What changes are coming?
Adelaide Botanic Garden was assigned funding for four types of works. These are:
Upgrade of public amenities:
The following free standing toilet facilities will be demolished and rebuilt in the same location with modern and sustainable practices to include male and female toilets, family rooms with provision for children and accessible toilets:
- Simpson Kiosk (next to the Main Lake)
- Francis Arbor (on the western border shared with Lot Fourteen)
- Classgrounds (adjacent to Plane Tree Drive, Botanic Park)
The following toilets located within larger buildings will also be upgraded, aiming to improve ventilation and enhance the visitor experience.
- Schomburgk Pavilion (next to the Museum of Economic Botany and Diggers Shop). These will be closed from 28 March - 13 May 2022 while the works take place.
- Noel Lothian Hall (at the back of the Tram Barn, opposite the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden) These will be closed from 16 May - 3 June 2022 while the works take place.
Boost lighting and security:
- Permanent lighting that is both energy efficient but also sympathetic to a heritage garden will be installed in key locations within the Garden. The lighting will enable more evening events and curated experiences to happen throughout a longer time of the year, as well as supporting later opening hours of the garden.
- CCTV and security lighting will be installed in key locations to protect the Gardens property and provide additional public safety at night.
Implement critical building restoration works on heritage-listed buildings:
- Upgrades to the heritage-listed old Tram Barn, which houses the State Herbarium will take place.
In this building, scientists undertake vital scientific botanical research. It also holds the state’s scientific botanical collections. Works will include salt damp remediation, roof sarking and roof insulation, all of which will help to manage temperature and humidity in the building, something the precious collections are at risk from. Additional shelving will also be installed to enable safer and more efficient storage of the Herbarium’s 1.2 million plus botanical collections.
- Completing the wall repointing works and roof replacement of the heritage-listed Goodman Building, the admin centre of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium. This will involve the replacement and repair of the slate roof and eliminate water leaks into building.