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CONSTRUCTION: City's Upgrade Of Greenmarket Square On Track


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Greenmarket Square, which celebrates its 300th anniversary in March 2010, is being upgraded into a special, active and people-friendly space with a newly configured market, a stage, revamped ablution facilities and improved perimeter facilities that will enhance the "Cape Café" experience.

The upgrading of Greenmarket Square is divided into two phases.

Phase 1 includes:

  • installing additional CCTV cameras and pedestrian lights,

  • lifting the existing granite cobbles, cleaning them and relaying the cobbles at new levels to incorporate Shortmarket Street and Greenmarket Street, to ensure that it is more even for pedestrians and to create a more seamless interface with the outdoor areas of the restaurants surrounding the square,

  • installing new bollards, benches, interpretive signage and

  • paving the existing sidewalks

Phase 2 includes upgrading the existing ablution facility. A stage will replace the existing roof of the ablution block to accommodate special events like lunch time concerts.

A heritage consultant, landscape architect and civil engineer have been appointed by the City of Cape Town to assist with the design, approval, tender and construction process. Designs for the square and ablution block have been submitted to Heritage Western Cape for approval.

The tender for the construction of Phase 1 was advertised on 6 March and awarded on 28 April to IKAPA Construction CC. The site will be handed over to the contractor on 18 May. The construction will start with the removal of the cobbles and work out toward the restaurants and buildings surrounding the square.

"This facelift for the popular Greenmarket Square is long overdue and comes just in time to present a fresh and upgraded space to 2010 visitors to the CBD, " says Cllr J P Smith, Chairperson of the Good Hope Subcouncil. "With the expanded space for a café society environment along Shortmarket Street, the improved paving and sidewalks and the upgraded toilet facilities and lighting, this is sure to be a popular destination and events space next year."

The Greenmarket Square traders, with assistance from the City of Cape Town, will continue to trade from a temporary site in the Company’s Garden (Government Avenue) during the construction period from 18 May 2009 to the end of November 2009.

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