Valkenberg gets facelift

2016-03-08 06:00
Major renovations at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital in Observatory are underway.

Major renovations at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital in Observatory are underway.

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A famous facility in the Cape is showing a new face to the public, while even more work is being planned.

The first phase of a R146m project of the Department of Transport and Public Works for the provincial Department of Health to restore historical buildings and build new facilities at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital has been completed.

Valkenberg Hospital is situated on a 29-hectare site between the Liesbeek and Black rivers in Observatory.

With effect from 1 April, this upgraded facility will boast 360 beds (145 beds in the forensics unit and 215 for acute admissions).

The building boasts a passive ventilation system with Boyle ventilators.

These features help to give effect to the provincial government’s 110% green initiative. Access for people with disabilities has now been provided in all the historic buildings.

It has significant historic and cultural value, with the hospital having been established in 1891.

The department is committed to providing expanded public works programme (EPWP) work opportunities and to developing emerging contractor businesses in its undertakings. All targets for labour in the Phase one contract were met and R10m was spent on targeted enterprises.

In addition, a total of 29 beneficiaries received technical training in carpentry.

The work completed on the Valkenberg revitalisation project is testimony to the department’s track record of delivering quality infrastructure on time and within budget.

Phase two started in February and is expected to be completed by March next year. This phase includes a new entrance forecourt, new electrical reticulation and a new power supply, new bulk water mains, new roads and parking and landscaping.

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