2010 Soccer World Cup generates the reconstruction of the Green Point Common in Cape Town
Green Point Common has played an important role throughout Cape Town’s recorded history of over 350 years. Diverse uses have ranged from grazing of livestock, horse-racing events, the staging of sailing regattas in the seasonal wetland in winter and, more infamously, the housing of the British prisoner-of-war camp of Boer women and children during the Anglo-Boer War.
Green Point Common has always been an important location for a range of activities; namely rugby, soccer, golfing, cricket, athletics, cycling, the Sunday Flea Market, and recently the City’s venue for hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
By the turn of the 21st century, the Common consisted mostly of dedicated sports facilities, many of which were dilapidated and neglected. A myriad of sports fields were separated by fences of all descriptions, limiting public access through the Common and impeding flexibility of movement. The term 'common' had become a misnomer.
The advent of planning and building the new 2010 Cape Town Soccer Stadium on the Green Point Common became the catalyst to realise the City of Cape Town’s long-standing objective; to transform what had become a dysfunctional public open space into a vibrant public amenity and destination point for the people of the Cape Metropole, through the construction of a high quality, multi-functional and accessible park, stadium and sports facilities that will contribute to the identity and overall regeneration of the city centre and surrounds.
This project reached completion in July 2010. OvP was responsible for the master-planning and reconfiguration of the precinct to accommodate the various recreational uses; as well as the detail design and implementation supervision of the forecourts around the stadium, the sustainability-driven Green Point Urban Park, and interconnections to the surrounding urban fabric, the redeveloped waterfront and city centre.