Newlands Cricket Stadium site to receive R450 million mixed-use development

Construction is expected to start in March 2017 (over three years) and will include a five-storey office building (as part of a 14,000 sqm office park), auditorium, an indoor cricket centre, a school, museum, shops, restaurants and parking garages  while the spectator capacity will be unchanged.  In 2007, the city’s spatial planning, environment and land use management committee approved the rezoning of the so-called B-field north of the stadium to allow for a 285-bedroom hotel. This approval was amended in 2009 to a 240-room hotel.

According to iol the City of Cape Town recently approved the rezoning of the property from community and transport zones to a general business use zone, removing all previous conditions which restricted the use of the stadium to cricket only.

Proposed changes to existing buildings include:

  • adding four levels of offices and a two-storey parking garage to the Presidents Pavilion
  • converting three floors of suites in the Presidents Pavilion to offices
  • relocating the Presidents Suite to the northern pavilion
  • internal north-south access lane running along the railway line edge would be restored by routing it under the railway stand
  • minor upgrades to the two entrances and constructing a pedestrian link from the stadium over the railway line are also in the pipeline.

The height of the new buildings and renovations would not exceed 25m.”The layout has taken into account the need to respect (mountain) views, significant tree lines, visual penetration of the stadium buildings viewed from outside through to the pitch and the green and shaded character,” said a council report.

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Source : Cape Argus

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