news from BRE

published: 25/4/2012

BRE appointed principal consultant in Johannesburg urban regeneration project

BRE has been appointed as principal consultant in a major urban regeneration project in the city of Johannesburg. The UK’s world leading centre of excellence in the built environment will be working with the Department of Arts and Culture to transform the dilapidated Hillbrow district into a cultural hub for the region.

Restoration of the Windybrow Theatre, a national monument in one of the city’s most poverty stricken neighbourhoods is the first stage in a four-year plan to rejuvenate the area. The colonial building, originally built in 1886 during the South African gold rush, will be refurbished to modern sustainability standards using Passivhaus principles.

Three adjoining historical buildings will also be restored to create a ‘cultural precinct’ for arts and community activity. The local drainage system will be upgraded and a number of streets will be pedestrianised in order to improve safety and accessibility. The site will also feature a hydroponics bay where residents can buy, sell and grow local produce.

BRE is developing a prototype model for the area, ensuring all works carried out maintain and enhance its architectural and cultural integrity. The project will be completed by 2014.

 


For further information contact Linda McKeown on mckeownl@bre.co.uk or 01923 664569.