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Wednesday Feb 14, 2018

Big plans for Cape Town's unfinished highways

Cape Town's unfinished highway on the Foreshore is one step closer to completion after the City announced its preferred bidder for the project, unlocking an R8 billion investment.

Brett Herron, mayco member for transport and urban development, said about R1.3bn would be spent on finishing off the freeways. It would include the connections to and from Helen Suzman Boulevard; and the connections to and from the N1 and the N2 highway.

An artist's presentation of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct development.

Mitchell Du Plessis Projects, trading as Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (MDA), are the qualifying bidders for the development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct.

Herron said MDA's proposed development would provide residential units to different income groups, inclusive of affordable housing opportunities.

"This means we will, for the first time in a democratic South Africa, see development on prime land which will cater for all income groups in the heart of the Cape Town CBD. Reversing the legacy of apartheid spatial planning is a key priority of this government. This means that everything we do in the housing realm should be aimed at providing affordable housing opportunities that are located on land with easy access to public transport and jobs.

"The Foreshore Freeway Precinct is a prime example of such a location," he said.

The development proposes a combination of approximately 3 200 market-related residential units and a minimum of 450 affordable residential units.

"It is proposed that the market-related residential units be located in 11 new tower blocks with heights ranging between 63m, 123m, and 143m with views of the mountain, sea, and harbour. The towers will extend across four precincts within the Foreshore area on the strip of land between the new freeways," Herron said.

Seven proposals were received from the private sector by the submission date. After an initial screening for responsiveness, six proposals were exhibited in the Civic Centre last March.

Another view of the project.

The core development area is City-owned land, and measures approximately six hectares. It is located under and between the existing Foreshore freeway viaducts between the northern edge of the central business district (CBD) and the Cape Town harbour.

The other sites that MDA has identified as part of their proposed development are the Ebenezer Road maintenance depot; the MyCiTi Prestwich bus depot; the Gallows Hill Traffic Centre; and the Cape Town International Convention Centre parking garage – all City-owned land.

The different heights and location of the towers will ensure that the iconic views of Table Mountain and the sea from the harbour and public spaces are retained.

Jason Felix
Cape Argus

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