After 11 years of planning, the Sandown Road Link was opened on 29 October 2013. The opening was celebrated by not only those attending the “Road Opening Ceremony” hosted by township developers Garden Cities, The Milnerton Estates and The Aska Property Group, but equally celebrated by the motorists using this east-west link between the West Coast Road and the N7 Freeway.
From the word “go” the road link was an immediate success. Traffic streamed along the road right after the official opening by Minister Robin Carisle, and bottles of champagne were handed out to the happy motorists. It was said then that work on implementing the second carriageway needed to start immediately.
Sandown Road is threaded through the residential suburbs of Sunningdale, Parklands and Sandown as well as the Rivergate commercial and industrial development. The opening of this east-west link brought relief to motorists previously restricted to using the internal road networks of these suburbs. Locals will remember queuing on Gie Road for what seemed like endless periods.
Diagram reflecting the dualling of Sandown Road
The link provided further stimulus in growing these popular suburbs. Suffice to say that with the growth here and the need by the outer-lying areas for improved movement through these suburbs, capacity of the link was reached in just 5 years.
The requirement for the dualling of Sandown Road Link was prioritised by The Western Cape Government, The City of Cape Town and the developers. The Public Private Partnership, the effort and the co-operation between the parties and the joint funding agreement enabled the speed with which this road can now be dualled.
Two consulting teams were appointed to facilitate the design and manage the on-site construction.
HHO Africa were appointed to deal with the dualling of Sandown Road from the intersection of Parklands Main Road to the east, including a new road over rail bridge, the dualling of Malibongwe Road, the surfacing of the second carriageway over the Diep River and the roadworks up to the N7.
The first road-over-rail bridge built here in 2013. The second bridge now commissioned runs parallel to the first bridge built.
This contract has been awarded to Baseline Civil Contractors in an amount of R87 Million. The contract commenced on 9 November. The contractors will establish two site camps, one nearest the road-over-rail bridge and another south of Sandown Road in Rivergate. Material is now being ordered with construction commencing in earnest during January 2019.
BVI Consulting Engineers were appointed to deal with the dualling of Sandown Road from the intersection of Parklands Main Road to the west, through the suburbs of Sandown and Parklands to Sunningdale Drive in Sunningdale.
Tenders are currently being prepared for this section of the road with a view to the successful tenderer being appointed early in 2019.
The contracts will run concurrently with a view to completion of the respective sections simultaneously. Completion of the road dualling will take 12 to 15 months.
And while the dualling is underway, the Western Cape Government will plan and construct a loop ramp from Malibongwe Drive onto the N7. This ramp, forming part of the future clover leaf intersection there, will greatly assist southbound motorists. Instead of crossing oncoming traffic lanes on their right, motorists will be able to take a left lane ramp and enter the N7 under the flyover travelling south.
There will no doubt be some inconvenience to motorists with construction of this scale taking place. Hopefully this article will comfort motorists in that there is light at the end of the tunnel – traffic flows into and out of the Parklands/Sunningdale/ Sandown and Rivergate area will be greatly improved.
Tony Clarke – Joint MD Aska Property Group
3rd December 2018
The Sub-division Approval of Phases 1C and 1D of Sandown will unlock a further 480 single residential plots as well as 2 local business sites, 6 sites for town-housing or apartments and some 10 hectares of land situated on Sandown Road zoned as General Business 1.
Phases 1C and 1D are positioned immediately to the east of Parklands College (the Sandown Campus) and north of Sandown Road. Sandown Road links the West Coast Road to the N7 offering excellent access to the West Coast, to the north to Namibia and to the greater suburbs of Cape Town to the east and south.
The Sandown Fynbos Corridor, being a national conservation area of some 36 hectares, lies immediately north of these phases. The fynbos corridor will, once complete, link the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve to the north, with the Diep River section of the Table Bay Nature Reserve to the south, by a system of semi connecting natural and restored open spaces and servitudes that will allow a measure of eco systems connectivity in this fast developing urban environment. Six “woonerf” precincts have been identified in the residential component. These precincts have been designed to allow vehicles and pedestrians to co-exist. The precinct is created by meandering the surfaced area within a wider-than-normal road reserve, introducing traffic calming measures, “street furniture” and a variation in road surfacing – all contributing to make a “pedestrian zone” where motorists are permitted.
