Heini van Niekerk Architects (PTY) Ltd, SACAP Practice Number: PH4763, B-BBEE 4, IPIC Centre, 7 Plein Street, Vredenburg, South Africa, email: iam@heinivanniekerk.com , tel: 079 722 3064, Principle: JH van Niekerk : Professional Architect, PrArch24751285

Residential : Flats

Beach Road : Saldanha Bay : South Africa

A design philosophy was developed which built on a mixture of earlier UDF principles in conjunction with the Scheme Regulations and our proposed UDF proposals brought forward during discussions with Saldanha Bay Municipality in order to achieve a scheme with a strong sense of place whilst creating a sequence of high quality urban spaces linked to create a cohesive scheme in addition to a design that responds well to any integration of the proposed future urban grain of the town and in specific Beach Road, Saldanha Bay.


The Outline Consent established that the principle of residential Development in this highly sustainable beach location and provided the Catalyst for a very exciting opportunity to meet the housing needs of Saldanha Bay in an imaginative manner without the aim of duplicating the unique architectural styles well known to the surrounding towns like Paternos­ter and Langebaan. These towns already have their unique character established and it forms part of their sense of place intertwined with the sense of place they offer to both residents and visitors to these west coast towns.


The proposed built scale was lifted as described above on a small portion of the site as a backdrop to the town after we’ve done our visual impact study on the skyline viewed from the opposite beach front resulting in the proposed massing, creating strong focal reference points within a largely open, green set­ting. By carefully considering  scale the scheme will not only address the major urban edges but also result in spaces between future buildings which have a human scale and introduce variable roofscapes along with seating benches & palm trees to the primary and secondary routes & proposed squares with cycle parking,



Seamus Ward

Michael Evans

Alex Graef