Master of Architecture - University of Newcastle

Jincheng Liu

Jincheng Liu

Shed 26 redevelop project

Shed 26 sits on the eastern end of Semaphore Road, behind the Glanville train station and adjacent to Newport Quays redevelopment in New Port, on the inner harbor of Port Adelaide, South Australia. Once an important feature of the bustling Glanville Dockyards, Shed 26 is now the last surviving sawtooth shed in the inner harbor of Port Adelaide. In fact, it will soon become the last wharf shed of the inner harbor after Shed 1 (currently known as the Fishermen’s Wharf Markets), next door to the Port Adelaide Lighthouse, is demolished. Outside of state heritage listed Hart’s Mill and Fletcher’s Slip, Shed 26 is the last remaining significant maritime artefact on the Port Adelaide inner harbor waterfront. Shed 26’s history, look and physical location visually connects Port Adelaide’s harbor to LeFevre Peninsula. It represents an eye-catching and iconic reminder of the culture and history of the Port of Adelaide, and the contribution of generations of workers and their families to South Australia.

 The possibilities for adaptive reuse of the Shed 26 structure, as a feature within a new urban development on the larger site, are endless and exciting. Port cities around the world have adapted wharf sheds and other historic buildings for use as public institutions, private housing, and mixed private-public use. Adaptation brings long-term value to land redevelopment for communities and property owners alike, attracts interstate and international visitors, and encourages new residents to choose to live in Port Adelaide and surrounding suburbs. The redevelopment of Shed 26 is for the revitalization of Port Adelaide through visionary new urban development that retains the existing historical character of the Port. In the longer-term, well after the first sales of new housing, this approach will be far more beneficial – economically and culturally - for the community.