City’s rental stock up for refurbishments

2018-07-12 06:01

The City of Cape Town has major upgrades on the cards for its Council Rental Units (CRUs), focusing on critical elements such as the external surfaces, structural integrity and upgrades to the communal areas.

The major project to upgrade 1258 staircases at City rental stock will start in the new financial year.

The upgrade will cost over R147m and forms part of the City’s Asset Improvement Plan. This improvement plan is guided by the housing estates’ visual condition assessment which was conducted in 2015/2016.

“The extensive upgrade project forms part of the City’s Asset Management Plan to improve the condition of the City’s rental stock units.

“The Council rental units are a vital part of the affordable residential accommodation continuum that provides homes to the poorest of the poor residents. The City owns approximately 50 000 rental units that are located across various areas of the metro.

“Some of the units were built as early as the 1940s and have since then been home to thousands of residents,” says Mayco member for assets and facilities management, Stuart Diamond.

The upgrade of council rental unit staircases has been prioritised under the structural integrity element, whereas the focus will be on upgrading precast staircases that have precast treads, stringers and landings.

The staircases selected for the upgrade project were evaluated based on their current condition­.

These staircases were assessed based on the visual assessment, giving a total score on a scale of three to four points.

Recent upgrades to the CRUs in Atlantis and in Hout Bay totalled R9m.

Major upgrades were made to the external facades of 128 blocks of rental units in Clarke’s Estate, Adriaanse, Nooitgedacht and Trinity Place.

New paint was used as a sealing agent to tend to the cracks on the walls. The paint was then sealed to prevent mould from forming in the interior walls, thus seeing to the environmental health of residents to avoid health issues. The total cost of the major upgrade project was in the region of R15m.

Just over R13m was spent in Heideveld, Duinefontein, Manenberg and Hanover Park where double-storey blocks of rental units in those areas also had a facelift.

As part of the upgrade, roof sheets, external walls, doors, door frames and window frames were also repainted.

The City of Cape Town has major upgrades on the cards for its Council rental units (CRUs), focusing on critical elements such as the external surfaces, structural integrity and upgrades to the communal areas. The major project to upgrade 1258 staircases at City rental stock will start in the new financial year.

The upgrade will cost over R147m and forms part of the City’s Asset Improvement Plan. This improvement plan is guided by the housing estates’ visual condition assessment which was conducted in 2015/2016.

“The extensive upgrade project forms part of the City’s Asset Management Plan to improve the condition of the City’s rental stock units. The Council rental units are a vital part of the affordable residential accommodation continuum that provides homes to the poorest of the poor residents. The City owns approximately 50 000 rental units that are located across various areas of the metro. Some of the units were built as early as the 1940s and have since then been home to thousands of residents,” says Mayco member for assets and facilities management, Stuart Diamond.

The upgrade of council rental unit staircases has been prioritised under the structural integrity element, whereas the focus will be on upgrading precast staircases that have precast treads, stringers and landings.

The staircases selected for the upgrade project were evaluated based on their current condition. These staircases were assessed based on the visual assessment, giving a total score on a scale of three to four points.

Recent upgrades to the CRUs in Atlantis and in Hout Bay totalled R9m.

Major upgrades were made to the external facades of 128 blocks of rental units in Clarke’s Estate, Adriaanse, Nooitgedacht and Trinity Place.

New paint was used as a sealing agent to tend to the cracks on the walls. The paint was then sealed to prevent mould from forming in the interior walls, thus seeing to the environmental health of residents to avoid health issues. The total cost of the major upgrade project was in the region of R15m.

Just over R13m was spent in Heideveld, Duinefontein, Manenberg and Hanover Park where double-storey blocks of rental units in those areas also had a facelift.

As part of the upgrade, roof sheets, external walls, doors, door frames and window frames were also repainted.

“While the City does all it can to maintain the external areas of the units, we ask tenants to alert us to elements that may pose a safety risk. We call upon residents to work with us by being our eyes on the ground and logging a service request should an element need attention,” says Diamond.

The City of Cape Town has major upgrades on the cards for its Council rental units (CRUs), focusing on critical elements such as the external surfaces, structural integrity and upgrades to the communal areas.

The major project to upgrade 1258 staircases at City rental stock will start in the new financial year.

The upgrade will cost over R147m and forms part of the City’s Asset Improvement Plan. This improvement plan is guided by the housing estates’ visual condition assessment which was conducted in 2015/2016.

“The extensive upgrade project forms part of the City’s Asset Management Plan to improve the condition of the City’s rental stock units. The Council rental units are a vital part of the affordable residential accommodation continuum that provides homes to the poorest of the poor residents. The City owns approximately 50 000 rental units that are located across various areas of the metro. Some of the units were built as early as the 1940s and have since then been home to thousands of residents,” says Mayco member for assets and facilities management, Stuart Diamond.

The upgrade of council rental unit staircases has been prioritised under the structural integrity element, whereas the focus will be on upgrading precast staircases that have precast treads, stringers and landings.

The staircases selected for the upgrade project were evaluated based on their current condition. These staircases were assessed based on the visual assessment, giving a total score on a scale of three to four points.

Recent upgrades to the CRUs in Atlantis and in Hout Bay totalled R9m.

New paint was used as a sealing agent to tend to the cracks on the walls. The paint was then sealed to prevent mould from forming in the interior walls, thus seeing to the environmental health of residents to avoid health issues. The total cost of the major upgrade project was in the region of R15m.

Just over R13m was spent in Heideveld, Duinefontein, Manenberg and Hanover Park where double-storey blocks of rental units in those areas also had a facelift.

As part of the upgrade, roof sheets, external walls, doors, door frames and window frames were also repainted.

The City of Cape Town has major upgrades on the cards for its Council rental units (CRUs), focusing on critical elements such as the external surfaces, structural integrity and upgrades to the communal areas.

The major project to upgrade 1258 staircases at City rental stock will start in the new financial year.

The upgrade will cost over R147m and forms part of the City’s Asset Improvement Plan. This improvement plan is guided by the housing estates’ visual condition assessment which was conducted in 2015/2016.

“The extensive upgrade project forms part of the City’s Asset Management Plan to improve the condition of the City’s rental stock units.

“The Council rental units are a vital part of the affordable residential accommodation continuum that provides homes to the poorest of the poor residents. The City owns approximately 50 000 rental units that are located across various areas of the metro.

“Some of the units were built as early as the 1940s and have since then been home to thousands of residents,” says Mayco member for assets and facilities management, Stuart Diamond.

The upgrade of council rental unit staircases has been prioritised under the structural integrity element, whereas the focus will be on upgrading precast staircases that have precast treads, stringers and landings­.

The staircases selected for the upgrade project were evaluated based on their current condition. These staircases were assessed based on the visual assessment, giving a total score on a scale of three to four points.

Recent upgrades to the CRUs in Atlantis and in Hout Bay totalled R9m.

Major upgrades were made to the external facades of 128 blocks of rental units in Clarke’s Estate, Adriaanse, Nooitgedacht and Trinity Place.

New paint was used as a sealing agent to tend to the cracks on the walls.

The paint was then sealed to prevent mould from forming in the interior walls, thus seeing to the environmental health of residents to avoid health issues.

The total cost of the major upgrade project was in the region of R15m.

Just over R13m was spent in Heideveld, Duinefontein, Manenberg and Hanover Park where double-storey blocks of rental units in those areas also had a facelift.

As part of the upgrade, roof sheets, external walls, doors, door frames and window frames were also repainted, says Diamond.

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