Projects

 

Current Projects

Marikana Phase 1

  • Client: ALSA Develops Marikana Pty Ltd
  • Date: 2008/09, ongoing
  • Scope: Integrated Housing Development of approximately 5,600 social rental and medium income sale units and facilities.

Protea Glen Projects

  • Client: Clidet 900 Pty Ltd
  • Date: 2010, on-going
  • Scope: Project Management

 

Future Projects

Marikana Extensions phase 2, 3 and 4

Soweto

Msunduzi, in KwaZulu-Natal

 

Completed Projects

Marikana, Rustenburg

  • Client: Rustenburg Local Municipality & ALSA Pty Ltd
  • Date: 2007/08
  • Scope: Spatial Development Framework for Marikana to be incorporated into Rustenburg’s Integrated Development Plan.

Mitchells Plain, Western Cape

  • Client: Cape Town Community Housing Company
  • Date: 2007/8
  • Scope: Project Management of amendment to development plan

Burgersfort, Limpopo

  • Client: Anglo Coal
  • Date: 2006
  • Scope: Feasibility study & proposal for energy efficient urban development

 

Marikana Phase 1

Preparation for the development of Marikana Phase 1 has commenced. This highly ambitious project consists of approximately 5,600 energy-efficient housing units. The project is to be a show-case for socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sustainable development and innovative financial modelling and urban management.

Kuiper Compagnons, based in the Netherlands, has designed a conceptual layout for the proposal, based on:

  • a detailed situational analysis of the area,
  • a feasibility study,
  • and the ambitions of the municipality.

In the current proposal, approximately 10% are subsidised units, 36% are social rental units and 54% are sale units. These units will be offered to buyers earning between R1,500 and R15,000 per month. A wide range of housing typologies is being proposed, from 3-storey walk-ups to row and perimeter housing as well as semi-detached and free-standing units.


The aim will be to provide sustainable neighbourhoods that are socially, economically and environmentally appropriate.  This means that:

  • they will be of a high enough density to minimise service costs and to adequately support schools, churches, sports fields, shops and similar community facilities. Compact urbanisation is much more conducive to energy efficiency and the prevention of pollution than may be achieved by just  buildings.
  • streets will be designed as vibrant  social spaces, so that a living and interactive urban ambience is achieved for people occupying small dwellings.
  • as far as possible,  buildings will be arranged in orientations to enable optimum passive heating and cooling.
  • effort will be put into diversifying economic activities so that there are employment opportunities in addition to/after mining.

The main ideals and ambitions for the development are:

  • To improve living standards,
  • To create a compact town model with one centre and multiple sub-centres,
  • Diversification of the public space, not just streets,
  • To create a green framework that improves the quality of neighbourhoods,
  • To preserve existing trees and extend green frameworks using indigenous species,
  • To create outdoor space for people to meet and enjoy,
  • To prevent urban neighbourhoods with lack of identity and orientation,
  • To create opportunities for playing,
  • To create infrastructure for education and opportunities for women in a male dominated area,
  • To use the existing infrastructure, improve the quality and extend the network,
  • To use existing motorised and pedestrian routes and extend the network.

GAPP has been appointed to detail the urban design framework, following which three architectural firms will commence with design.

Other consultants appointed for the project include Kwezi V3 civil engineers, Eksteen and Le Roux electrical engineers, Plan Centre Town Planners and Nemai Environmental and Social Consultants.

Township Establishment is expected to be completed by the end of 2009 and building should commence early in 2010. ALSA is working with Kagiso Urban Management who is providing project management services as well as an urban management programme.

On this project ALSA is working in close collaboration with two of the largest housing corporations in the Netherlands. Links: www.ymere.nl and www.staedion.nl.

 

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Protea Glen Projects

ALSA is currently project managing three separate proposed developments in Protea Glen, Soweto. The client has purchased in excess of 9 hectares of land for the development of approximately 445 sectional title and rental units.

Orange Terrace
The Orange Terrace SDP has been completed. This development caters for people who want to purchase high quality 1 and 2 bed units in Protea Glen. The 110 sectional title units, each with individual parking bays, will be located in a security complex which has around the clock manned security at the entrance gate and intercoms to all the units. The complex has a variety of play areas, drying yards and a communal braai area.