As with phases 1A and 1B of Sandown, the developer will install cameras at every access road entering the development and elsewhere at strategic positions (a total of 9 cameras are proposed). The cameras will be monitored off site with a local security company contracted to patrol the area and provide security support.
Fibre Geeks will provide the telecommunications infrastructure to Sandown that supports not only the latest technology, but allows for various services to be carried over the network. This fibre infrastructure will support end-consumer services and allows for security networks to be connected by means of providing a fibre connection to the cameras, contributing to the future-proofing concept to allow for expansion and growth.
The single residential plots in Phases 1C and 1D fall into 3 size categories. There are 190 smaller erven (typically 160 – 300m2), 264 medium size erven (301-449m2) and 46 standard size erven (450m2 and larger). Plots are priced from R785, 000.
For more information on these opportunities please contact Aska Property Group on 021 556 2333 or Nathan (082 603 5564) or Ryan (073 988 3084).
In 2015 the developers, Milnerton Estates, announced the launch of a new suburb – Sandown. Over the past two years the developers and their professional team have worked tirelessly on the development, design and ultimate approval by the local authority of the first single residential estate therein to be launched – “Sagewood”.
After the approval during March 2017 and the completion of final documentation, plots in the Sagewood Security Estate were made available to parents of the adjoining Parklands College’s high school campus, the Sandown Campus, and to local developers. Following the sale of the 100th plot since May, plots in Sagewood are now being offered to the public.
Sagewood comprises of 255 single residential plots, with plot sizes ranging from 229m2 to 767m2 and prices from R785,700 to R1,452,000. Each of the plots has been designated with design criteria based upon its “small, medium or large” footprint. Architectural Controls have been put in place to ensure that the layout, landscaping and urban character of the estate reflects the intended upmarket image already set by the Sandown Campus. With a range of plot sizes to choose from and the controls encouraging a modern, contemporary language, new owners together with their architect or designer will have the flexibility to design a home that meets their needs in Cape Town’s newest and up-to-date security estate.
Gateway to the Sagewood Security Estate
The security estate will set a benchmark for developments of this nature. Offering electrical fencing on top of the walled and fenced environment, 24/7 gatehouse security with armed backup, access controlled vehicular entrance and pedestrian gates for the benefit of scholars, positioned nearest Sandown Campus and pedestrian movement to the north.
The Sagewood Security Estate falls within the Sandown development and is governed by its Constitution.
All purchasers in the development will, on transfer of the property into their name, become members of the Sandown Property Owners Association.
Community Schemes Management Services have been appointed as the managing agents for the SPOA. Their responsibility is to ensure ongoing implementation and enforcement of the Constitution, the collecting levies and ensuring that the high standards established, are maintained
Professional landscapers have been appointed to Plan and oversee the landscaping to the estate.
Sagewood is surrounded by parks and open spaces. An ephemeral pan is situated to the west of the development, with further land set aside for future community sports fields to the north. The fynbos corridor is positioned to the east of Sagewood, with the Sandown Campus’ playing fields across the road to the south, offering Cape Town’s favourite view.
An aerial view reflecting the Sagewood Security Enclave as an insert
Sagewood is situated within walking distance of Sandown Road which in turn hosts major shopping opportunities at the Sandown Retail Crossing, Checkers Hyper, Poco, Virgin Active and Food Lovers Market. In September 2017, the Table Bay Mall is due to open, incorporating major retailer anchors, numerous line shops and more amenities to cater for this rapidly growing area and is located within 2 km’s of this estate.
