged and facilitated in numerous formal and informal ways.
This includes directly establishing connections with private and public sector counterparts and research institutions in and around Tonsley, providing and supporting regular networking and industry events, facilitating sporting competitions, fitness programs and other activations.
Businesses at Tonsley also gain ongoing national and international exposure to targeted industry stakeholders that can lead to business development opportunities.
Tonsley’s collaborative culture means the education institutions in the district are heavily embedded in industry activity – so there’s a skilled workforce that is readily employable on your doorstep. Together, Flinders University and TAFE SA have over 8,000 students studying and training at Tonsley every year.
High quality, mixed-use, urban redevelopment is an essential feature of Tonsley to meet the demands of knowledge-intensive industries and innovative businesses seeking to attract and retain highly-skilled people.
Tonsley is being developed to integrate residential, retail, leisure and work, with easy access to public transport and global access to fast internet connectivity, enabling a seamless blend of work and life.
A number of retail services and recreational areas are available including a town square, forests and plazas, cafés, table tennis, three-on-three basketball and a world-first 24/7 all glass squash court.
The location of various commercialisation, incubation and business support services at Tonsley adds to its strong entrepreneurial focus.
Tonsley’s entrepreneurial support network includes:
Tonsley’s strategic location and world-class telecommunications infrastructure connects businesses in the district with Adelaide and the world.
Tonsley is located in close proximity to:
Tonsley is connected to GigCity:
Tonsley has been recognised as a world-leader in sustainability being Australia’s first urban renewal development to receive the internationally recognised 6 Star Green Star – Communities certification. Tonsley’s 6 Star rating was recently reattained following a re-certification process.
Taking a multidimensional approach, Tonsley addresses sustainability across the following categories:
Current and planned sustainability features at Tonsley include:
The physical design of Tonsley’s redevelopment has been undertaken with the idea of supporting innovation.
Tonsley is pedestrian friendly and there is a network of high quality formal and informal places for people to meet and exchange ideas – important for encouraging collaboration. Designers are now referring to these kinds of physical features as “collision spaces” that support serendipitous networking that can lead to the kind of knowledge spill over that feeds innovation.
Tonsley’s design excellence has been acknowledged with over 20 prestigious industry awards, including international acclaim, winning the 2015 World Architecture News Award for Adaptive Reuse.
Other notable awards include:
The Main Assembly Building, known locally as the MAB, is a central and key feature of Tonsley. The adaptive re-use of the former automotive Main Assembly Building respects the industrial heritage of the site and creates its unique identity.
The MAB acts as a figurative and literal ‘umbrella’, helping create a focus for business and community activities.
It offers an adaptable and flexible floor plan with options for businesses to occupy purpose-built tenancies as well as smaller modular accommodation.
The building features contemporary public spaces including internal forests, exhibition and meeting spaces, with eating and lounge areas and Wi-Fi hotspots. The MAB is Tonsley’s social hub, attracting workers, students, residents and many local and international visitors and dignitaries.