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City Shaping and Urban Design

The T2D Project will complete a transport corridor that creates an outstanding and safe user experience, shapes Adelaide’s future growth, stimulates business opportunities and provides greener, connected communities.

City Shaping Initiatives (as of February 2022)

$125 million worth of projects was announced in February 2022 with the aim of rejuvenating and further greening local  neighbourhoods along the project corridor.

The first of these involves the T2D Project working in partnership with local residents, plus the City of West Torrens, to create a new Thebarton community hub on the eastern side of South Road.

Other projects in the $125 million package for community space includes:

  • $20m for developing vacant land within the corridor for new and displaced businesses
  • $2m for a safe and direct linkage between Edward St, Edwardstown, and Raglan Ave to reduce congestion
  • $4m for sporting infrastructure, including revamp of Glandore Oval
  • $4m for better local traffic management
  • $3m improving public transport infrastructure to support lift in patronage
  • $6m to improving landscapes and amenity of sections of South Rd

What is Urban Design?

Urban design can be defined as both a process and a product, focusing on how buildings, places and spaces can meet the needs and be integrated with the people, fauna and flora who inhabit them.

Good urban design is contextual, responding to the surrounding environment, contributing to the existing and future qualities and character of a place. It is also inclusive and durable, creating places for everyone, enabling equity in our cities, towns and regions.

Urban Design adds significant value by creating desirable places, creating buildings and places that are adaptable and long lasting, as well as enhancing local investment and community values.

Urban Design realises a project’s broader potential, for all users and the broader community as well as being sustainable, integrating environmentally responsive solution, supporting long term economic productivity, health and well-being.

Key Directions

Five Key Directions have been developed to guide the Urban Design and City Shaping outcomes for the T2D Project and support urban renewal.

The Key Directions reflect the community priorities and values we have heard through our engagement activities to date.  This includes feedback gathered from our Community Survey, input from the Community and Business Reference Groups, key stakeholder groups, local Councils and other Government Departments.

The Key Directions also support and align to strategic policy directions across all levels of government.

Each Key Direction includes objectives and desired outcomes to guide the development of the Urban Design and City Shaping Strategies for the T2D Project.

Feedback will be sought as part of the project assessment process and broader engagement activities.


Connecting People and Place

T2D is part of an integrated transport system that seamlessly connects into existing regional, metropolitan and local transport networks.

New links will improve and enhance active transport access across and along South Road, enabling people to move safely and efficiently.

Better quality connections will create more choice for people accessing employment and services – supporting better health, wellbeing and productivity.

Acknowledging and reinforcing the corridor's diverse 'sense of place' will assist wayfinding and orientation along the corridor, ensuring ease of use for people who walk, cycle, use public transport or drive.

Design responses are simple, high quality and well detailed that respond to local context while maintaining consistency with completed sections of the North-South Corridor.

Creating Opportunities

T2D connects the North-South Corridor to South Australia's economy.

T2D will improve South Australia's connectivity, enabling opportunities for people and business in Adelaide’s southern, central and northern suburbs.

South Road will be a better place with less traffic and improved streetscapes, attracting and encouraging people to new precincts and businesses.

Opportunities for new land uses and precincts along the T2D corridor will be encouraged through rezoning and new access to the North-South Corridor. This will building on existing strategies.

Creating Great Journeys

Create memorable, easy and enjoyable journeys for all.

Creative and innovative design responses will emphasise positive user experience, ensuring orientation and wayfinding is clear.

The ease and accessibility for all users will be simple, reliable, efficient and safe, reducing impacts to local communities and enhancing and improving local accessibility whilst creating new regional and direct connections.

South Road above the new tunnels will be designed to consider all users to create a memorable and identifiable travel experience, whether walking, cycling, using public transport or by car.

Bold design responses at key interchanges will provide interest and recognition of points of interest.

Creating Greener Resilient Places

Green the corridor and create resilient places.

Sustainability will be embedded in the design including greening the corridor, creating opportunities for increased tree canopy cover, and increasing local biodiversity and habitat.

Water sensitive urban design solutions will enable the establishment of sustainable streetscapes, improving the water quality along local waterways and creating improved, green connections within and beyond the corridor.

Plants will be selected for their climate resilience and low water requirements, habitat value, and in selected places reflect local contextual influences.

Celebrating Culture and Place

The project is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and the area is of historical and spiritual significant to past, current and emerging generations.

Places along South Road have an important social and industrial history, including Anzac Highway's role as a memorial boulevard to those who never returned from conflict.

T2D will celebrate the living culture of Kaurna as the Traditional Custodians of the area, through creative responses  and will acknowledge Adelaide’s industrial heritage and emerging industries as design inspiration.

The adaptive reuse of sites and buildings will be supported to catalyse new and emerging businesses and enterprises.