DEVELOPMENT: Bothasig Gardens Shapes Community Housing
Recent Western Cape Business News
THE new Bothasig Gardens social housing scheme brings relief to 120 families who took occupation of their new dwellings this month.
Bothasig Gardens, a Communicare development, is a landscaped development located on a 2.5 ha site within close reach to Cape Town’s CBD, local business and schools. Although the development services houses in the lower income bracket– its location and design has achieved a spirit of community and a safe family environment.
Cape Town based Communicare delivers social housing to the R2 500 – R7 500 salary bracket. As one of the largest accredited non-profit organisations Communicare is able to offer the lowest rentals per square meter to this demographic.
The main contractor, NMC, took possession of the site in November 2011 – completing the site clearance prior to the 2011 builders’ break. Construction commenced in full swing in January 2012. The R45m project comprises 120 apartments and the project scope included the bulk earthworks, boundary wall, security office, refuse room and landscaping. The 120 units are split between three double storey blocks with two bedroom units, a single storey block with one bedroom units and twelve single storey units split equally between double and single room units.
NMC projects manager, Stephen Stander says that the NMC team’s planning and operations methodology took cognisance of the fact that the development is integrated with the existing Kent Durr retirement cottages – going to great lengths to keep noise and dust pollution to a minimum. He adds that Communicare, who sets a high premium on safety and excellence in construction quality and durability, is extremely happy with the project outcome; high quality, impeccable safety record, programme and budget. A feat achieved despite working against very tight schedules. Stander attributes this to fluid communication and team cohesion resulting in a seamless transition between the different trades.
“NMC has extended its market to include the bulk residential sector, a strategic decision which is paying off dividends. In the past 18 months this sector has contributed R345m to our turnover and current residential work includes a R108 million student residence for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. Given the social housing backlog in South Africa this sector has huge potential, particularly if development is modelled around the right mix of location, design and pricing,” says Mike van Coller, NMC new business development director.
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