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Monday Oct 07, 2013

Cape Town scoops award for skate park plan

The City of Cape Town has scooped an international design award for its plans to transform an unused space beneath a flyover bridge into an innovative skate park.

An artist's impressions of the skate park.

Cities from around the world involving more than 500 entrants competed for the most creative use of space through design to create a 'playscape'.

Professional and student architects and designers were challenged to respond to the question 'which city is the most fun?' for the competition, organised by the Building Trust International.

Cape Town's urban design department entered its proposal for a skate park under the Mill Street bridge in the Gardens.

Garreth Bloor, mayoral committee member for economic, environmental and spatial planning, said: 'Unsafe or dysfunctional spaces are a serious concern for the city and we are pleased to show just how these public spaces can be made safe and recreational for the people of Cape Town through design.'

The competition also allowed the city to showcase its design potential before assuming the title of World Design Capital for 2014.

Bloor said construction of the skate park was expected to start in March, once the building plan submissions and other processes had been finalised.

Part of the Mill Street bridge site has been rejuvenated with the construction of a well-decorated MyCiTi bus station.

The winning team included Gerrit Strydom, Lwandile Gcume and Aline Cremon from the City of Cape Town.

The other members were Errol van Amsterdam and Marvin Fester from C2C Consulting Engineers, and Clive Crofton from Spyda Ramps.

Cape Argus


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