CAPE TOWN, February 12 – The City of Cape Town on Monday announced that Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (MDA) have been chosen as the winning bid for the redevelopment of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct, which includes the unsightly unfinished highway marring Cape Town’s skyline.
The City said MDA had been selected from seven initial proposals which had been submitted.
MDA’s proposal entails, among others, the completion of the unfinished sections of the freeways, including the connections to and from Helen Suzman Boulevard, and the connections to and from the N1 and N2 freeways.
Furthermore, the proposed development includes a combination of approximately 3,200 market-related residential units and a minimum of 450 affordable residential units.
The build costs of the core development are estimated at R8,3 billion, which includes the new highway infrastructure. The development is to be largely self-funding, the City added.
The City said that the seven proposals were received from the private sector by February 9 and after an initial screening for responsiveness, six proposals were exhibited in the Civic Centre in March last year. The public was invited to express a preference as stipulated in terms of the proposal call. These six proposals have subsequently been evaluated by a multidisciplinary Bid Evaluation Committee, which considered the proposals against a list of evaluation criteria prescribed in the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents.
“The core development area is City-owned land and is approximately six hectares in size. It is located under and between the existing foreshore freeway viaducts between the northern edge of the central business district (CBD) and the Cape Town Harbour.
“The other sites that the qualifying bidder has identified as part of their proposed Foreshore Freeway Precinct development are the Ebenezer road maintenance depot, the MyCiTi Prestwich bus depot, the Gallows Hill traffic centre, and the Cape Town International Convention Centre parking garage. All of these properties are owned by the City,” the City said.
– African News Agency (ANA)