Client: Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED)
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Project timeline: 2010 – 2011
Services provided: Strategic design, workshop facilitation

As head of Arup’s Cities business, Andrew Wisdom drove an urban transformation agenda for the firm’s diverse practices and Tonsley Park strategic design is a key example highlighting the success of his work.

Once a substantial employment centre for Adelaide’s southern suburbs, this former Mitsubishi manufacturing plant has lain dormant since it closed in 2008. As the largest urban regeneration site in SA, the government was focused on bringing it to life again and creating a new industrial future for South Australia.

Arup’s strategic design process turned a vision and spatial masterplan into something that could be delivered successfully.

Andrew and the Arup team looked at harnessing the existing physical assets of the site, its uses, types of tenants, mix of businesses and activities, how people on the site might live, work and interact, and operational, environment and governance needed for the site to flourish.

Jointly facilitating the initial scenario-planning workshop, Andrew developed a series of scenarios for the site. This provided a framework for master planning and achieved improved and more realistic plans and strategy for redevelopment.

Ultimately, Andrew and the Arup team drove people to think and interact in a different way and as a result, Tonsley is anticipated to be the heart of South Australia’s high-value industry, education and residential precinct.