A report on a basic assessment for proposed residential development
on erf 1483, erf 1299 and the remaining extent of erf 453 in Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng


Archaetnos cc was appointed by Urban Nest to conduct a Basic Assessment (including a desktop study) on Erven 1483, 1299 and the Remaining Extent of Erf 453 in Arcadia, Pretoria. The American School is currently located on these properties that are for sale and Urban Nest is planning to obtain these for the development of student accommodation and related infrastructure here. They appointed Archaetnos cc to conduct this study in an early stage of their development plans in order for them to make informed decisions on the way forward, including recommendations regarding possible mitigation measures should the planned development go ahead.

Based on this basic assessment, which included a superficial assessment of the structures located here, it is clear that some of the buildings here are older than 60 years of age and has some degree of heritage significance. Recent changes to the structures have however diminished their significance. Therefore although there will be a direct impact on the heritage resources by the future development, the impacts will be minimal and would be possible to mitigate. It is our opinion therefore that the development can continue and that the mitigation measures that are recommended at the end of this report will actually add value to the development.

Report by

A.J. Pelser - Accredited member of ASAPA