NMMU Second Avenue Campus Development Gets Green Light

NOVEMBER 26, 2014

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Human Settlements Committee has approved an application from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) for the development of part of its Second Avenue, Summerstrand Campus currently used as a sportsfield.

The university states in its application for Council’s Special Consent that the proposed use of the property “is aimed at providing the students residing and academic staff employed on the Second Avenue Campus with a ‘one-stop facility’ catering for all needs”.

The development will include a multi-purpose academic node covering 2.6 hectares and including computer labs; places of instruction and assembly; student recreation; students resource facility; student counselling, offices and administration.

The development also includes a Student Lifestyle Centre with food and domestic retail; pharmaceutical and medical; electronic and IT retails; student and staff laundry; gymnasium and health bar as well as a travel agency and banking and financial facilities.

The university plans to provide residential accommodation for visiting lecturers and post-graduate and doctoral students on 1.9 hectares, as well as group residential with the units to be marketed as a “life right” the committee having placed restrictions with regard to density on this element of the whole development.

In its comments on the proposed development, the Spatial Planning sub-directorate points out that it is in line with the proposals contained in the approved Happy Valley Local Spatial Development Framework.

Spatial Planning explains that the proposed development stems from the amalgamation of the former tertiary institutions to become NMMU meant the maintenance and management of various facilities “became costly and ineffective, as each institution previously had its own facilities”.

The university, it adds, intends to centralise a sport facility hub on South Cam-pus which has sufficient facilities to cater for the students’ needs. -MetroMinutes