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Properties & Services

New Capex Project 2014/2015/2016

The New Lecture Theatre

EntranceThe New Lecture Theatre. (Artist's impression supplied by GAPP.)

Building of the University of Cape Town's exciting new Capex project – the New Lecture Theatre (NLT) – started in mid-November 2014.

The new building, which is expected to be completed in early April 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.

It will include outdoor and indoor social spaces.

The lecture venue will be constructed on the vacant site south of the Humanities Graduate School building.

EntranceThe New Lecture Theatre. (Artist's impression supplied by GAPP.)

The project comprises the demolition of the existing house, the construction of the new building, and related site works.

In keeping with the building's aim to get a Four Star green rating the demolition of the existing house included the recycling and rehabilitation of what was demolished.

The lecture venue, an auditorium, will announce the corner of University Avenue and will provide a much-needed social space, says Chris Briers, Director: Projects and Capital Works, Properties and Services.

The New Lecture Theatre and student social space will be a bookable venue for use by internal and external users.

The construction of it was recommended early in 2010 as an urgent need was identified for a lecture venue to accommodate courses with large enrolments, without the need to split the courses, said Briers.

This venue is additional to the pool of venues and does not replace any venue.

View from avenueView from University Avenue: social space opening onto elevated forecourt. (Artist's impression supplied by GAPP.)

The lecture venue will accommodate:

  • video recording of lectures for remote learning;
  • video conferencing (four cameras – 2 fixed and 2 PTZ);
  • the simultaneous projection from two data projectors;
  • the showing of full-length films from a single data projector;
  • voice reinforcement for presenters

New Lecture Theatre tree footprint

Trees that fall within the footprint of the new building will be impacted.

All Yellowwood and Wild Olive trees will be retained. Large exotic specimens, such as London Planes near the old South Bus stop, as well as the Oak tree, that resides on the corner of University Avenue to the South, will be retained.

Thirteen new indigenous and exotic trees are proposed to be planted. This proposed row of trees might edge the southern boundary of the New Lecture Theatre at the interface with Madiba Road.

Nine trees that are on the alien invasive list are to be removed. An additional nine exotic trees are proposed to be removed including Eucalyptus, Avocado and Cypress.

One large indigenous Wild Peach is to be removed as well as a large Coral tree. Although the large Coral tree may be viewed as valuable, it is quite close to the Wild Peach tree and the new building footprint. Specialist input suggests that the tree has a wide branch structure and its branches and roots are intertwined with other trees and would therefore not be successfully relocated.

Architects: GAPP

Project Manager: LMC Project Management

Contractor: Granbuild

The enabling work stages 1 – 5 began in November 2014 and were completed in February 2015. (See archive)

The main building contractor was appointed around 23 February 2015. After a public tendering process the contract had been awarded to Granbuild.

The contractor is expected to commence building on 23 March 2015. Practical completion is expected in early April 2016. The venue will be fully operational by start of second semester, July 2016.

Changes to expect during construction from 23 March 2015 to July 2016

  • The Jammie Shuttle South bus stop will be dismantled on 23 March 2015.
  • Jammie Shuttle services from the South bus stop will be shilfted to the West bus stop as from 23 March 2015.
  • The building construction process will be noisy but effort will be made to keep the noise levels contained.
  • 15 red parking bays in the area will be decommissioned as they were is stage 1.
  • We will endeavour to keep road closures to a minimum for the duration of the project.
  • Heavy construction vehicles will be encountered; caution will have to be exercised when walking or driving around the area.
  • There will be flag men posted to ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors during the construction period.

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Safety precautions at NLT building site