A new concert hall for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra could be situated on North Terrace on the site of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital, it has been revealed. InDaily has learned from a leaked State Government document that the site is being considered for a mix of civic and commercial uses, including “a 1500-seat underground concert hall and rehearsal space for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra”.
The new hall would make use of the hospital’s existing underground structures and be capable of being “reconfigured for chamber concerts and recitals and other more intimate performances”, the document says. Nearby on the same old RAH site would be a contemporary art gallery, five-star hotel and retirement village.
The ASO has been directly involved in discussions about redeveloping the site, the document shows. It quotes ASO managing director Vincent Ciccarello as saying: “A concert hall on this site… within a residential, hotel and innovation zone on the edge of the Botanic Gardens, enabling the movement of people through and between these many components of the precinct represents activation at its best. One result, I would expect, is the development of new audiences for the ASO”.
However, it would appear that this leaked document is more a concept paper than a concrete proposal. The State Government has still not officially declared what it will do with the site.