Vygekraal River Upgrade: Co-Design Workshop

15th June 2023

Recently, our team in Cape Town held a successful Co-Design Workshop at the Bridgetown Community Centre in Bridgetown, Athlone. The purpose of the workshop was to gain knowledge and input from the local community into the upgrade of the Vygekraal River from Jakes Gerwel Drive, through Nantes Park to Athlone Wastewater Treatment Works. This project forms part of the City of Cape Town’s Liveable Urban Waterway Programme (LUWP) which began in the Sand River catchment.

The vision for this project is to upgrade the river corridor by improving water quality, ecology, reducing the impact of heavy rainfall events and upgrading of existing stormwater infrastructure, all while creating a space that can be used and enjoyed by the local community and others. The project will also target areas along the river where erosion is a concern.

The local community showed great interest in the project and provided the professional team with a wealth of knowledge of the area, with some residents having lived in the area for 30 plus years! We were glad to see pupils from local schools show up and actively engage during the course of the day.

To add to a successful workshop, Mayoral Committee Member: Water & Sanitation, Zahid Badroodien joined in and shared his relation to the area.

Thank you to all who attended and participated in the workshop.  The professional team will be heading to the drawing board to combine the knowledge and input gained on the day with their specialist expertise to produce a concept design that can be presented to the community.

Watch this space…

Client: City of Cape Town, Project Manager, Engineers & Environmental Consultant: Lukhozi Consulting Engineers, Landscape Architect: ARLA Consulting, Land Surveyor: Joubert & Brink Surveys, Non-Motorised Transport Engineer: Innovative Transport Solutions, Geotechnical Engineer: Gondwana Geo Solutions, Aquatic Ecologist: Blue Science, Botanist: Capensis; Town Planner: Sustainable Planning Solutions; Socio-Economic Specialist: Jonathan Bloom

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