Orange View
This development will consist of approximately 173 units in a spaciously set up complex with areas for recreation and communal gathering. The development consists of 1 and 2 bedroom units. The focus is on affordable and energy efficient units in either the rental or bonded market. The development is in a security complex and ample parking is provided for.

Orange Mews
An exciting development of 162 rental units neighbouring a large, currently being constructed shopping mall. This prime site is located in a well-developed and popular part of Protea Glen and is close to a wide range of community and commercial facilities. The development is targeted at people earning R10.000 to R15.000/ month who would like to rent a 2 bedroom apartment in a secured and managed complex.

 

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Marikana Phase 2, 3 and 4

Following Phase 1, Marikana Phase 2, 3 and 4 will be developed. Township Establishment Procedures have yet to take place. The focus will be on socially integrated, environmentally responsible design for low- and medium income housing.

 

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Soweto

ALSA and Madito are in the process of establishing a company, the main business of which shall be to acquire and develop land in Soweto for commercial, retail and residential purposes. ALSA and Kagiso Urban Management are to provide project management services for these projects. The developments will incorporate principles of energy-efficient design and innovative financing solutions.

 

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Msunduzi

The project area is adjacent to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and one of the fastest developing urban nodes in South Africa.

A tract of land has been identified for a mixed use development including integrated residential housing from social, gap and lower middle income to upper middle income units, including retail and commercial nodes, educational and social infrastructure, and community facilities.

Of the total land extent of 178 hectares, the planning will allow for a substantial portion to be set aside for public open spaces and green lung areas, sport and recreational areas, and a large belt around an existing river and dam on the property will be retained as a natural sanctuary for flora and fauna.

The vision for this development is to create a space where living in a sustainable manner is easy, affordable and attractive, offering residents a green, healthy and safe living environment, and providing increased economic activity within their own community.

Housing:

Approximately 4,000 energy-efficient housing units will be built, incorporating a mix of subsidised units, social rental units and for-sale units catering for buyers earning between R1,500 and R15,000 per month.

A wide range of housing types will be offered, from 3-storey walk-ups to row and perimeter housing as well as semi-detached and free-standing units. 

  • they will be of a high enough density to minimise service costs and to adequately support schools, churches, sports fields, shops and similar community facilities
  • streets will be designed as vibrant  social spaces, so that a living and interactive urban ambience is achieved for people occupying small dwellings.
  • buildings will be oriented to enable optimum passive heating and cooling.

Unique to this development will be the establishment of Ashburton Eden College, which will provide free or subsidised FET level tuition to residents in the greater area.

Students receive their tuition by working in enterprises owned by Eden College. The businesses are based on campus or within the local community, and provide both workplace tuition and business experience. By diversifying economic activities in the area, they also widen employment opportunities for the community.

The curriculum will focus on developing a local base of trade skills, and on creating entrepreneurial know-how to bolster the development of key sectors identified in the IDP of the local Camperdown (Mkambathini) Municipality as being strategically important to the area. These sectors include:

  • tourism
  • agriculture
  • commerce and industry
  • conservation
  • education

Please refer to www.edencampus.org for more information on the first campus established in the Eastern Cape.

The project will be developed in partnership with EDEN CORPORATION.

EDEN was specifically founded to identify, create and pursue business opportunities which deliver social and economic benefit to communities in South Africa, whilst adhering to the principles of sustainable business practises to return a profitable triple bottom line.

In this project, EDEN will be the “sustainability” partner, ensuring that the project leaves a lasting legacy by having contributed to building a community that is socially strong, environmentally sustainable, economically viable and well managed.  

EDEN will also be the founder and long term custodian of the Ashburton Eden Campus.

 

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Marikana, Rustenburg

Spatial Development Framework

Marikana was developed in response to high population growth (largely a result of mining operations) and the urgent need for affordable housing in the Rustenburg area.

Although the greater Rustenburg area, and the mining precincts of Marikana are experiencing rapid economic expansion and increased urbanisation, there was no organised and coherent development plan.  Working in close collaboration, ALSA and the Rustenburg Local Municipality developed a spatial development framework that anticipates future mine-related growth as well as allowing Marikana to maximise its locational advantages adjacent to Rustenburg.

