• Location

    A8 MAB, 6 MAB Eastern Promenade, Tonsley SA

  • Completed

    September 2019

  • Architect

    Tridente Boyce Design Studio

  • Area


  • Type


  • Duration

    8 months

  • Project Manager

    Renewal SA/Moto Projects

  • Value

    $3M - $5M

Continuing our partnership with Tonsley

Following the success of tenancy 13 at Tonsley Innovation District's Main Assembly Building (MAB), our construction team was once again engaged by Renewal SA to deliver tenancy 4. The newly constructed building is comprised of three separate tenancies, two of which will house innovative x-ray imaging company Micro-X.

Located within the MAB, tenancy 4 was built in conjunction with Renewal SA, Moto Projects, Tridente Boyce Design Studio, Meinhardt Australia, and Drew Rudd Engineers.

Sustainably conscious construction

Tonsley is recognised as Australia’s first redevelopment to be awarded a 6-Star Green Star Communities rating, making it a world-leader in sustainability.

Supporting this notion, the MAB’s tenancy 4 features 10.76mm EnviroShield toughened glass on the east facing windows. The energy efficient glass features high performance solar control and thermal insulation, meeting green building standards and maintaining Tonsley’s sustainability ambitions.

tonsley mab tenancy 4 adelaide
tonsley mab tenancy 4 adelaide

A high quality tenancy for industry leaders

Designed to accommodate businesses, leading-edge researchers, and education institutions, Tonsley Innovation District requires facilities to match. Tenancy 4 features high-quality finishes throughout the space for seamless integration for its industry-leading tenants.

“This was a complex project in terms of its geometry and the Schiavello team was exceptional in delivering the highly-detailed structure,” explains Nick Tridente of Tridente Boyce Design Studio.

Sharp angles, bold steel, and a glass-wrapped façade characterise the architecturally designed structure. Inside, the fitout features a lab area, cleanroom, and common area for Micro-X’s two spaces, as well as a separate office tenancy with kitchen area.

tonsley mab tenancy 4 adelaide

Constructing a compliant cleanroom

The cleanroom required an ISO class 6 classification to be compliant with Micro-X’s sensitive manufacturing processes. However, the specified Flowcrete antistatic epoxy flooring posed a challenge in achieving a completely sealed airtight space.

Unlike traditional vinyl lab flooring, the epoxy does not allow for an integrated cove skirting, so a solution had to be constructed to combat this. In consultation with our project team, the architect designed a new detail that would allow the junction at the base of the plasterboard and floor to be fully sealed.

Andrew Hay, Senior Project Manager

tonsley mab tenancy 4 adelaide
tonsley mab tenancy 4 adelaide

A striking piece of real estate

As the gateway building to the MAB, Renewal SA approached Tridente Boye Design Studio to create a statement with their design concept for Tenancy 4.

Its position at the entrance of the MAB not only stamped it as a remarkable feat of architecture, but also as a prime piece of real estate. The instantaneous leasing of its two tenancies to Micro-X showcases the building’s capability in attracting tenants.

As a result, Tenancy 4 has far exceeded the client’s commercial agenda and will continue to contribute to the overall success of the Tonsley Innovation District.

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