WITH IYER URBAN DESIGN STUDIO

In 2013 Mayat Hart was involved in a heritage study of Louis Botha Avenue, one of Johannesburg’s historic arterial routes. This study was part of a larger urban design and policy study under taken by the city as part of its “Corridors of Freedom” development initiative.

AIM AND APPROACH OF THE STUDY

The high level heritage survey of the Louis Botha Development Corridor aims to identify existing heritage resources and ensure that their cultural significance is maintained. The result is a detailed report with recommendations as well as a mapping of the area studies for inclusion in the cities database.

OUTCOMES

The outcomes of the study were:

  • The identification of existing heritage resources and opportunities.
  • The impact of heritage legislation.
  • General heritage development guidelines.
  • Heritage development guidelines for the identified precincts.
  • The outlining of areas for detailed heritage surveys. These more detailed surveys will establish the degree of significance of individual buildings and facilitate future development.
  • Potential impact of development on heritage significance.

Identified projects include heritage surveys, the development of a heritage trail in conjunction with the introduction of the BRT and opportunities presented by natural heritage resources such as the “eye of the Orange Grove Spruit” located along the road.

The full report has been completed and will be used by the city to guide and incentivise development and policy.