‘ This inner city social services and accommodation hub is a world-first. It’s bold, ambitious and celebrates the enormous commitment to developing a more-inclusive community that is the enduring hallmark and legacy of Uniting Communities.
The construction of our U City development is well underway on the corner of Franklin and Pitt Streets in the Adelaide CBD.
The top six floors of the development will be dedicated to retirement living residences for those seeking vibrant city living. Additionally, the building will include five storeys of specialist accommodation for people living with disability, comprising 21 long- term apartments and a further 18 short-term respite accommodation units.
Other features will be a 400-seat function centre, along with retail and food outlets, and office and customer service spaces for many of our Adelaide- based services.
This $100 million project will be an international forerunner in mixed-use development, incorporating residential, social services offices, function centre and commercial space within the 20-storey building. With construction managed by national group, Built, we have been excited to see our vision for this innovative ‘vertical community’ begin to come to life.
‘Creating this kind of diverse community within the central business district is a world-first, and the name “U City” sums up the multifaceted activities that will be part of this new building,’ says Simon Schrapel. ‘We’re excited that this development will further serve to support our work in building stronger communities and supporting people in need.’
Importantly – and in keeping with our carbon neutral certification – we are committed to developing a site focused on environmental and social sustainability. U City has been designed to achieve an overall 6-star Green Star rating, featuring an embedded energy network and 55kW solar system to allow all within the building to operate in ways that are carbon neutral and make savings on energy consumption.
It is just the sort of innovation that will help to set South Australia apart when it comes to delivering integrated and intergenerational living options within a commercial and social services hub.’
Simon Schrapel, Chief Executive (pictured with Board member, Greg Box [left] and former Disability and Mental Health Minister, Leesa Vlahos [centre])
The building design also places emphasis on safety, through its operational design and use of construction materials.
‘We want to give our future tenants, residents and visitors as much confidence as we possibly can in the safety of our development, so have opted to use locally fabricated aluminium sheeting which is completely non-combustible and has no polyethylene content,’ says Mr Schrapel.
‘In keeping with the creative and innovative mixed- use nature of U City, we are excited to be leaders in high-rise development in Adelaide and Australia.’
We look forward to the continued progress of U City over the next 18 months. The building is due for completion in early 2019, and will create 180 jobs during the construction phase and more than 30 additional ongoing jobs into the future.
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