Following the success of the Phase I Revitalisation Framework for the Hermanus CBD, the Overstrand Municipality has recently appointed consultants to undertake a Phase II study for the CBD Revitalisation.
The 2000 study was prepared by Gapp, Architects and Urban Designers, was completed in 2002 and a total of 13 projects/interventions were identified.
Over the past 12 years, the Overstrand Municipality and the private sector have made considerable investments in the CBD to implement the proposals of the 2000 Revitalisation Framework. These have positively transformed the CBD and increased it’s attraction to residents and visitors and boosting the local economy.
Projects completed by the Overstrand Municipality in terms of the 2002 study include:
- CBD Relief Road
- Upgrade of Cliff Top
- Redevelopment of Market Square
- Gearings Point upgrade
- Development of the Station Precinct
These projects were implemented by the Municipality during the period of 2002 to 2012 at an estimated cost of ±R80 million.
The private sector has also heavily invested into the CBD Revitalisation Strategy. This includes construction work on commercial, residential, parking and landscaping projects to an estimated value of ±R225 million.
Various other projects are in an advanced phase of planning or close to approval with implementation planned to commence in the near future. These projects include the Taxi Rank, Mitchell Street Precinct and the Main Road’s traffic calming measures.
The CBD has now reached a critical phase of the revitalisation where more detail planning is required. This framework will identify new projects to consolidate the successes of the last 12 years of revitalisation, improving the identity, sense of place and amenity of the CBD.
This detail planning will specifically focus on areas such as vehicular and/or pedestrian traffic, parking allocation and distribution, road and pavement surfacing and delineation, street furniture upgrades, signage and information boards and the preservation and celebration of important and sensitive heritage and landmark assets.
To undertake the above study the consultant firms of Deca Engineering (previously ICE Boland) and Gapp, Architects and Urban Design Consultants have been appointed.
This project will be introduced to the public by way of a public meeting to be scheduled in the near future. Interested and affected parties will be given ample opportunity to submit inputs towards the study.