RAA to expand city footprint, prepares to move from Mile End

30 April, 2024

The state’s largest member-based organisation is expanding its city footprint and will be moving into 150 Grenfell Street, which is seeking to become South Australia’s first upfront carbon neutral certified office building.

RAA has signed a long-term lease for the new premises and is set to take occupancy in the first half of 2026.

Once complete, the new city office will house corporate staff as well as member facing facilities and a cafe.

The move comes as RAA prepares to vacate its Mile End office due to the Torrens to Darlington (T2D) project.

Chief Executive Officer Nick Reade said the required move from Mile End as a result of the T2D project presented a great opportunity for RAA to cement its long-term office footprint for its 1,300 strong workforce.

Concept image of the new RAA site at 150 Grenfell Street

“As an organisation, we’re seeing extraordinary growth across the board,” Mr Reade said.

“We’ve just ticked over 820,000 members and are continuing to develop more offerings in exciting new areas like home and energy.

“The move from our Mile End office as a result of the T2D project has given us an opportunity to plan and secure our new long-term home.

“Last year we moved a couple of hundred staff into RAA Place as we had well and truly outgrown Mile End.

“We’ve now signed a lease for a long-term city location that could house around 500 staff and will also have member facing facilities.

“We’re extremely proud to be moving into 150 Grenfell Street, which is seeking to become South Australia’s first upfront carbon neutral certified office building – reflecting RAA’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact and maximise sustainability. 

“We’re also working on securing another location on the city fringe to house our ‘Technical Centre’ that will offer all the services that our members currently have access to at our Mile End site, including Vehicle Inspections and our Child Safety Centre.”

RAA will retain its presence and signage at RAA Place, 91 King William Street.

George Kambitsis, Director of the Kambitsis Group, who are developing the building said he is delighted that RAA has chosen 150 Grenfell for its new city premises.

“It’s such a vindication of our decision to develop a building guided by the highest ESG principles and find in the RAA, a South Australian icon, a tenant who shares in our vision,” Mr Kambitsis said.

“The central motivation was always to make a workplace that people would be proud to work at with the knowledge that the building would have the smallest carbon footprint as well as prioritising the health and wellbeing of staff by incorporating innovations not normally seen in modern office buildings.”