Love it or loathe it, the Cape Town Foreshore Freeway Precinct rejuvenation project has certainly stimulated public debate. The winning bid for the R8.3 billion redevelopment has been awarded to Mitchell du Plessis Associates (MDA), with construction set to commence by October 2020.
MDA’s proposal includes completion of Cape Town’s (in)famous ‘unfinished highway’, including connections to Helen Suzman Boulevard as well as existing freeways. It also entails around 3 200 market-related residential units in 11 new tower blocks (the tallest of which will stand at 143m), and a minimum of 450 ‘affordable’ residential units across 10 buildings.
‘We are undertaking the momentous task of reshaping an iconic but underutilised precinct on the northern edge of the Cape Town CBD,’ says Brett Herron, the mayco member for transport. In an interview on CapeTalk radio, he explained that ‘the separation of the elevated freeways and two new viaducts will separate the traffic on the ground … to the traffic flowing straight onto the N1 and N2’, adding that it will be developed incrementally, much like Century City and the Waterfront.
According to the City of Cape Town, the 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’.
Construction is expected to take place over 10 years.