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uwc faculty of community & health sciences

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uwc faculty of community & health sciences

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The revitalization of the ex Jan S Marais Hospital in Bellville CBD marks a remarkable fusion of architectural innovation and social impact. This site, once dilapidated and defaced, has been reincarnated into the cutting-edge Medical Training Facility for the University of the Western Cape (UWC), accommodating crucial departments like Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physiotherapy.

Beyond its architectural significance, this initiative has served as a catalyst for positive change in the area. Not only focused on education, it endeavors to bolster transportation networks, linking the Bellville campus to the CBD seamlessly through enhanced access by trains, buses, and taxis.  

The project’s approval applications triggered the creation of a Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for the neighborhood, extending its scope far beyond the immediate vicinity. The overarching ambition transcends mere physical infrastructure. The project envisions an interdisciplinary hub that amalgamates sports, health sciences, community development, and wellness. This envisioned center strives to leverage sports as a dynamic force for development, fostering peace, health, and social transformation through pioneering research and innovative methodologies.  

This transformation isn’t merely about architectural ingenuity; it embodies the union of academia, community empowerment, and social duty. It stands as a testament to UWC’s dedication to constructing a better society—one founded on excellence, diversity, and societal progress. 

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YEAR

2017

LOCATION

Belville, Cape Town

CLIENT

University of the Western Cape

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