Eagle Park Housing

Eagle Park Housing

This work forwards an urban design argument in support of the Eagle Park Housing Project application for development rights on Erf 934, Buck Road, Pelican Park. It seeks to make an argument for holistic human settlements that integrate beneficiary aspirations with sound urban design principles and been explicit in shying away from the traditional “smarty box” type housing model. The governing principles include:

  • Setting up a clear and permeable movement structure
  • Building resource, economic and social sustainability
  • Building a safe community
  • Ensuring permeability and flexibility
  • Providing choice and complexity
  • Establishing quality public spaces and
  • Designing for incremental growth

The work has been process driven where beneficiaries, representatives of the resident community, the client and professional team actively participated in building a unified vision for the development and making design choices that directly shaped the final solution.

The design has produced 219 housing opportunities on approximately 70m2 sites at a density of 73 units per ha. It makes room for an assemblage of public spaces that ranges from liveable streets, neighbourhood courtyards, a park and potential urban agriculture opportunities. It lays out the organization of housing units is designed to optimize space on site and forwards housing unit models that are able to exploit potential home improvements in the most cost-effective manner.

Two housing models were settled on after a substantial design process that eliminated eight other housing options. Both are incremental housing options: a 40m2 single storey two bedroom semi-detached unit and a 40m2 double storey option. There are 83 single storey semi-detached housing opportunities and 136 double storey units allowing a measure of choice for beneficiaries with commensurate benefits for each model.

Each of these options provide for optimal positioning on site to maximize future expansion opportunity for homeowners at least cost.
In addition, a plan was produced for both stages of housing development for each model type with the incremental portion developed as a guide to homeowners.

It is envisaged that the settlement will offer the integration of servicing solutions [storm water, energy, grey water systems, etc], public space investments and social development programs that should follow in the next phase of work.

The refinement of the technical proposals alongside budget constraints is a balancing act that could do with lateral thinking in sourcing ideas and funds for holistic planning that supports the laudable integrated Human Settlement policies but remains unfunded within the current housing subsidy scheme.

Budget - R 22 million (construction cost)
Client - W.C dept. of Human Settlement
Team - Jakupa Architects & Urban Designers
Project Type – Urban Design Framework
Status - completed