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SANParks proposals for Tokai Manor precinct

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SANParks proposals for Tokai Manor precinct

Unread postby SANParks:CapeCluster » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:42 pm

Proposals for the future upgrade, management and landscaping of the Tokai
Manor precinct will be presented at a public open day on Tuesday, 7 February.
The open day will be held in the historic Tokai Manor house which now forms
part of the Table Mountain National Park.

SANParks has appointed a team of experienced planning, environmental and
heritage specialists to prepare the proposals. The consultant team is led by one
of Cape Towns’ leading planners, Derek Chittenden, (‘BlueGreen’
planning+design) and includes landscape architects (Viridian); traffic specialists
(Trafficon) and engineers (de Villiers Sheard) with Trevor Thorold as the
heritage architect and specialist.

The planning process to date has involved preparing a detailed Baseline Study;
workshops with recreational user groups (cyclists, horse riders, dog walkers
etc); discussions with heritage, local and provincial authorities; preparing a
heritage statement and drafting a variety of proposals for the precinct. These
will be presented for comment at the Open Day.

SANParks sees the precinct becoming an important multi-purpose ‘gateway’
into the Park accommodating both heritage and biodiversity conservation as
well as recreational and tourism opportunities.

Park Manager, Paddy Gordon says it is an exciting step forward for the Park as
Tokai Manor has long been identified as its future head office and as a major
gateway into the Park. “We have already made great strides in securing the
long term agreement with Province for the Manor House and with the upgrade
of the braai site which is currently well underway”.

Two priority projects have already been identified. These are the upgrade of the
TMNP section of Tokai Road (from the Zwaanswyk Road turn off) to the Manor
House and the relocation of TMNP’s head office from Westlake to the precinct.
R11 million has been secured by SANParks from the National Department of
Environmental Affairs’ Infrastructure Development Fund for these priority

The site for the new TMNP offices will be identified through the precinct plan
process. Whilst this is underway, the TMNP Westlake office will move into
Tokai Manor and adjacent buildings in March 2012. These will serve as interim
offices until the new offices are ready.

The Tokai Manor Precinct Plan public open day will take place on Tuesday, 7th
February 2012 from 16h00 to 19h00 at Tokai Manor.
SANParks: Cape Cluster
Communications Department

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