Atkins is acting as the lead consultant for a 1,600 ha mixed use development site in Johannesburg. A wide range of services are being delivered by Atkins including: lead designer for the Framework Masterplan submitted to the City of Johannesburg, environmental assessments, socioeconomics, planning, cost consulting and public engagement; along with advisory on innovative transport and infrastructure solutions.
The site is located on the alignment of the only high speed rail service in Africa, which connects the international airport to the city centre and central business district. A new high speed rail station is planned on the existing alignment and is located in the town centre of this development. The new station already has planning approval and the anticipated delivery date is in 2018.
This development will likely offer:
- Over 50,000 new homes
- 300,000 permanent jobs
- 13.5 billion rand a year for the national economy
All elements needed for day-to-day life are incorporated into this truly mixed use scheme. Additionally, strategic scale flood control, renewable power generation and improved community infrastructure are all integrated using efficient that are only viable when working at this scale.
Stakeholder engagement is a significant part of the Atkins role. Monthly workshop sessions, led by Atkins, allow the City of Johannesburg and associated council members to participate in the design process. Public engagement, where over 600 people have attended sessions held so far, is used to answer questions and build support for this exciting project.
To read more about the high speed rail, Gautrain, please click here.
Arup South Africa