New complex boasts versatile hall
Project nears completion with building of multi-purpose hall by Garden Cities developers
A R26.5 million sports complex development, donated by developers Garden Cities to the residents of Sunningdale and nearby suburbs on the West Coast near Table View, is close to completion with the current construction of a multipurpose hall.
The project started six years ago on 5ha of land set aside for the purpose by Garden Cities.
It is a part of the 91-year-old c ompany’s s oci al responsibilit y pro g ramme as a “new town” developer, which includes providing infrastructure that includes school, hospital and retail sites.
The sports complex provides for a wide selection of sporting codes and is under the administration of the Sunningdale Sports Club.
The club’s chair man, Robert Rothig, said the facility is a huge asset for the residents of Sunningdale and surrounding suburbs, and includes the only baseball facility in the greater Table View area.
It has the added distinction of two Astroturf courts for five-a-side soccer and will also be the home of the first Ajax Cape Town Soccer School, which was launched for fivet o 1 3 - ye a r-o l d s i n O c t o b e r i n conjunction with Fives Futbol.
Other than football, the facility offers softball and baseball, bowls and cricket.
The hall will accommodate basketball, badminton and other indoor sports, as well as every conceivable community activity.
Renier Smith, Garden Cities’ operations manager, says residents are thrilled with the sports club.
“We have had a huge vote of approval. It’s not surprising, as just the hall alone will have a highly positive effect on their lives. They will be able to use it for community projects, charity events, performing arts and just about everything else. Already we have received an enormous number of inquiries from the community to hire the hall.”
The complex was planned at the earliest stage of the development of Sunningdale and is close to the hospital and the regional shopping centre, West Coast Village, that were also part of the overall planning to provide infrastructural facilities for the residents of the suburb.
Because the sports complex hosts all-season sporting pursuits, Garden Cities has also installed state of the art lights for evening events and practices, particularly in winter.
Smith says that where residents raised concerns about the lights and other features of the complex, these have been (or are in the process of being) addressed. The lights won’t be used after 9pm, each mast is individually controlled and they will seldom all be in use at one time. Perimeter planting of tall trees will also help to mitigate light spilling into neighbouring areas.
“This is an asset for an enormous number of people in the area and we are at pains to ensure that it provides pleasure for everyone,” says Smith.
NEARLY THERE: Aerial view of the new multi-purpose sports complex in Sunningdale.