27 June 2013 — A design competition, for the future of the Royal Adelaide Hospital site, with $900,000 worth of prizes, has been announced by South Australian premier Jay Weatherill.

The first stage of the competition opens on 18 July with designers encouraged to submit their ideas. The winner will be announced in December.

Australian Institute of Architects’ South Australian chapter president Steve Grieve said the competition provided excellent opportunities for architects to partner with the community to create a legacy for future generations.

“This is a great opportunity to raise the level of public awareness and debate about the important roles architecture and design play in the future of our city,” he said.

“I am pleased that the government is taking a measured and comprehensive approach to the future of this very important site.”

Immediate past president of the Institute, Shelley Penn, will lead an independent judging panel to assess the initial design concepts that will be submitted by registered architects and landscape architects from both Australia and overseas.

In addition to being an open competition key features of the brief include compulsory integration of the Greater Riverbank Precinct and the city in submitted designs as well as mandatory collaboration with local firms for stage two entrants.

The Institute will work closely with the competition administrators and government to ensure the employment of world’s best practice competition guidelines and appropriate master planning strategies for the site.

Following the design competition a master plan for the precinct will be developed by the state government, guided by the successful submissions.