The Verkykerskop Development Consortium representing all the land owners in and around the Verkykerskop village are realising their vision of establishing the existing rural settlement into a proclaimed township making provision for village stands, agricultural plots, an equestrian and recreational facility and commercial services. The country village is set within a 700 ha working farm and conservation area and accommodates 300 residential stands, a small commercial and an agric-industrial area.
Unique to this development is the introduction of the “new urbanism” concept in township planning and specification. This means that not only is the layout of the village and rural surrounds pre-planned with the focus on environmental integration and liveability, but the style and placement of buildings on each stand and precinct has to fit the overall concept.
A multi-disciplinary team of consultants were appointed to take care of the town planning and approval of a Rural Spatial Development Plan, an Environmental Framework, which included township establishment, obtaining an integrated water use license, design of all civil and electrical services and common amenities. Water would be provided from a new 300 000 m3 dam to be built.
Lidwala was responsible for the engineering designs and project management. As project manager, Lidwala appointed all the specialists and thus carried the overall risk for the project development phase. The client received a full one-stop service from Lidwala.