Two Rivers Urban Park: Cape Town’s ambition to plan well-located sustainable city for 20,000


A vision produced as an outcome of The Density Syndicate (Credit: dhk architects & urban designers in association with Jakupa architects and urban designer )

The City’s Mayoral Committee on 19 January 2016, recommended that Council support the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) relating to the TRUP Project, between the City, the Western Cape Government (WCG), and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This development will function as a gateway to the city, thanks to its central location.

The TRUP Project aims to release 120 ha of land within the area for the creation of a mixed-use, fully inclusive development. This proposed mixed-use, large-scale urban development is a partnership between the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town, assisted by local and international experts. The TRUP precinct lies north-east of the Cape Town CBD, at the confluence of the Black and Liesbeek rivers.

It is anticipated that around 20 000 people will eventually live in the area, if TRUP is developed in line with the current vision. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) international telescope project and Western Cape Emergency Medical Services are headquartered in the precinct. The Cape Health Technology Park (CHTP) already houses the BIOVAC public-private vaccine development partnership; a project set for expansion in the near future. The National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) has shown interest in moving to the CHTP as well.

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Source: City of Cape Town , Earthworks Magazine

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Rashiq Fataar

Founder and MD at Future Cape Town

Rashiq Fataar is the founder, Editor in Chief and Managing Director of Future Cape Town.