Grand Parade

Cape Town, South Africa

Submit a project Closing date : 22/04/2018

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The following information is indicative only: both the competition Regulation and the Site Specific Requirements documents will be available for download by mid-December. Further information regarding the requested documentation will be made available in this submission page at the same time.

Before submitting your project, please make sure your proposal complies with :
  • The common Regulation document
  • The Site Specific Requirements
  • Local rules and legislation.

01. Name of the Team

02. Composition of the Team

03. Team contact

04. Files (.pdf 20 Mo max. per file)

The documents will be written both in English and, if different, in the local language. Each of the documents will be dated and signed by the representative, or another authorised body, of the bidder team.
The composition of the bidder team is a criterion used to assess the relevance of the project within the framework of the competition. It demonstrates the feasibility and the soundness of the proposed project.
The project description is a maximum of 10 pages in the A4 format. At this Expression of Interest stage, detailed architectural drawing such as perspectives will not be admitted, unless specified otherwise in the SSR.
This memo presents the legal-financial framework proposed by the bidder team only as a statement of intentions. The definitive commitments of the team will appear in the final proposal.
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Steeped in history, this 1 ha site forms the north-western end of the Grand Parade, Cape Town‘s primary central public square and the oldest urban public open space in the country. Located directly alongside Cape Town’s primary multi-modal public transport interchange, it has a high potential to develop a mixed use medium density scheme that frames, and catalyzes the improvement of this unique and wonderful place.

Steeped in history, the site forms the north-western end of the Grand Parade (where some dilapidated trading structures and associated facilities are currently located), Cape Town‘s primary central public square and the oldest urban public open space in the country. This 1 ha plot forms part of the larger Grand Parade, which in times past was used to host a military parade ground for garrisons stationed at the abutting Castle. Surrounded by prominent heritage buildings like the Castle of Good Hope, the City Hall and the Cape Town Central Library, the Grand Parade fulfils a variety of functions, from open air concerts, events and festivals, a civic demonstration space to conventional day-time car parking. It also hosts significant market and informal trading activity.

Located directly alongside Cape Town‘s primary multi-modal public transport interchange (ie Cape Town Station), the site is centrally situated and enjoys high levels of accessibility. It also lies at the confluence of two key accessibility corridors linking the sea with the mountain and District Six with the CBD and eventually the Bo-Kaap. 

The grandness of the larger space - needed to express society’s concern and accommodate its social interaction -, is in conflict with its daily functions. This is one of the main challenges to be addressed by bidder teams. This north-western edge of the Grand Parade presents a high potential to be redeveloped in a more appropriate mixed use medium density scheme that better frames and supports this important public space. The precinct’s local, provincial and national historical significance should be sensitively treated and celebrated while making it cleaner, healthier and more sustainable, in order to catalyse the improvement of this unique and wonderful place as part and parcel of life in Cape Town.


Further information about this site will be provided by the end of December 2017 (site dataroom, Site Specific Requirements).

Expected program 

Proposals for redevelopment and upgrading (of this part of the Grand Parade) should involve new (medium height) mixed use development in and around the area where current dilapidated traders’ structures are located, with active ground floor interfaces.
In addition, the City has defined important aspects  that bidder teams need to address.  

City of Cape Town.

Plot area
Approximately 1ha.

Type of transfer intended
Considering the historical significance of the site, the property transfer intended for the site’s redevelopment is a long-term lease arrangement that can be discussed with the developer / operator.

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Castle Street, Lower Plein & Darling street
Cape Town South Africa


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