Bishop Lavis Town Centre

Cape Town, South Africa

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Bishop Lavis Town Centre is a 1.4 ha plot intended for a comprehensive redevelopment scheme, located in a low-density Cape Flats suburb just north of Cape Town International Airport. It enjoys an ideal situation on a BRT feeder route, with the proximity of a cluster of socio-economic and civic uses. The City expects on this site innovative projects that will demonstrate new forms of medium density urban development with high environmental performance.

This approximately 1.4ha plot constitutes part of the town centre of Bishop Lavis, a low density Cape Flats suburb just north of Cape Town International Airport and some 14 km outside Cape Town CBD. 

Besides being accessible by suburban bus and private vehicle, the site is also located on a BRT feeder route. The surrounding suburban area includes a cluster of socio-economic and civic uses, including a clinic and hospital, a church, schools, sports facilities and local shops and outlets, as well as single residential dwellings and some apartments. 



The Bishop Lavis Town Centre site currently accommodates public facilities such as a well-used public library, a community hall and a small community park. The rest of the plot remains vacant and under-utilised (eg some open car parks), which provides bidder teams an opportunity to both develop new elements and replace / intensify existing facilities as part of a comprehensive redevelopment scheme.

Proposals should include new mixed commercial and higher density housing development around a public square or similar social focal point. 

Facilitating the pro-active engagement of the local community will be a key success to maximise the potential of this site and to guarantee local anchorage. 

The City of Cape Town expects on this site innovative projects that will demonstrate new forms of medium density urban development with high environmental performance. In accordance with the objectives of the municipality to limit the ecological impact of city growth, the applicants will have to propose the best solutions towards a carbon neutral and resilient urban development.


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Competition timeframes for Cape Town sites extended to early 2019.  New deadline for submission of Expression of Interest to be confirmed in the new year.


Expected program: 

Besides an integrated community service centre with civic facilities, proposals for redevelopment of this site should include new mixed commercial and higher density housing development around a public square or similar social focal point. There is also an opportunity to relocate the community hall to the sports complex immediately north of the site and Lavis Drive, opening up a further part of the site.

Owner: 

City of Cape Town. 

Plot area:
Approximately 1,4466ha

Type of property transfer intended:
Could be a mixed arrangement.  Normally full freehold disposal of the asset, but depends on the details of the proposal (eg how new public facilities might be made available).  A long-term leasehold arrangement or a combination of freehold/lease could also be considered.
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Lenton Drive, Bishop Lavis, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town South Africa
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