The revitalisation of Adelaide Railway Station has been given a significant boost, thanks to a $6 million investment by SkyCity Adelaide.
The company has released plans to transform the station’s former Overland Dining Hall into The Guardsman – a 24/7 bar and dining hall that celebrates the best of South Australia.
Originally opened in 1928, the hall has been used as a storage area for more than a decade and will now be brought back to its former glory thanks to SkyCity, which will include full restoration of its heritage features.
The investment is in addition to the $330 million being spent by the company as the part of the Adelaide Casino expansion, which includes a luxury hotel as well as work to redevelop the current building.
The Guardsman will feature a grand central bar, open kitchen, multiple dining and seating zones, a private room ,and shopfront serving coffee and takeaway items opening onto the railway concourse.
SkyCity will work with some of South Australia’s most well-known food and beverage producers will bring a strong local flavour to the venue.
The Guardsman has seen a strong collaboration between local designers. Local architects and interior designers Studio Gram have designed the unique venue, and the brand identity and signage has been developed by Tristan Kerr of Uppercase Studio.
The build will be undertaken by local construction firm SHAPE.
Adelaide Casino’s general manager of marketing, Greg Stirling, said The Guardsman is an amazing project that will revitalise a building full of history.
“It’s a unique opportunity to develop a part of the railway station that has not been used for many years and create a place where stories can again be shared and made,” he said.
“We are sure South Australians will be proud of this project, which we believe will become a catalyst for further interest in the revitalisation of the Adelaide Railway Station.
“Being on the Railway Station concourse, where 230,000 people pass through each week, gives us a unique opportunity to attract a wide range of customers including local commuters, people heading to Adelaide Oval and the Riverbank precinct and tourists.”
The Guardsman will create 60 operational jobs when complete, adding to the 800 operational jobs that will be created on completion of the expansion project in 2020. Work on The Guardsman is expected to be completed in November 2019.
Renewal SA’s director of city projects, Matt Hunt, said: “The Guardsman will be a distinguishing feature of Renewal SA’s plan to revitalise the Adelaide Railway Station, and will make a major contribution towards transforming the station into a destination where people choose to start their journey, meet friends and make plans.”
Meanwhile, construction work on the 12-storey expansion of Adelaide Casino overlooking the Adelaide Riverbank, which includes a new luxury all-suite hotel, is running on time and is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Topping out on the new building is expected to occur in the second half of the year.