Impact Assessment (2006/2007)
PROPOSED ADDITION - East side
In recent times, due to the nature of the occupants of the complex, a shortage of parking has become a problem. Kruger Roos Architects were engaged to assist with finding a solution.
Various proposals were looked at, including creating underground parking, demolishing the boiler house and acquiring adjoining land. Steven Townsend was brought on board as a historical consultant. His advice was that the demolition of the boiler house was a non-starter (he also consulted SATRA who indicated that they would not support the demolition of the boiler house.)
The Boiler house
The main thrust of the proposal developed by Kruger Roos Architects was that the space available to develop was on the East side of the property.
The large bridge – with its height and solid concrete walls, largely obscured the East view of the Castle. The proposed development should reinstate the “Meintjies Studio” wall with its rhythm of large windows to Lower Church St above the level of the bridge.
At present the main building and its additions form a great urban street – this should be reinforced and a possible tower should be introduced to terminate the Eastern end of the urban space. The space needs to be properly designed, landscaped and appropriate planting and street furniture specified, including a possible water pond / feature.
Another significant element of the complex should be the design of a “gate house” which should be treated as a separate building, adding to the varied collection. The new building should be in the form of a containing element like a bookend. The idea of bookends, being an analogy for the proposed building on the one end and silos building on the other – in a sense containing the Old Castle, much in the same manner as the International Convention Centre is contained between the Sheraton Hotel and the New Office building.
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