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Lot Fourteen a world leader in sustainable communities

16 December 2019

Lot Fourteen is being developed as a walkable neighbourhood which encourages active commuting and is well connected to public transport.

Lot Fourteen has been acknowledged as a world-leading urban redevelopment and one of the most sustainable precincts in the nation by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

The council has awarded Lot Fourteen innovation neighbourhood a 6-Star Green Star - Communities rating based on its livability, governance, economic prosperity, environmental impact and innovation. 6 Star Green Star - Communities are developments that have sufficient points to establish them as displaying world leadership.

The State Government of South Australia began redevelopment of Lot Fourteen in late 2017 and the neighbourhood now has 20 operational businesses with almost 700 employees plus 131 entrepreneurs from 31 start-ups. It is on track to accommodate 6000 staff when complete in 2028.

GBCA Chief Executive Davina Rooney said GBCA had worked in close collaboration with the state government throughout the building and certification process to create a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable community of significant size and scale in South Australia.

“Lot Fourteen marks a great leap in sustainable development and construction in Australia,” she said.

“Not only does it feature innovations in potable water use, waste and energy, it also creates a community where there is easy access to transport, education and jobs.

“This is a model for future urban mixed-use developments across Australia.”

Lot Fourteen is progressively transforming the North Terrace former hospital complex into a thriving business precinct, connected to the Adelaide Botanic Garden, the East End entertainment precinct and the University of South Australia and University of Adelaide.

The master plan includes retention of 23,500 m2 of space in six heritage buildings, which are being refurbished for modern accommodation for entrepreneurs. This adaptive reuse of former hospital buildings saves materials and preserves the site's unique heritage.

In addition to the 6 Star Green Star Rating, Lot Fourteen is the first registered WELL Communities Pilot Project in Australia. Lot Fourteen is being developed to achieve the International WELL Building Institute standards by offering tenants and their employees an environment that promotes wellbeing with thoughtfully designed work spaces, as well as opportunities for planned and incidental exercise and making social connections.

This includes use of natural light where possible, end-of-trip facilities to promote active commuting, well designed public realm areas for relaxing and socialising, on-site fitness and wellness classes and easy access to the neighbouring parklands and Adelaide Botanic Garden next door for exercising and relaxation.

The redevelopment of Lot Fourteen is being undertaken by Renewal SA on behalf of the State Government. Renewal SA Acting Chief Executive Damian De Luca said the collaboration with GBCA to create and activate the site had been outstanding.

“The people working from Lot Fourteen will have all the sustainability benefits, including health and wellbeing, from this excellent site redevelopment,” he said.

“The benefits of such an integrated and sustainable site are part of its appeal for businesses and education to attract and retain talented staff.”

Lot Fourteen has fibre-to-the-premises internet in all habitable spaces, there will be up to 30 per cent reduction in potable water use compared to similar projects and it will be a highly walkable neighbourhood.

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