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Hatfield urban renewal project, Gauteng

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Name of the project and location
Hatfield urban renewal project, Gauteng.

Project description
The project includes a consolidation of seven core properties, which are situated in the street block bounded by Hilda street to the east, Burnett street to the south, Festival street to the west and the railway line to the north.

The first phase of the development will provide 693 residential units, 4 000 m2 retail space and 839 parking bays, all within easy walking distance to the University of Pretoria. While the development will provide upmarket student accommodation, more permanent residents will combat the seasonal nature of students and encourage a 24-hour functioning urban precinct. Residents will enter a safe environment where they can gain access to the secure foyer to their apartments by means of lifts from a two-level super-basement parking area.

The design philosophy is based on a convergence of pedestrian routes that lead to and from main existing destinations such as the University of Pretoria and the Hatfield central business district. The project should benefit from its close proximity to the proposed Gautrain station, serviced by means of planned pedestrian links with the Gautrain station.

The urban design will make use of lighting, street furniture, planting and water features to enhance the urban areas.

Value
The first phase of the project has a total estimated project value of R280-million.

Duration
The buildings are expected to come on stream on a phased basis between August 2007 and March 2008.

Breakdown of main contracts
None stated.

Client
City Property Administration.

Latest developments
The project has started, with demolition recently completed and excavation under way.

Participants
Studio 3 Architects (architect), Interdesign Landscape Architects (landscape architect), Term Project Management (project management), Storm Sciocatti (auantity surveyor), WSP (structural/civil engineer), Claasen Auret (electrical engineer), Grossman, Pape & Associates (geotechnical engineer), Infragen Consulting Engineers (traffic engineers), Van Blommestein & Associates (town planner), Buckley & Strydom (land surveyor) and Chimera (fire protection).

Will any structural steel be used and, if so, how much?
Not stated.

On budget and on time?
Not stated.

Contact details for project information
City Property Administration, Hannelie Turner, tel (012) 319 8746, fax (012) 319 8812 or email hannelie@cityprop.co.za.

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