Adelaide, continues to save its history with the Renewal SA strategy

Wednesday, 7th November 2018

“The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide"

THE Brompton Gasworks site has been added to the SA Heritage Register, protecting a number of historic buildings in the process. The protected status was confirmed at a meeting of the SA Heritage Council last week.

The 1879 retort house — where gas was manufactured by heating coal in the absence of air — joins the remaining parts of the 1900-11 retort house and chimney stack, which were previously confirmed as a State Heritage Place in 1987. The site was designated in June 2015 as a site of archaeological significance.

SA Heritage Council chairman Keith Conlon said the council agreed the site demonstrated important aspects of the state’s development and had elements that were of cultural significance.

The SA Gas Company’s Brompton site began producing gas for the city in May 1863. After coal carbonisation ceased in 1964, the company produced gas on-site using LPG and natural gas products. “The site is the largest surviving 19th and early 20th century coal carbonisation gasworks industrial site in South Australia,” Mr Conlon said. “It is inextricably linked with Adelaide’s development because it was a catalyst for the early industrial growth of western Adelaide through its supply of fuel for new factories that set up nearby to minimise gas supply costs.”

Renewal SA supported the heritage listing of the former gasworks site, said acting chief executive Mark Devine. “We have developed a strategy to retain eight structures of cultural and historical significance reflecting the fabric of the Bowden Brompton area,” he said. “These include the three individually listed state heritage structures along with a collection of character structures”. He said site works would include demolition of selected structures to enable accessibility through the precinct and to showcase the retained structures. “This will help to connect the precinct with other stages of the Bowden Heritage Precinct project, delivering on the Bowden master plan’s commitment to connectivity throughout the entire project area,” said Mr Devine.

The demolition application for certain structures that was approved by the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) and supported by Heritage SA was considered and approved on the proviso that the State Heritage Place listing was already confirmed, so the latest listing does not impact works to transform the Bowden Heritage Precinct. “New streets, landscaping and buildings will be sensitively added to articulate and revitalise the site as a thriving precinct of special heritage character, providing a blend of history, culture and sustainability,” said Mr Devine.

Article courtesy of The Advertiser 31st October 2018 

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