NO. 715/ 2009
02 NOVEMBER 2009
The City of Cape Town’s Spatial Planning and Urban Design Department were requested by the Planning and Environment Portfolio Committee (PEPCO) to undertake a pre-feasibility study on the Athlone Power Station Site to assist Council in considering the future use and redevelopment of the site.
National Treasury’s Neighbourhood Partnership Development Grant provided the funding for the appointment of a multi-disciplinary consulting team. The consulting team, in conjunction with a broad City Project Management Team, have made excellent progress in their examination of the site to date.
The project has been divided into a number of stages and to date the team has completed the first three of these stages. Included in this work is extensive background research and the collection of base information on a very complex site. This information has allowed the team to progress to the fourth and fifth stages of the project: drafting the scope of works for the decommissioning of the power station and scenario development for the redevelopment of the site as a whole.
These proposed scenarios have been informed by the background research, City policy and focused engagements with a wide range of City departments. The decision has been taken to work with a range of scenarios that form a continuum from the ‘do nothing’ to the ‘start anew’ approach. The scenarios act as a vehicle for testing various options with the result that the final recommendation will most likely be a combination of various scenarios.
The scenarios will go through an extensive testing process to evaluate them in terms of technical viability, transport compatibility, infrastructure capacity, City requirements, social impact, property development trends, economic viability and environmental sustainability to mention but a few.
Public participation will be integral to the scenario testing. It is envisaged that the public will be engaged next year (2010) through the subcouncils and ward forums, with additional engagement with the development industry, academia and other specific interest groups. The development scenarios will be used as the basis for engagement with the public.
Once the scenario testing is complete, the reporting stage of the project will commence. It is at this stage that a recommendation will be made on the redevelopment of the site. Concurrently, the scope of works for the decommissioning tender will be finalised as it will be possible to tailor it to the preferred development scenario.
Alderman Clive Justus, Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, said: “As the project has progressed it has become apparent that it offers the City of Cape Town an opportunity to showcase the practical application of a range of City policy initiatives aimed at a more sustainable Cape Town. The redevelopment of the Athlone Power Station site offers the City the opportunity to reinvent a strategic public asset that will facilitate urban regeneration and innovation”.
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
SENIOR PROFESSIONAL OFFICER, SPATIAL PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN DEPARTMENT
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 2669 OR CELL: 082 41 4110