Adelaide Casino renovations underway with AU$330m SkyCity revamp

Adelaide Casino renovations underway with AU$330m SkyCity revamp

Monday, June 25, 2018 Posted by Craig Davies
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Part of wider regeneration plans

Construction work has begun in the Australian city of Adelaide on its AU$330m (£185m) casino upgrade and expansion, which forms part of a wider strategy to revitalise the city’s Riverbank area, report local media outlets.

Owned by New Zealand based casino operator SkyCity, the revamped Adelaide Casino is scheduled to be completed during 2020, with a number of enhancements detailed as the property expands its base in the city.

Amongst them is a new hotel and spa, which has seen another floor added to the plans, with the proposed expanded building development now including a 123 room addition, as opposed to the original 89.

Also included is a refurbishment of the existing casino, which is to also see the introduction of new VIP gaming facilities, three additional bars, three new signature restaurants and a function space capable of hosting up to 750 people.

Through the expansions, Luke Walker, general manager of the Adelaide Casino, has stated an intention of South Australia becoming a major tourism draw on interstate and international levels.

The local engagement of the project has also been lauded, with Walker stating “we are thrilled” to be working with Hansen Yuncken Pty Limited as the main contractor on the development, with a commitment to South Australian jobs and development highlighted.

This is via the creation of 1,000 jobs during the construction phase, in addition to 800 at the casino upon completion.

SkyCity also details that it has set aside specific funds to within its budget, to aid the remodelling of the existing casino building within the “historic” railway station, with Walker stating it has been done “to match the high standards the new development will set, while protecting its special character which will remain intact”.

Expansion of the Adelaide Casino forms part of a wider strategic investment in the Riverbank precinct, coinciding with the redevelopment of the Adelaide Festival Plaza, which is set to see 16,500m2 of public space established in the areas surrounding the Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Railway Station, Adelaide Casino, Parliament House and Old Parliament House and Station Road.  

Totally Gaming says: After receiving the go-ahead almost 12 months ago it has been a long process to get to this point, with the development seeming to form a crucial aspect of the wider Adelaide regeneration efforts, and its bid to channel an increasing number of tourists to the city. SkyCity has stated that it’s aiming to transform the Adelaide Casino “into a world-class integrated entertainment precinct,” and its efforts to compete in more premium markets emphasise this point.

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