Development of Cape Town’s ecofriendly Blue Rock Village under way

Property development and management company Swisatec is developing the R14-billion mixed-use Blue Rock Village in Cape Town as an upgrade to the existing Blue Rock Resort, incorporating various green aspects.

The development is a ten-year project, with the first phase of 32 apartments – known as Giovanni’s House – already up for sale, with construction set to start in August.

Phase 2 will follow thereafter, also with 32 apartments. Units for both phases are priced from R3.4-million.
Blue Rock Village is being developed according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standard, which established a solid set of benchmarks.

Swisatec is using solar photovoltaic energy to meet the bulk of its energy demand. It is also developing public transport facilities as part of its car-free living concept.

There is water recycling and insulation technologies are used in apartments to ensure moderate temperatures in winter and summer, as well as a degree of noise attenuation and dust control.

The lake has a depth of up to 60 m, which used to be a quarry site, in which skiing and scuba- diving are frequently facilitated.
“The property is strategically located, in close proximity to Gordon’s Bay, the Strand, Somerset West and Grabouw, as well the N2,” says Lukas Reichmuth.
The required upgrades will also serve to provide improved access to the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Plans for Blue Rock Village include a multifunctional lifestyle centre in the development, medical centres, boutiques, a college training centre, nurseries, restaurants and cafes.
Linked to the centre is a hotel and conference centre, as well as a spa and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

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