UCT is building for the future

06 December 2010

Obz squareDemolition vehicles, cranes and construction vehicles have become a familiar sight on UCT campuses over the past months as several building projects move into high gear and others begin. All are examples of the university's billion-Rand capital expenditure building projects to be rolled out over the next three years. Many departments and offices have also been relocated recently. This insert is intended to give the UCT community a 'periscope' view of what is happening on our campuses - and what to expect in the near future.

The big projects are the Obz Square residence in Observatory (architect's drawing on the right), the New Engineering Building and the two new Middle Campus buildings (a new School of Economics and a new Student Administration Building).

A list of current projects appears below.

Current major projects

Obz Square Residence R485m Scheduled completion 15 December 2011
Middle Campus Student Administration building and new facilities for the UCT Libraries R158m Scheduled completion 25 Nov 2010
Middle Campus School of Economics   Scheduled completion 7 April 2011
New Engineering Building R187m Scheduled completion 2013
Centlivres upgrade R52m Design development
ICTS-on-Main R35m Completed
New archives facility in Mill Court R9.7m Completed
Avenue House restoration R6m Completed
Statistical Sciences relocation R1.8m Completed
Glenara upgrade and extensions R2.3m Completed
Falmouth renovation R4m In progress
New, large upper campus lecture theatre R23m Design development, scheduled for completion by 2012 or 2013
Computer Science building: conversion of ICTS space to provide new classrooms R1.3m Completed
Leslie Building conversion of former School of Economics to provide classrooms and space    
for humanities and commerce R6m In progress
Upgrading Jameson substation R2m Completed
Otto Beit re-roofing R575k Completed
Arts Block airconditioning R1.675m Completed
Mathematics re-roofing R1.765m Completed
Hahn re-roofing (section) R350k Completed
MCB chiller plant renewal R4m Completed
Lift modernisation Leslie C, Medical Library, CB Goods, Molec Goods, Mathematics R3m Completed
Kramer chiller renewal R2.5m Completed
New maintenance projects
Computer Science roof phase 2 R1.5m Feb-11
Computer Science airconditioning R4m Jan-11
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering new roof R2m Feb-11
Arts Block new roof R2m Feb-11
GSH airconditioning R1.8m Jan-11
Lifts Anatomy & Falmouth R3m Mid-2011

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