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Volume 23, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



A heritage impact assessment for the proposed development of the former Produce Market in Newtown, Johannesburg, was approved by the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) in 2009. A heritage management plan was adopted in 2011 which outlined the conceptual approach to adaptive reuse and restoration of heritage resources on the site, including the potato sheds and the steel bridge, and became the base set of guidelines for the duration of this project. In 2013 the potato sheds were incorporated into a new mixed-use development (comprising a shopping centre, office space and a parking basement) - Newtown Junction - which involved a rigorous restoration process and significant efforts to acknowledge its original trading function while maintaining its heritage reputation. At the same time, plans were made to restore the steel bridge and to open it to the public, linking the new retail development to the upper level of the Market Theatre. The project saw the design team adopt a hybrid approach consisting of partial restoration, partial replacement and partial additional strengthening.

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