High Density Emerging in the Suburbs: Woodville West

Over the past couple of years, a lot of former housing trust homes around metropolitan Adelaide have been torn down – and in some areas this is still happening. In many instances, these houses have simply been replaced by regular detached housing within the existing streets and infrastructure.

There have been a few cases where things have been taken a bit further. At Woodville West, in Adelaide’s north-western suburbs, the opportunity to leverage the location adjacent to Albert Park train station on the Grange Line is being leveraged and a new development created in the form of The Square. Some of the previous suburb has been rezoned to allow higher density housing – to a limit of a few levels, not high-rise – with adequate public and open space provided and provision for mixed-use and retail development in future stages.

As of January 2013, Stage 1 of The Square has been completed which consists of several townhouse and apartment complexes. I must say, this area now looks quite nice compared to the old tired looking area it used to be – ignoring the fact that it is still a long way from being complete.

The Square

The Square

The Square

The Square

The Square

The Square



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2 Responses to “High Density Emerging in the Suburbs: Woodville West”

  1. Tom Says:

    Hey mate, are you back in Adelaide? I used to follow your blog a few years back, and really liked your ideas. Would be great to see some updates again

    • Andrew Says:

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I still keep watch of the site from time to time, but am not actively on it at the moment. I am currently living in Christchurch, NZ, assisting with various parts of the rebuild process over here as the city is still recovering from the earthquakes of 2010/11. Given the amount of similarity between Christchurch and Adelaide (they are sister cities), there’s a lot of learnings that each place could really take from the other.


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