Housing and Community Infrastructure
Housing and community infrastructure is a related service within the integrated infrastructure sector – a market leader in the planning , design and delivery of infrastructure solution projects throughout South Africa and Africa.
Southern Africa faces a huge backlog in the provision of safe and secure housing for persons who have never had the opportunity of owning their own home. This will remain a major challenge as long as we have rapid population growth and urbanisation in our country. To address this, Local Government as well as their implementing agents can access Department of Housing subsidy funding.
The GIBB team includes housing practitioners and engineers with extensive experience in applying for government housing subsidies as well as in the management of such funds once the project is registered on the Housing Subsidy System. GIBB can assist its clients with the coordination and sourcing of required supporting information.
Identify the best housing options for a specific community, taking into account social and economic dynamics.
Identify the best housing funding programme to apply for.
Facilitate the development of integrated human settlements in well-located areas.
Provision of housing opportunities with access to urban amenities, including job opportunities.
Ensure adequate information to support decision making process.
Planning and execution of budget expenditure in line with annual financial year targets.
Selected Project Experience
City of Cape Town
Western Cape, South Africa
The project entailed the upgrading of Informal Settlements and Consolidation Programmes (UISP). GIBB was appointed for the project management of the component of the Happy Valley – UISP Project. The project included the bulk and internal servicing of 1 452 erven. GIBB also assisted the client to review designs, undertake contract administration and site monitoring.
Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate is a 780 ha upmarket golf, wildlife and residential estate set in the beauty and serenity of Africa’s open grasslands, close to Johannesburg.
The estate is designed to eventually house 1 700 residences, an equestrian centre, a luxury health and wellness centre, a 340 ha conservation area with wildlife, a village square with restaurants, entertainment and retail stores as well as a luxury resort hotel.
GIBB’s task was to design the estate houses with standards and detail which reflect a reference to the natural surrounding landscape and heritage context while providing luxury, comfort and relaxed liveability.
The Tramway Road Community Trust
Cape Town, South Africa
GIBB, together with ACG Architects, were involved in the design and development of this property in Cape Town. This property development consists of 75 units which include 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units, as well as penthouses and maisonettes, both with designated swimming pools and some with private gardens.
There is basement parking for the entire development. Designed on contemporary lines with bespoke finishes, the units have orchard, mountain and sea views. Additionally, there is state of the art security, Wi-Fi, a fitness room, braai area and a heated swimming pool for the complex.
Gauteng Department of Housing
Gauteng, South Africa
GIBB, together with ACG Architects, was tasked to lead a multi-discipline team whose primary role was to assist the Department on its housing delivery objective.
Services included: township establishment; aerial photography, topographical surveys; feasibility studies; land purchase; EIA Scoping; NHBRC Phase 1 and 2 geotechnical investigations; preparation of house plans and procurement documentation; preliminary and detailed engineering designs (including water, sanitation, roads and stormwater); foundation design and specifications; environmental and safety control during construction; construction supervision and monitoring; liaison with the Department, consultants and communities, and partaking in PRT evaluation workshops.