A report on a heritage impact assessment for the development of a place of public worship on Portions 3 and 4 of Erf 572, and Portion 2 and 6 of Erf 573, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng Province, and the subsequent approval to demolish current buildings on these sitesSummary

Archaetnos cc was appointed by Agape CWC to conduct a heritage impact assessment for the building of a place of worship on portions 3 and 4 of erf 572, and portion 2 and 6 of erf 573, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng Province. The development would also necessitate that current buildings on the site be demolished.
The fieldwork undertaken revealed five building older than 60 years on the premises. These are the main house, two cottages, an outbuilding and a garage. Some other structures on site are younger than 60 years and therefore has no heritage significance.

The main house and Cottage no. 1 receives a medium cultural significance. This is due to the street façade being lost, recent changes made to these buildings as well as damage thereto. For the same reasons, the garage, outbuilding and Cottage no. 2 received a low cultural significance, mainly due to the fact that the changes to these has been far more significant. The buildings itself are not unique examples of a specific architectural style, and although it has a few nice features, there are far better examples in Arcadia.
Mitigation is however required. This is limited to the following:
 That a detailed Phase 2 documentation be done of all five buildings. This should include line drawings and photographs of architectural features.
 That usable material be retained and stored to be used elsewhere when restoration of buildings from this time is done.
The applicable social consultation has also been done, consisting of site notices and newspaper advertisements. No comments were received.
It is therefore recommended that the HIA be approved and that a demolition approval be granted by the Provincial Heritage Resources Agency of Gauteng (PHRA-G) on receival of the Phase II report.

Report by

Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)