Alma Marist Sports Club agrees to plan for three villages alongside cricket oval
SEVERAL years of listening to residents’ concer ns ended recently when Paul Henry, managing director of Rawson Developers, announced that negotiations with the presiding committee of the historical Alma Marist Sports Club in Park Road, Rondebosch, had borne fruit.
The committee and residents have agreed to Rawson’s much-amended plan to develop the three-hectare site for townhouses.
“The development will not impinge in any way on the existing cricket pitch or the spectators’ space. Also, the club will be rebuilding the clubhouse at the cost of about R3.5 million, making it more sophisticated and luxurious. The clubhouse will have its own large heated swimming pool and the bowling green will be kept in operation,” says Henry.
The pared-down plan will have 42 townhouses in three security villages. Biometrically controlled access will include fingerprint recognition.
The double- storey townhouses will vary in size from 190m² to 240m².
“Homes in this development have been designed to cater for a modern lifestyle – they bring the outdoors inside by having entertainment areas that are covered but protrude into gardens,” says Henry.
“The style of architecture is timeless, with vertically proportioned windows and doors, and a mixture of hipped and gabled roofs coupled with leanto secondary forms.
“There will be two types of roofing, fibre cement slate and corrugated profile Chromadek sheeting. Together with a palette of wall colours and different roof shapes, they will help create a variety of complementary Cape styles.
“We knew the demand here would be good as there is a huge shortage of affordable security lifestyle apartments in the southern suburbs, but it’s gratifying that the Alma Marist Club will get a new lease on life from this project and will never need to sell off land.
“Rawson Developers is in the fortunate position of have full order books for the next three years and more, which has helped us achieve one of our major priorities – the continued employment of our large workforce.”