After 40 years the unfinished bridges in Cape Town will be completed. This is what they will look like…

City of Cape Town has announced the qualifying bidder for Foreshore Freeway Precinct development and released pictures of what the new area will look like.


The appointed Bid Evaluation Committee, having now completed the Stage 1 bid evaluation process, has announced that the qualifying bidder in respect of the Request for Proposals for the Development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct is Mitchell Du Plessis Projects (Pty) Ltd, trading as Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (MDA). The City has notified the bidders of the outcome of the evaluation process earlier today, 12 February 2018. Read more below:

The City’s appointed Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC) has now concluded the first stage of the bid evaluation process for the Development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct.

Seven proposals were received from the private sector by the submission date of 9 February 2017. 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 multi-disciplinary BEC who considered the proposals against a list of evaluation criteria prescribed in the Request for Proposal (RFP)documents.

The deliberations of the BEC throughout the evaluation process were observed by external independent auditors. The Stage 1 evaluation process has now been concluded and the BEC has announced that Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (MDA is the qualifying bidder for the development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct).

MDA’s proposal entails, among others, the completion of the unfinished sections of the freeways – these are the connections to and from Helen Suzman Boulevard; and the connections to and from the N1 and N2 freeways. Furthermore, the development proposes a combination of approximately 3 200 market-related residential units and a minimum of 450 affordable residential units.

Land that has been identified for development

The core development area is City-owned land, and is approximately 6 ha 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 (CTICC) parking garage. All of these properties are owned by the City.

The proposal explained

MDA proposes to complete the unfinished highways, and to finance or cross-subsidise the new roads and affordable residential units through the development of upmarket and mid-market residential units.

It is proposed that the market-related residential units be located in 11 new tower blocks with heights ranging between 63 m, 123 m, and 143 m with views of the mountain, sea, and harbour. The towers will extend across four precincts within the Foreshore area on the strip of land between the new freeways.

According to the proposal, the different heights and location of the towers will ensure that the iconic views of Table Mountain and the sea from the harbour and public spaces are retained.

The location of the proposed four precincts is as follows:

  • the CTICC parking garage;
  • the area between the existing freeways and Heerengracht and DF Malan Street;
  • the area between the existing freeways and DF Malan and Jan Smuts Streets; and
  • the area between the existing freeways and Jan Smuts and Christiaan Barnard Streets.

The tower blocks will rest on podiums which will also partially support the new freeway viaducts.

The new viaducts or fly-overs will be higher than the existing freeways. According to the proposal, this is to provide enough space, natural light and airflow for the development in the podiums. The proposed podiums beneath the highways will accommodate the bulk of the affordable residential units, parking bays, convenience and speciality shops, retail space, and community facilities.

In this way, the space under the highways will be transformed into a lively urban environment.

Part of the proposal is also to build another 10 residential buildings on the northern edge closest to the harbour under or between the existing east-bound freeways between DF Malan and Christiaan Barnard Streets. These buildings will host affordable residential units.

Importantly, the qualifying bidder’s proposal is ecologically sensitive and addresses the impact of the development on the environment with water, energy, and lighting design solutions. Grey water recycling, rainwater harvesting, and water treatment systems are included, as are measures to mitigate the impact of high winds and noise.

The build costs of the core development are estimated at R8,3 billion (2017 rand values), which includes the new highway infrastructure. The development is to be largely self-funding.

It is anticipated that the building work could commence in 2020, subject to the successful completion of the Stage 2 process, and all mandatory property disposal, development and other statutory processes, and approvals. Given the scale of the proposed development, it will take at least a decade to come to fruition.

What is next

The conclusion of the Stage 1 process does not confirm MDA as the successful bidder in this process.

In the next step of this RFP process, negotiations to conclude an agreement between MDA and the City will commence as soon as practically feasible after expiry of the period provided for bidders to lodge any disputes, objections, complaints and queries in terms of Regulations 49 and 50 of the Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulations.

The agreement will stipulate the conditions and requirements to be followed by MDA during the second stage.

During this time, MDA will have to finalise an investment plan and secure the financing for the project, determine the phasing and dependencies, and refine their technical parameters, among others. The final award to MDA will be subject to the successful conclusion of the Stage 2 process.

The Stage 2 process will inform the planning and approval processes, as well as formal public consultation processes, that will take place in accordance with all applicable legislation and City policies.

Sources: City of Cape Town
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  1. Carol Brehm

    February 15, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    All these negative comments. I like it. Bringing more people to live in the City will make it safer and boost the economy.


    February 18, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Im not a city planner guru, but in building project management and studied Smart City Development in the UK and very protective of my home City. We need to learn and respect International development and current research from the the present and past. Firstly, these high rise buildings proposed, are way too high,which will scar and block the views of Table Mountain and change the dynamic of the City. There is serious research and action taking place in Europe concerning accelerated winds below skyscrapers or for that matter, high rise buildings caused by a down draft effect, which even topples trucks. One can imagine how this would be exacerbated by the Cape South Easter winds the Mother City has,! See research into this effect on Let alone climate change, where the research has proven that the sea level will rise and claim back shoreline. I understand Cape Town is progressive in terms of being a “Smart City”, but plenty more consideration is required for Cape Towns beauty and environment to be upheld, and will require more in-depth research including more community engagement with all stakeholders, in order to plan better, and not only focus on $$$$. How about looking at catching more of the crystal clear ground mountain water from water seepage, that is been wasted into Table Bay, and make fresh water capture a priority, and then incorporate it with the plans from there on? Something more sustainable and great for longer term outcomes.

  3. Angie David

    February 19, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Omg! How absolutely awful!!! Will destroy face of Cape Town city completely!!!

  4. Milton Koumbatis

    February 20, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Its either these high risers or no end to the traffic chaos at the junction of the N1 and the turnoffs to the Waterfront and Green Point.There will never be any public funds to finish the fly-overs as things stand. I will buy units in these buildings as the views will be spectacular. Cape Town will still be beautiful!

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