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Old March 29th, 2011, 11:08 AM   #1
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Newlands Sporting and Heritage Precinct Association

Not yet a project but long overdue.


An urban space centered around water

This is a shared vision of a great urban space of sporting venues, mills and breweries, all connected by the thread of water. This is the oldest and most significant place for recreation in Cape Town. It is an extraordinary natural and cultural landscape centered around water.
Newlands is best known for its rainfall and not surprisingly its brewing and rugby and cricket grounds. The sports stadia are amongst the oldest and best-known in the world. The Liesbeek River Valley is also the cradle of the brewing and milling industry, due to its high rainfall and quality water, with the first beer being brewed as long ago as the 1690s.
A collective vision

The aim of this investigative report is to describe an overarching vision for the precinct, rather than each landowner undertaking planning in isolation. This then provides a framework for individual actions within sub-precincts.
The study area for this project is approximately 33 ha in extent and its boundary runs along the Liesbeek River, including Josephine Mill, the Mill House, Newlands Terraces, Newlands Rugby Stadium, Kelvin Grove, Sahara Park Newlands Cricket Ground, Newlands Station, the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, South African Breweries and the Newlands Swimming Pool.


Newlands Recreation Zone

The Liesbeek River forms the green artery of Newlands. Cafés overhang the water’s edge. People stroll safely along the river and experience rejuvenation in nature.
A Village Green in front of the Breweries is opened up for community use – a market on the weekends, and open air concerts on Sunday evenings. Tourists visit the museums and stadia and picnic on the lawn in the shade of the trees. A band is playing and children are climbing trees. Visitors drink artisan beer and icy cold Newlands spring-water.
Water from the Newlands and Kommetjie springs wells up in fountains and is taken free by passers-by. The smell of fresh bread, baked with the stone-ground flour from the Josephine Mill is in the air.
Children visit the cricket and rugby stadia. With eyes wide as saucers, they hear the emulation of the crowd’s roar as they walk through the players’ tunnel, visit the waterwheel at Josephine Mill and learn about the river and the environment.
The Sports Science Institute conducts outreach programmes on the Village Green in the evenings. Newlands Swimming Pool has become a world class indoor aquatic centre. The picnic area at the swimming pool provides a link between Main Road Promenade and the River Walk.
The Recreation Zone becomes one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Cape Town. Walking maps and branded signage show the way. There is a boutique hotel and shops. A special train delivers tourists to an upgraded Newlands Station and a shuttle service takes people between the Precinct, Cavendish Square, the springs and hotels in the area.
Newlands hosts Cape Town’s own ‘Oktoberfest’ to celebrate beer and brewing in the Liesbeek Valley. Visitors can hear talks and see films on all aspects related to the Precinct – environment / heritage / brewing / milling / energy / sports / recreation / health.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 11:09 AM   #2
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Within the ZONE, SEVEN precincts with unique characteristics have been identified.

1. The River Park

Extending from the Newland’s swimming pool to the end of the rugby stadium. Full enjoyment of the riverine environment from picnic lawns at the aquatic centre to Japanese tea gardens in the Mill house.

2. The Gateway

A sense of arrival and a clear point of entry. The intersection at Main Road is improved, differentiated and made safe.

3. The Green

The existing cricket oval at SAB will be transformed into a securable public space offering a park-like experience and facilities for markets, picnics and public events.

4. The Promenade

A raised pedestrian walkway along Main Road will elevate the pedestrian above the road and engage the view of the mountains and the Green.

5. Station Link

This precinct includes the station and forecourt will become an appropriate point of arrival for tourism and sports fans. Completion of the Sahara Park stands with a commercial development bridging the railway.

6. Sports Link

The Sports Science Institute and Kelvin Grove will become connected through a redevelopment of the WP Cricket “B” field into a world class sporting and sports administration facility in collaboration with Cricket. Structured parking and a bridge over the railway line will reconnect what were once contiguous areas.

7. Collective Memory

Silent information, public art and markers to connect and contextualise the landmarks in the broader area including the springs, mills breweries and farms as well as the human story.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 11:11 AM   #3
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Give the space back to the community and invite all to share and play in the precinct. Put nature back at the centre and create a stage for enjoyment.

  • Drinking fountains to provide free, pure Newlands spring water.
  • The riverine environment made safe and inviting.
  • Water features including gragts and ponds in public spaces.
  • The water wheel at the Josephine Mill operating on gravity fed water.
  • The conservation and recycling of waste water from the brewing process will be used for irrigation of fields and trees

  • Partnership and collaboration with the Groote Schuur Community
  • Improvement District (GSCID) and Claremont City Improvement District (CCID).
  • Good lighting and security with a sense of community
  • Park-and-ride facilities and ample additional parking.
  • Mass transport bus-stop and improved station facilities.
  • A secure, pedestrian friendly environment.

  • World class rugby, cricket, swimming and sports science.
  • Unique public spaces and cohesive streetscapes.
  • Welcoming, clear and well signposted points of arrival.
  • Common and themed directional and informative signage.
  • Museums, sports clubs and conference venues.
  • Common informational and marketing documentation.
  • Brochures, web presence, media promotion. IN
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