RIVERGATE INDUSTRIAL PARK
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Rivergate is located east of the Atlantis railway line and straddles Sandown Road close to it’s intersection with Malibongwe Boulevard (M12), which in turn will give Rivergate direct access to the N7, the N1, greater Cape Town, and in particular, to Cape Town International airport.
Rivergate is designed to capitalise on those land uses that seek locations along major arterial roads, such as Sandown Road and Malibongwe Boulevard, in close proximity to a regional urban node, being the future Rivergate commuter railway station and surrounds, which abuts Rivergate to the west. Consequently Rivergate is a mixed land use development, with a commercial strip on either side of Sandown Road, a business and light industrial area to the north of the commercial strip, and an “affordable” residential area south of the commercial strip extending down to the Diep River.
The affordable residential area located south of the Sandown Road commercial strip, will provide some 2500 affordable housing opportunities, including freehold single residential homes and apartments in three storey walk-ups. In addition, provision has been made for a school and local play areas.
Rivergate will be served by Cape Town’s new “MyCITI” integrated rapid transport bus system, and in years to come by a commuter rail link on the existing Atlantis railway line. The initial bus system will, once the area is occupied, run along Sandown Road in both directions forming a loop around Table View, Parklands / Sunningdale and Du Noon, to and from the Bayside Centre via Blaauwberg, Koeberg, & Potsdam Roads, Malibongwe Boulevard (M12), Sandown Road and via the R 27 back to Bayside. Given that Bayside Centre is already linked to the City Centre by MyCITI buses, Rivergate is well served by public transport, with good links to the whole City.
The original town planning premise that has guided the development of Rivergate, Parklands, Sunningdale and Sandown has been that the whole area should be easily accessible by foot, bicycle and public transport, in addition to having good private vehicle links to greater Cape Town. Thus the street layout is such that every household is within easy walking distance of both the public transport routes, and of shops, public open spaces, play parks, and other supporting facilities. Consequently the implementation of the MyCITI bus system has already made this design parameter a reality in Parklands and Sunningdale, and as Rivergate and Sandown are developed, the same ease of movement will be evident.
The mix of land uses that are expected to develop in the light industrial business park, in the commercial erven along Sandown Road, and at the Parklands / Rivergate station node, will afford the future residents of the Rivergate residential area, as well as the residents of the adjacent suburbs, a wide variety of local employment opportunities close to their homes.
Its is expected that the Rivergate railway station node could develop into a regional urban node of some considerable importance. Land has been suitably rezoned to allow for the development of government and public facility offices, in this node, so as to provide the area with a wide variety of services. These could include a local clinic, a hospital, magistrates court, police station, local library and othe such like facilitties, together with commercial offices and high density residential land uses. Provision will also be made for local markets, providing space for both the informal and formal trader, nearest the future railway station.
In summary, Rivergate is the natural extension of the Parklands model, with an emphasis on a wide variety of employment creation, a regional services centre, a public transport interchange, and affordable housing and associated facilities.