30 Aug 2019

Royal HaskoningDHV has partnered with the Shaka Property Group and Imaginative Group on a landmark development that’s expected to boost the economy of Durban North Coast, in South Africa.

The African Ark development requires an innovative, environmentally responsible approach that respects the rich natural habitat and cultural heritage of the area, which forms part of the Zulu heartland.

Situated close to King Shaka International Airport, African Ark will provide residential, resort and commercial property opportunities to businesses and residents.

Royal HaskoningDHV will provide a 360-degree analysis of the site from several perspectives, including:

  • environmental and engineering constraints,
  • cultural heritage,
  • property market and economic opportunities,
  • education and talent development,
  • community building strategies,
  • sustainable energy and utility provision, and
  • high-level cost and business case modelling.

This will inform a full feasibility study for the site, delivered in the form of a digital GIS (Geographic Information System) atlas that will support further planning.

Says Dominic Collett, Urban Development Engineer at Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa, “We believe an approach that fully respects all facets of the North Coast’s heritage is a key requirement for a sustainable development in a changing society. For African Ark, we’ll need to employ ‘Designing with Nature’ strategies that identify creative ways to enrich the natural habitats in the course of the development.”

Phase 1, the development of Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate, is underway and the development is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Royal HaskoningDHV will also liaise with regional social partners from various fields of society, to define viable and integrated strategies for integrated community building and integration of affordable housing, as well as for education and talent development.