Marlboro Station and surroundings

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Located in southwest Johannesburg, directly on the busy interchange between the E3 Eastern bypass and Marlboro Drive.

The study site 'Marlboro Station', is 'otherwise categorised as Portion 1 of the Remaining Extent of the Farm Bergvallei 37 IR',  owned by the City of Johannesburg. The Jukskei River borders the site’s western edge, whilst the Marlboro Gautrain Station is on the southern edge. The site is currently undeveloped, however, many informal settlements have developed along the river banks. Flooding and river pollution is one of the biggest challenges affecting these settlements. 

The site is situated on the corner of the N3 Highway and Marlboro Drive. It is approximately 6.2km east of Sandton CBD and 20 km northeast of Johannesburg CBD. It is located near the well-known township of Alexandra to the south and 6.5km east of the affluent residential area of Sandown.

The site is located close to the train station and major road interchange, whilst a large affordable housing development borders the subject area’s northern edge. These factors contribute to the site's potential to be transformed for the site to be transformed into a Transit Oriented Development (TOD). The expectation is that a TOD would link public transport hubs with affordable housing developments with access to adequate social facilities and a public open space system. 

Approx. site area: 
  • Approximately 14 hectares

Key Information: 

  • The site is within the Greater Alexandra Development Area which has a population of more than 231 900 people and 82 840 households. The average household size is 2.8 (3 people/dwelling unit).

Priority areas & main expectations: 

Proposals should seek to reinvent the area into a green and thriving TOD, specifically considering the following priorities and focus areas:

  • Improve the area’s connections to public transport (Gautrain station).

  • Develop social and affordable housing.

  • Provide social and community facilities.

  • Enhance the public open space system.

  • Implement climate change and adaptation measures that mitigate the impacts of flooding and polluted water, and improve water security.

The jury panel, that will evaluate all submitted projects, consists of the following members: 
  • Matimba Ngobeni, Specialist Strategic Urban Planner: Urban Design and Architecture | City of Johannesburg Development Planning Department
  • Julius Sello, Deputy Director: Land Use Development Management | City of Johannesburg Development Planning Department
  • Monica Albonico Sack, Professional Urban Designer and Architect | Albonico Sack Metacity Urban Designers
  • Lunelle Serobatse, Director of Strategic Coordination | City of Johannesburg  Environment and Infrastructure Services
    Lemohang Cindi, Assistant Director or Urban Design and Architecture | City of Johannesburg  Human Settlements Department
  • Jessica Kavonic, Head of Implementation, Africa | C40 Cities
  • Jessica Harding, Design Director, Regional Cities & Urban Design Practice Area Leader | Gensler
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