The suburb enjoys an excellent public transport system with the MyCiti bus collector route connected to the change-over terminus at Bayside Centre, which in turn provides the integrated rapid bus service into the CBD of Cape Town. For the more energetic, there is also a dedicated bicycle lane from Table View into the CBD.
Landscaped parks with different themes are accommodated within the estate’s secure perimeter. These include a trim park, play parks, a water park, a jogging track along the paved roads and feature landscaping elements including playground furniture and state of the art lighting.
Annexure “E” to the Agreement of Sale
The above diagram of the Sagewood Security Estate shows the centrally positioned access across which the gatehouse will be built. Upon entering the development you will arrive at the first of several parks to be developed in the estate. The positions of the parks are indicated in green on the above diagram.
The “small, medium and large” plot footprints are indicated in red, orange and yellow respectively.
Developers who secured plots in the pre-release are presently designing the homes that they will promote through their selling agents whilst vacant land sales are conducted through the Aska Property Group. This will provide purchasers in Sagewood the opportunity of either selecting from a range of ready built homes or purchasing a vacant plot on which they can design their own home.
For more information on this prestigious development call the Aska Sales Office on 021-556-2333 / Nathan (082 603 5564) / Ryan (073 988 3084) or visit the website below.
Cape Town is gaining a brand new suburb named Sandown. Predominantly a residential development, it includes an established top private school, easy access to MyCiti Bus routes, extensive recreational and open spaces as well as commercial mixed-use properties. Total investment is expected to exceed R3 billion.
Sandown, which will be larger than Pinelands, extends over 190HA, adjoins Parklands North on Cape Town’s West Coast with sweeping views towards Table Mountain and the Durbanville Hills. It is positioned north of Sandown Road and extends eastwards from Wood Drive towards the recently launched Rivergate development, and will include up to 2 000 houses with plot sizes ranging from smaller entry level erven (300 m²) to larger erven (750m²).
Whilst the intention of the developer is to provide a higher income residential living environment, the range of residential opportunities will enable new homeowners to buy into the development, as well as provide high-end investment opportunities for established homeowners. These opportunities will include secure villages one of which is already at and advanced stage of planning.
The total projected investment value is about R2.7 billion in the residential portion and about R350 million for the 7.7HA of commercial land currently available. This value should triple as more commercial land becomes available along Sandown Road.
These commercial erven, already available from R1400/m², include both retail and office opportunities in the commercial precinct along Sandown Road, with 93 000sq metres of commercial bulk, roughly the size of 18 rugby fields, available for future development.
The Milnerton Estates Limited, landowners and developers in the area for the past 100 years have already invested heavily into this new suburb by building the secondary campus of Parklands College 3 years ago. This campus which will eventually accommodate 1300 learners, already provides an array of sporting facilities and other amenities over its 15.5 ha. With Parklands College already well-established and ranked amongst the top 15 schools in the Western Cape, the time was right to compliment the school with an upmarket suburb.
From a built environment point of view, the range of development opportunities will create an urban landscape with contrasts in height, massing and architectural appearance. This, together with the undulating topography, will ensure an appealing urban landscape.
Sandown will also have open and recreational spaces, with future public open space for sports fields situated to the north. These opens spaces, incorporating the Fynbos Corridor, the Table View Nature Reserve and stormwater management systems will extend the biodiversity network in the area.
The developers have created both residential and commercial guidelines, to encourage a modern contemporary language in architecture, while “revivalist” or “period” architectural styles will not be permitted. The standard of architecture has been set by Parklands College and the residential guidelines will encourage residents to match this standard.
Regarding access and transportation, Sandown Road on the southern edge of Sandown provides a major road link between the R27 (West Coast Road) and the N7. It is within walking distance of the Virgin Active, the Food Lovers Market and the Checkers Hyper on the adjoining Parklands North development.
Sandown, which is on the MyCiti Bus collector route, is 5km from Big Bay, 4km from the Blouberg Beachfront and 21km from the Cape Town International Conference Centre.
The ASKA Property Group, who are well established in the area, have been appointed joint project managers and sole selling agents for this exciting new venture.