Adelaide Festival Plaza Precinct Upgrade

24 June 2022

Festival Plaza’s reimagined public realm has officially opened to the public, giving families and festival-goers a visionary new space to spend time in.

Hansen Yuncken were engaged by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport to deliver the Adelaide Festival Plaza Precinct Upgrade – Public Realm and Station Entry Fit-Out for Renewal SA

As part of the delivery Hansen Yuncken committed to creating economic opportunities for local businesses and people.

On completion, the Industry Advocate, Ian Nightingale is pleased to report; 96% goods and products used on the project were supplied from Metropolitan Adelaide; 100% of labour was performed by South Australians and of that; and there were 47 apprentices, trainees, cadets and graduates involved in the project.

Hansen Yuncken surpassed their original target by 22% for sourcing products from South Australia. They achieved this by engaging with all sub-contractors involved and requested they consider opportunities for South Australian suppliers in their supply chain in the delivery of the project.

A great example of designing in economic benefit was that the original seismic joints specified for the project were an imported product. This imported product was to be installed by specialist inter-state subcontractors resulting in no economic benefit for the State for this item. However, Hansen Yuncken worked with Mott MacDonald to create a suitable design for manufacture in Australia to be installed by a local South Australian contractor.

This created savings for the project as well as increasing employment outcomes for South Australians.

Hansen Yuncken worked with the Subcontractors to support the inclusion of the target groups on the project. The Subcontractors took this seriously and in total 47 apprentices, trainees, cadets and graduates were involved in the project, 6 people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and 7 people with barriers to employment, 60 people in total.

The Industry Advocate, Ian Nightingale said ‘the industry participation outcomes from the Festival Plaza Project speak for themselves – Hansen Yuncken and the project team can be justifiably proud of the achievements.’