Some new ideas to beau­tify Port Al­fred

Talk of the Town - - News - ROB KNOWLES

AFRESH eye of­ten sees things that oth­ers have missed, and land­scape ar­chi­tect War­ren Lange of Hort Cou­ture has once again brought over stu­dents from HAS Univer­sity in the Nether­lands to help in­spire ideas on how Port Al­fred could be im­proved.

“Land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture is a niche mar­ket,” Lange be­gan. “As part of our so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity we bring over­seas stu­dents to help us build an in­te­grated de­sign net­work for Port Al­fred.

“But we want a South African per­spec­tive in the de­sign. Tourism is lack­ing in de­vel­op­ment and fund­ing.”

Fol­low­ing Lange’s in­tro­duc­tion, stu­dent Lu­cas Roozen pre­sented his ideas re­gard­ing con­nect­ing East and West beaches in or­der to al­low bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion between both in­clud­ing a bridge between the two beaches.

He also in­cluded a board­walk around and across the Duck Pond to con­nect the Her­itage Mall and the duck pond.

He also sug­gested more benches around the Duck Pond area to al­low for peo­ple to braai and so­cialise there.

“The dis­con­nec­tion between these two tourism hubs is a prob­lem,” Roozen said.

Stu­dent Nick Ver­meulen pro­posed mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the small boat har­bour (SBH), ex­pan­sion of the har­bour area and its de­vel­op­ment as a busi­ness hub with multi-use build­ings.

Ex­tra pedes­trian walk­ways, re­moval of the sandbank at the en­trance were also mooted as well as sug­gest­ing un­der­ground park­ing.

At the end of the pre­sen­ta­tion, the stu­dents were com­mended for the work they had done and res­i­dent and lo­cal es­tate agent War­wick Heny sug­gested he would get the own­ers of the prop­er­ties to­gether and that the pre­sen­ta­tion should be given to them for their in­put.

De­vel­oper of the Royal Al­fred Ma­rina, Justin de wet Steyn was also present and com­mended the stu­dents on their in­sight and for the ideas they had gen­er­ated.

Pic­ture: ROB KNOWLES

IN­TRIGU­ING DE­SIGNS: War­ren Lange of Hort Cou­ture brought land­scape ar­chi­tec­tural stu­dents from HAS Univer­sity in the Nether­lands to South Africa to help in­spire ideas for the im­prove­ment of Port Al­fred which they pre­sented at the Hal­yards Ho­tel last...

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