WALK THIS WAY As part of ongoing upgrades at the University of Pretoria, Outline Landscape Architects created a stunning promenade that gives students a sense of arrival at their new, state-of-the-art dining hall
his project entailed the development of a new dining hall at the University of Pretoria on the Hillcrest campus. Previously, each residence on the campus had its own communal dining hall and canteen or kitchen. It was decided to consolidate the facilities into a larger, state-ofthe-art dining hall offering a variety of meals, from fast-food to traditional home-cooked fare. Outline Landscape Architects was appointed at the initiation phase and was involved through to the site supervision and completion of the project. The landscape project went out to tender, with Greenacres Landscapes as the successful bidder. The brief to Outline
Landscape Architects was to create a walkway for cyclists and pedestrians, connecting existing residences to the dining hall. Seating areas and waiting nodes had to be incorporated as well as trees for shade along the 350m long, 8m wide promenade. A piazza area was required for students to gather that could also be used as a spill-out area when the dining hall was required for functions. The TuksMonate Dining Hall project placed an emphasis on the importance of green open spaces in a campus environment. The University of Pretoria is looking to upgrade a number of its facilities, placing utmost importance on safe outdoor areas for students to enjoy.
Pro Landscaper Africa / November/December 2015
A major attribute of the promenade is that it is a comfortable walkway that guides students to the dining hall, which is an integral part of studentsâ€™ everyday life. The walkway is lined with shady trees and a wide variety of plants. Seating areas, litter bins and cigarette bins have also been provided and LED strip lights create a sense of security. Outline Landscape Architectsâ€™ design philosophy focused on creating interest, surprise, and a sense of arrival. A total of 190 indigenous trees were planted and a bio-swale allows water retention and also provides specific microclimates. The 1,800m2 piazza provides a formal outdoor space for gatherings and www.prolandscaper.co.za