PICS: Cape Town's Foreshore Freeway Precinct bidder announced

Cape Town - It is all thumbs up for the Foreshore Freeway Precinct development in Cape Town, as the Stage 1 bid evaluation process has now been completed. 

The City of Cape Town reports the Bid Evaluation Committee has appointed Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (Pty) Ltd as the successful bidder.  

MDA's proposal was part of six futuristic, inclusive and green design proposals put forward in March 2017, in a project expected to overhaul the City of Cape Town's unfinished freeways in the Foreshore.  

SEE: 6 Possible ways Cape Town's unfinished freeway bridges will be transformed

The City says MDA’s proposal will see the completion of the unfinished sections of the freeways – these are the connections to and from Helen Suzman Boulevard and the connections to and from the N1 and N2 freeways. 

'Affordable housing' 

Added to that, the development proposes a combination of approximately 3 200 market-related residential units and a minimum of 450 affordable residential units.The core development area is City-owned land and is approximately 6 ha in size. 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 City owned property sites that the qualifying bidder has identified as part of the proposed development are:

  • Ebenezer road maintenance depot
  • MyCiTi Prestwich bus depot
  • Gallows Hill traffic centre
  • Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) parking garage.  

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The City says the qualifying bidder’s proposal is ecologically sensitive and addresses the impact of the development on the environment with water, energy, and lighting design solutions.

Grey water recycling, rainwater harvesting, and water treatment systems are included, as are measures to mitigate the impact of high winds and noise. 

The build costs of the core developments, according to the City, are estimated at R8,3 billion (2017 values), which includes the new highway infrastructure. The development is to be largely self-funding. 

Building of the project is expected to start in two years time in 2020, subject to the successful completion of the Stage 2 process and other key approval processes, says the City.

What the proposed new precinct development will look like: 

(Image: Supplied)

(Image: Supplied)

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