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Urban Design

Redevelopment of Tafelberg School, Sea Point Main Road, Sea Point,

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

CLIENT: Western Cape Government, Department of Transport and Public Works

This project deals with the prospective redevelopment of the provincial property holdings located along the Main Road in Sea Point East. This precinct is part of a portfolio of properties with which the Cape Town Central City Regeneration Programme (CTCCRP) of the Western Cape Government (WCG) aims to achieve the transformation of their holdings to mixed-use, safe, pedestrian-orientated spaces, whilst unlocking commercial development opportunities and catalytic properties of the precinct.


The precinct is the site of the previous Tafelberg High School site and is a significant cultural and historic asset within its local context. The project provides an urban design conceptual framework, tests development scenarios and provides clear urban design guidelines and fixes for future development.


The concept for the site is a contextually sensitive, high-density mixed-use development. It protects and celebrates significant and unique heritage features, landscape features and views. It makes a significant contribution to the public realm through the provision of new multifunctional green spaces on Main Road, and promotes a high quality environment on its public edges. The concept proposes increased pedestrian permeability through the site to reinstates a more finely-grained pedestrian network.  The selected development scenario provides a total floor space figure of 19 516m2.


Finally, the procedural land rights implications of development in the precinct are set out to provide prospective developers with an understanding of applicable development parameters and processes. This covers the legislative context, applicable legislation, and the implications of the current and future zoning schemes.

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