hangberg residential units

The City of Cape Town initiated a housing development in Hout Bay as part of the Community Residential Units (CRU) Programme. The CRU Programme targets low-income people and households earning between R800 and R3 500 a month but who are unable to afford private rental or social housing.

Seventy-two units were constructed on Erf 8176 in Hout Bay. Most of the units comprise two bedrooms (40 m2), but there are a select few one-bedroom units. Special needs units for the disabled have been accommodated specifically on the ground floor and with wheelchair access.

Delta BEC was appointed to provide professional engineering and design services for the Hangberg CRU development. The team was made up of civil, structural and electrical engineers as well as quantity surveyors, town planners, and architects.

The main requirements from a design point of view included creating a residential development that enables and creates a sense of neighbourhood and community.

A limited variation in accommodation types was created to generate a sense of unity and interest. The outdoor spaces were carefully designed to avoid social problems that typically haunt neglected and unused areas. Special consideration was given to the youth and toddlers of the development whose play areas were designed to be convenient and safe, and easily visible. Safe pedestrian routes away from vehicles were created, and the road layout discourages fast moving traffic and traffic noise.