The goal:

To develop an integrated city that meets sustainability requirements, providing residents with a green, healthy and safe living environment, and increased economic activity in their community.

The SDF provides the framework for the upgrading of the existing Marikana CBD, the creation of a light industrial area, and the development of approximately 20 000 houses and related social amenities within the next 10-15 years.

Marikana Rustenburg PDF

 

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Mitchell’s Plain, Western Cape

Approximately 10ha of land in Mitchell’s Plain near Cape Town were to be redesigned to accommodate a mixed, integrated housing development including a mix of subsidised housing, affordable housing and open market sales.

A wide variety of housing typologies were to be accommodated, ranging from single storey free-standing units and semi-detached double storey units to row housing and 3-storey walk-ups.

The shift in housing categories and typologies meant that the erven needed to be increased or altered in size, and re-oriented to allow for energy-saving technologies to be employed.

ALSA provided project management services for the revised urban plan.

A number of amendments were made:

  • Spatial design and the creation of “clusters”
    The roads of the approved plan had a mainly north/south orientation, with the erven consequently  facing east/west, which made it difficult to build dwellings that are both comfortable for occupants and more energy efficient.
    Furthermore, the previous approved plan had a number of deep blocks that did not accommodate the efficiency of two erven between streets, and thus required substantial use of panhandles.
    To solve these challenges, erven were redesigned as clusters of between 4 and 6 erven with access to a public cul-de-sac.
  • Creating visual variety and urban distinctiveness
    The previous plan, while rational, was somewhat monotonous in its urban layout. Similarly, the erf size and shape was very consistent. Both characteristics projected a dull and undifferentiated urban scene.
  1. To alleviate this, three main strategies were adopted:
  2. The clustering of houses around small-scaled spaces adds greatly to the richness of urban space. There are 5 different kinds of clusters.
  3. A diverse range of erf shapes and house types have been incorporated, offering wider individual choice for residents, and a lively townscape.
  4. The inclusion of three higher density areas creates local uniqueness.
  • Building a connected community and a sense of “neighbourhood
    The previous plan had few spatial attributes to support social activity or integration.

The amended plan attempts to improve this situation in a number of ways:

  1. The park has been augmented to create a larger recreational area. This serves the whole community, particularly the needs of the highest-density section.
  2. Certain roads have been changed into pedestrian, green spaces. This not only reinforces the recreational area but also establishes a “green spine” which extends through the development from south to north.
  3. Much effort has been put into providing a pleasant and vibrant public environment, using trees extensively, and by putting stoeps on dwellings, which make the streets a part of the communal open space.
  4. The cluster arrangement also supports the growth of small-scale community units.
  5. Some of the units, scattered over the area, will be subsidised. This will encourage the beneficiaries to upgrade their houses and will enrich the social mix. The subsidised units will be merely smaller versions of those not subsidised and are thus visually in harmony.

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Burgersfort, Limpopo

As a result of large-scale expansion in the mining industry in Limpopo Province, the town of Burgersfort is expanding to accommodate thousands of new residents.

Anglo Coal, a primary mining company in the area, commissioned ALSA to conduct a pre-feasibility study for an estimated 2,000 – 2,500 energy-efficient houses within the gap-market in Burgersfort. The study was commissioned in recognition of the company’s obligation to have a viable and sustainable plan in place to accommodate the eventual closure of its mines in the area in approximately 30 years.

The overriding intention is to develop socially, environmentally and economically sustainable housing in the gap-market income category for the mining community in Burgersfort.

The study included the following elements:

  • Initiation of ideas for gap-market housing in Burgersfort
  • An initial urban development layout
  • Basic design of energy-efficient housing for the gap-market
  • Investigation into the availability of urban development infrastructures such as waste treatment, water & electricity supply, etc
  • Identification of availability of raw material for building in an energy-efficient manner (e.g. secondary wood, Texolite)
  • Identification of soft loan arrangements

Based on existing information and studies, including a site survey and an existing framework for greater Burgersfort, ALSA proposed an initial conceptual plan. The plan is intended to be a founding document to stimulate further inputs and discussion on how to approach the goal of creating a master plan for Burgersfort.

In this framework, an explosion of new development, generated by the new mines, could be adopted and guided into a sustainable society that remains when the mines will have closed (after approximately 30 years).

 

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