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Old November 3rd, 2008, 05:09 PM   #101
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Old November 3rd, 2008, 06:08 PM   #102
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Old November 3rd, 2008, 08:14 PM   #103
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Old November 4th, 2008, 11:58 PM   #104
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CTP wants to put entire railway station underground

Cape Town Partnership 2008 Annual Report

By Anél Powell

MORE than 150 000 people could be living in the central city within the next 10 years, the Cape Town station could go underground, with subterranean lines all the way to Woodstock, and the historical Camissa River could be transformed into a viable water link between Table Mountain and the sea if an ambitious multibillion-rand strategy to rejuvenate the area is realised.

The Cape Town Partnership's (CTP) central city development strategy was announced at a meeting at which its annual report was discussed yesterday.

With a year to go to its 10th anniversary, the CTP has developed a strategy that would encourage a more "integrated and co-ordinated" response to private and public investment in the city.

Its chief executive, Andrew Boraine, said the strategy was a working document that required public participation and consultation. It would be formalised into a delivery plan by March.

The strategy has five key outcomes that could be achieved in the next 10 years.

Boraine said appropriate densification and housing opportunities would bring people back into the city centre. The strategy aimed to triple the number of inner-city residents from 55 000 to 150 000 by 2018.

"Densification does not necessarily mean high-rise."

There would be 35 to 150 residential units to a hectare and at least 20% of these would be affordable homes.

The city would follow "best use" rather than "best price" practices, Boraine said.

The R400-million upgrade of the Cape Town station is under way. Second-phase possibilities include sinking below ground level some or all of the railway lines to the Woodstock station. This would allow for the equivalent of 35 city blocks of land east of the station to be used for affordable housing, office space or public open spaces.

Boraine said land needed to be reclaimed to allow for further growth. It was proposed that this would also be achieved by dividing the city into 20 neighbourhoods with different height, building form, streets and land use mixes.
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Old November 24th, 2008, 03:59 PM   #105
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Cape Town station to get piece of 2010 pie

24 November 2008, 15:35

Cape Town Station will be transformed into a retail and entertainment hub by 2010, with a R480-million upgrade of shops and informal trading areas.

In a presentation to the city's Good Hope subcouncil, Intersite's Pierre Cronje said public/private partnerships were needed to build a new "creative Cape Town Station" of an international standard. "We need to upgrade for 2010, but also for beyond."

Cronje said R480m had already been approved for the 2010 priority projects. These included upgrades of the station deck precinct, the retail outlets and informal trading areas.

According to a survey of commuter needs, informal traders should only be in designated areas, the station should offer better quality eateries with restaurants for families, all alcohol outlets should be closed and tourism-related activities should be based at the station.

Cronje said 60 percent of commuter and shoppers moving through the station were not spending money there. The station forecourt precinct would include formal retail activities, more technology shops and recreational facilities.

The Strand Street precinct would have convenience shops for commuters who have little time for shopping. There would also be two accessible ticket offices.

Cronje said shop fronts on Strand Street were already being demolished and the new shops would be ready by April or May. Shops on the Old Marine Drive precinct would be used by long-distance commuters and tourists using the airport/rail link. There would also be medical facilities.

The station deck would be reserved for informal trading, but with lockable permanent stalls. None of the traders already working on the station deck would be asked to move. There would also be some office space on the deck. Cape Town Tourism would have an office at the station.

Good Hope subcouncil chair JP Smith said plans to take the railway lines underground would change the flow of the city. It would also recover substantial office and retail space.
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Old November 24th, 2008, 05:30 PM   #106
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Cape Town Station will be transformed into a retail and entertainment hub by 2010, with a R480-million upgrade of shops and informal trading areas.

In a presentation to the city's Good Hope subcouncil, Intersite's Pierre Cronje said public/private partnerships were needed to build a new "creative Cape Town Station" of an international standard. "We need to upgrade for 2010, but also for beyond."

Cronje said R480m had already been approved for the 2010 priority projects. These included upgrades of the station deck precinct, the retail outlets and informal trading areas.

