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Capital projects

Capital expenditure (capex) projects

UCT has made investments in new buildings for student accommodation and administration, the School of Economics, the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment, Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS), the university archives, and renovations of various facilities across the campuses.

Obz Square | School of Economics and Student Administration | Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment | New Lecture Theatre | Groote Schuur Community Improvement

Obz Square

Obz Square

The single biggest investment in UCT history, R485 million, was made in Obz Square, a 6 000 square metre block located between Main Road and William Street. The residence opened its doors to its first students in 2012.

Obz Square is the latest addition to the university's residence system, providing self-catering accommodation for 880 senior and postgraduate students.

Each student has a single room with en-suite bathroom,and eight to ten students share a modern kitchen and dining area that forms their specific residence-life 'hub'. The unique design of the building supports the ethos of a holistic and vibrant living and learning environment, providing creative spaces in which UCT's values of social responsibility, integration, social justice, human rights, environmental stewardship and academic pursuit can flourish.

Full steam ahead for Obz Square - Monday Paper article on the unveiling of the building in November 2011.

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School of Economics and Student Administration

On middle campus, a total investment of R158 million was made in the development of two new buildings to house the School of Economics and new offices for student administration.

Student Administration building

The new Student Administration Building is adjacent to the Kramer Law Building, below the historic Summer House. The 1 400 square-metre building is now up and running and it accommodates the Admissions Office, the Student Accommodation Office, Student Records, the Examinations and Doctoral Degrees Board Offices, the Office of the Deputy Registrar, academic administration, student systems support and the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO).

The new 3 964 square-metre School of Economics is positioned below the Student Administration Building.

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New building, new era for economics school - Monday Paper article on the official opening of the new economics building.

Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment

New Engineering Building

Construction on UCT's New Engineering Building (NEB) on upper campus started in August 2011 and was completed in 2013. The Department of Chemical Engineering, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment and the Faculty Office have since joined civil engineering.

The Snape Building which used to be occupied by civil engineering was demolished to make way for a new Teaching and Learning Building (TLB). Construction of this new building, which will house the Department of Construction Economics and Management (CEM) and will include nine multifunctional lecture theatres, a micro-lab, and a satellite campus of the Library Knowledge Commons, started in 2013.

The civil engineering laboratories as well as a new, spacious teaching laboratory will be housed in the basement of the building. Civil Engineering staff and postgraduate students occupy the offices in the south end of the NEB. The main gains to the faculty are the state-of-the-art lecture theatres (which will be part of the TLB), more space for the Departments of ChemicalEngineering and the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics (through the move of CEM), and a dedicated Surface Science laboratory (for the electron microscopes) shared between three faculties and situated between the two larger buildings.

The New Lecture Theatre (NLT)


Building of the University of Cape Town’s exciting new Capex project – the R62m New Lecture Theatre (NLT) – kicked off in November 2014.

The new building, which was completed in 2016, will not only supply an additional 400-seater "state of the art" lecture theatre to the University but also a much-needed social space and a gateway to the southern end of Campus.

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Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID)

UCT is also a founder member and donor to the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID) which aims to deal with neighbourhood crime, grime, transport and housing problems that are faced by students, residents and businesses along a lengthy strip of the Main Road, from Dean Street in Newlands to Anzio Road in Observatory.

Read more about the GSCID in the Monday Paper.

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UCT Campus Buildings 2012/13