Constitution Hill is on the horizon.

Posted On Friday, 29 August 2003 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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The Constitution Hill development in Braamfontein, Johannesburg is on track and by early next year phase one of the R750-million Blue IQ project will be completed.

Nelson MandelaThe Constitution Hill development in Braamfontein, Johannesburg is on track and by early next year phase one of the R750-million Blue IQ project will be completed.

By then the Constitutional Court will have its permanent home and it will not remind anyone of the stuffy halls of British law but will have its own distinctive African flavour.

Already a nationwide art competition has been held to allow communities to play a part in customising the various spaces and buildings.

The winners will be decorating banisters and steps, chimneys (for air conditioning) and walls.

What they do will complement the various others venues being planned for the development, from restaurants to offices, from shops to the Gender Commission, from an hotel to galleries and from the landmark Great African Steps to the Constitutional Court itself.

With the theme of law and the court permeating the development it is not surprising that Africa's largest legal resource centre is about rise from the dust.

When completed it will be the second largest facility of its kind in the world.

Spokesman Victor Moreriane said phase one of the development would be completed in time for the 10th anniversary of a democratic South Africa next year.

Many of the features of the historic site would be retained, including Section Four which has housed (without their permission) notables such as Mahatma Gandhi, Chief Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela.

A "super" basement parking garage will provide space for 1,675 cars at a cost of R130-million.

Jabu Moleketi, Gauteng's MEC for Finance and Economic Affairs said, "This site will not only become an important symbol of our constitutional democracy but will also house libraries, archives, museums, performance spaces and other tourist facilities."

Blue IQ has committed R357-million to the project. Other partners are the Department of Justice, the Johannesburg Development Agency and the City of Johannesburg.

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