According to a survey of commuter needs, informal traders should only be in designated areas, the station should offer better quality eateries with restaurants for families, all alcohol outlets should be closed and tourism-related activities should be based at the station.

Cronje said 60 percent of commuter and shoppers moving through the station were not spending money there. The station forecourt precinct would include formal retail activities, more technology shops and recreational facilities.

The Strand Street precinct would have convenience shops for commuters who have little time for shopping. There would also be two accessible ticket offices.

Cronje said shop fronts on Strand Street were already being demolished and the new shops would be ready by April or May. Shops on the Old Marine Drive precinct would be used by long-distance commuters and tourists using the airport/rail link. There would also be medical facilities.

The station deck would be reserved for informal trading, but with lockable permanent stalls. None of the traders already working on the station deck would be asked to move. There would also be some office space on the deck. Cape Town Tourism would have an office at the station.

Good Hope subcouncil chair JP Smith said plans to take the railway lines underground would change the flow of the city. It would also recover substantial office and retail space.
ha ! i told u it would cost R500 million even when everybody was saying R90 million. my uncle says there is no shortage of money!!
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Upmarket shops to line updated station precinct

By Lindsay Dentlinger

Commuters can expect a new-look Cape Town station by April next year, with a range of new shops along Strand Street and the reorganisation of both the informal traders and the long-distance bus rank.

A total of R480 million will be spent in the first phase of the long-term overhaul, and Metrorail will replace its entire fleet over 15 years.

Intersite property manager Pierre Cronjé told the Good Hope sub-council yesterday that private-sector partnership was key to the total revamp of the station. "The current situation has reached functional obsolescence," he said.

The revamp would extend beyond 2010, but certain major features would be completed by March of that year.

Cronjé said the liquor outlet at the station would be closed and more upmarket retail facilities and restaurants opened in line with the results of a public perception survey.

In the coming year, the focus will be on the station deck where permanent kiosks will be built for informal traders.

New ticketing offices and ablution facilities in the main station building were on the cards, and Cronjé said Intersite also wanted tourism information offices to be reintroduced.

Sub-council chairman JP Smith said the city wanted to see the outcome of investigations into whether the rail lines out of the city could be sunk underground to free up space and create better linkages within the city.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 09:09 AM   #109
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nice, I might be one of the first SSC members outside CT to feel the new station come April
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nice, I might be one of the first SSC members outside CT to feel the new station come April
more like April 2010
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 09:16 AM   #111
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Can't believe they are FINALLY upgrading this station...Hope it lasts though and doesn't require too much maintenance. If only they can do something about that horrible GA bus station. It's gonna look terrible between an upgraded station and redeveloped grand parade
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more like April 2010

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Upmarket shops to line updated station precinct

By Lindsay Dentlinger

Commuters can expect a new-look Cape Town station by April next year, with a range of new shops along Strand Street and the reorganisation of both the informal traders and the long-distance bus rank.
Ouch, I guess this fooled me but I should have also thougth that these development can't be done is such a shrt span of time.
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Ouch, I guess this fooled me but I should have also thougth that these development can't be done is such a shrt span of time.
yip. they're being optimistic
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Final Design: Station Square 2010

The Station Square will become an important and active public square for the Station and the whole of Cape Town.

Unlike the current situation, the Station Square will be a place where people meet, wait for family and friends or enjoy their lunch. In the new design most of the grass and some of the trees are removed and the whole square will be leveled with the Main Concourse

The whole space will be paved, have new lighting and urban furniture. The space will also be able to accommodate big events. New retail opportunities around the square will add extra value to the experience of this public space
The vertical towers of light become armatures for signage to communicate information on the trains and announce the station as a proud participant in city life.


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A big, modernised Trafalgar-like fountain right in the centre of the square would be magnificent.
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Ah, those world-class orange Golden Arrow busses.
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A big, modernised Trafalgar-like fountain right in the centre of the square would be magnificent.
Yes, thank you! That would be perfect!! Cape Town doesnt have one yet. And the heerengracht one is in the middle of the street so it doesnt count...
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fountain would be great
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All the bits of dark red around the station are the Boshard Construction boards and hoards (?).

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Some of the red boards around the construction areas

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