Urban design guidelines for the transformation of former industrial land to a new model of urban city-fringe living in Bowden, Adelaide.

Design Guidelines

Bowden urban village is 20ha of ex-industrial land immediately north of the Adelaide CBD, formerly known as the Clipsal site and Brompton Gasworks.

The original Master Plan for the transit-oriented development (TOD) was completed in 2009. Due to changing circumstances in land ownership and transportation, LFA in association with Annand Alcock Urban Design was appointed by Land Management Corporation (now Renewal SA) to update the masterplan and prepare urban design guidelines.

The urban design guidelines set the framework for establishing a higher density, fine-grained mixed use urban village that integrates the past industrial character of the site with contemporary and sustainable design.

The guidelines address elements at the precinct level down to the internal layout of dwellings, including street interface, placemaking, façade design and sustainability, materials and colours, internal amenity, solid to void ratios and roofscape.

We were subsequently retained to prepare Detailed Allotment Control Plans (DACPs) for the first residential stage, comprising 125 residential dwellings and 2,300m² or retail/commercial space. The DACPs set out the site specific controls and prescribed outcomes for each allotment, including building typology, height, massing, density, capacity for natural lighting and ventilation.

CLIENT: Land Management Corporation (Renewal SA)
COLLABORATORS: Annand Alcock Urban Design; Black Sheep
LOCATION: Bowden, Adelaide