Video: UWC South Campus Education Precinct

The University of the Western Cape South Campus Education Precinct is now complete! Watch the video below. 

The outcome of a strategic brief development project for the education faculty of the University of the Western Cape was for the development of the South Campus Education Precinct Project where the faculty was to be relocated to buildings vacated by Chemical Sciences and Computational Sciences when they occupied new buildings, These buildings were built in 1990 and had been empty for some time, with vandalism, theft and water ingress leading to severe deterioration of the building structure .

A full condition assessment was carried out and full refurbishment was carried out with alterations and additions to suit the requirements of the education faculty.

Design, coordination and implementation were carried out collaboratively between GAPP (on overall design, building fabric/structure, facades and first fix services) and Pure Design Interior Architects (responsible for interior layout, final fix services and finishes).

The project was completed in 2 Sections, with FF&E fitout by PDI following completion of construction. Section 1 with full FF&E fitout and Section 2 construction were complete in September 2022.

Client: University of the Western Cape

Location: UWC, Bellville South Campus, Western Cape

Contractor: Ruwacon

Video & images: Ruwacon

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GAPP featured in Leading Architecture & Design

Read the Leading Architecture & Design feature about GAPP's work on the Winchester Mansions Hotel in Sea Point, Cape Town.

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UWC South Campus

Progress at the UWC South Campus project in Bellville.


The history behind the new Winchester Mansions Hotel

Enjoy a peek into the past and present of the Cape Dutch Revival style Winchester Mansions Hotel in the heart of Sea Point in Cape Town, which GAPP has helped refurbish to provide all the modern comforts associated with a contemporary 4-star hotel.

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Erky Wood retires

After four decades of inspirational leadership, the shareholders of GAPP Architects and Urban Designers are sad to announce that Erky Wood is retiring as a Director and shareholder to wind down his daily work load and management commitments to enjoy more leisure time; and to focus on a more selective project portfolio.

We make this announcement with our heartfelt appreciation for his immense contributions to the company, our industry and his unwavering commitment and contribution the urban development community in South Africa.

As a long standing leader of GAPP, he has shaped the face of cities across Africa and contributed to the global practice and knowledge base of urban design. His achievements were recognised in his selection by UDISA to deliver the 2017 Roelof Uytenbogaardt memorial lecture.

While Erky will no longer be involved in the management of GAPP, he will always be part of the GAPP family. He will continue to contribute to GAPP projects in a specialist consulting capacity after his official retirement on 31st May 2021.


Three GAPP projects recognised by Conde Nast traveller awards

GAPP is proud to have helped develop three Singita lodges that were recognised at the recent Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards after more than 700 000 readers were given the opportunity to rate their travel experiences globally.

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Celebrating women in architecture

GAPP Director Barbara Southworth was profiled in Leading Architecture & Design magazine's feature on inspirational women in architecture in celebration of Women's Month. 

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Mpumalanga student wellness centre featured in Pro Landscaper Africa

GAPP's Mpumalanga Student Wellness Centre project at the University of Mpumalangawas was featured in Pro Landscaper Africa in June 2020. GAPP created an integrated mixed-use precinct woven into the existing building fabric of the site, tied together by a public promenade that connects the campus residences and recreational facilities to the new library and administration building.

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Architecture merit award for Britam Tower

GAPP is proud to have received a merit award for architecture for Britam Tower in Nairobi at the Gauteng Institute for Architecture (Gifa) Awards Ceremony. 


GAPP hospitality projects featured in Architectural Digest

Two of GAPP’s recently completed hospitality projects, the Singita Kwitonda Lodge (Situated in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park) and the Singita Sasakwa’s Hillside Suite (Situated in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park) were recently featured in the Architectural Digest. GAPP Architects and Urban Designers would like to congratulate our teams for their breath-taking works of architecture.



2018 SAIA Award of Merit for the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital received a SAIA award of Merit at the SAIA awards dinner held on Friday, 4th May 2018.


Spring Day at the Hugh Wyndham Park, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg

GAPP attended the launch of the Friends of the Hugh Wyndham Park associations' first community function, held on Spring Day in the Hugh Wyndham Park in Dunkeld West, this past weekend.


GAPP's Britam Tower named in the Emporis Skyscraper Award Top 10

Our new flagship building for the British American Insurance Company (Kenya) - BRITAM Tower - designed by GAPP Architects & Urban Designers in collaboration with Triad Architects - has been recognised by Emporis in their Top Ten New Skyscrapers of 2017.


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