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Subway plans force change to uni building

Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Author: Liam Mannix, Indaily
An impression of the new University of Adelaide medical school. The easement for a future subway is beneath the green entrance at the centre of the building.

An impression of the new University of Adelaide medical school. The easement for a future subway is beneath the green entrance at the centre of the building.
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The University of Adelaide has been forced to modify the designs of its new medical school to incorporate a future North Terrace subway.

The State Government required the university to leave an area of land in the new west end development vacant to allow access to a future subway track.

Despite asking the university to change the shape of its building to accommodate the subway, the transport department says no modelling has been done on the potential multi-billion dollar proposal, nor are there any plans to fund the project.

The $130 million North Terrace medical school was announced earlier this year and will be built next to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

University of Adelaide Vice Chancellor Warren Bebbington let the subway idea slip during an interview on the university's radio station.

"If you look at the picture (of the new medical school) you'll see there's a kind of bite out of the building at one end," he said.

"That relates to the fact underneath the site there is a future plan for an Adelaide subway, an underground railway, and if that were ever to be built they have to get access from above ground to sink pylons and things, so we've had to allow some air space at one corner of the building which accounts for the slightly unusual shape."

Bebbington later told InDaily the land next to SAHMRI for the new medical school was given to the university by the State Government with an "easement" which required no development in the area earmarked for the subway.

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