Press Release - 13/09/99 [ back to previous page ]

Architectural Awards for Cato Manor Competition
Prizes valued at R35 000 will be awarded at a ceremony to be held in Cato Manor on Friday 17 September for an architectural ideas competition aimed at generating innovative design concepts for the new Administrative Support Centre to be built in Cato Manor as part of the Cato Manor Development Project.

Development of the new Administrative Support Centre will commence with a R11,8 million investment funded by the European Union, which has made substantial financial investment into the Cato Manor project.


Situated on one hectare of undeveloped land at the intersection of Cato Manor Road and Francois Road, the Administrative Support Centre will consist of 2 300 m2 office, retail and seminar accommodation providing rentable space to Cato Manor related public service agencies and parastatals, emerging Cato Manor businesses, community based organisations and development orientated NGO’s, professionals and housing companies.

Architects were invited to submit inspired ideas and cost-effective and commercially viable options for the design of the Centre, with special attention being paid to security, environmental controls and the public interface.  Acclaimed architectural critic Dr Alan Lipman  is one of the competition assessors.

“The competition offered a challenge to the design professions in terms of its location on the interface of University-owned land and an emerging inner city area which is planned as a vibrant interchange for pedestrian and vehicular traffic,” said CMDA Chief Executive, Clive Forster.

The competition was open to all architects who are registered members of the South African Council for Architects (SACA) and whose practice address falls within the boundaries of the Durban Metropolitan Area.  The ceremony will take place at the newly opened Umkhumbane Multi-Purpose Centre in Cato Manor.

Please contact Shelley Gielink for more details on (031) 261-6640

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