It will be working with the Department of Arts & Culture to transform the Hillbrow district into a cultural hub for the region.
Restoration of the Windybrow Theatre, a national monument in one of the city’s most poverty-stricken neighbourhoods is the first stage in a four-year plan to rejuvenate the area. The colonial building, originally built in 1886 during the South African gold rush, will be refurbished to modern sustainability standards using Passivhaus principles.
Three adjoining historical buildings will also be restored to create a ‘cultural precinct’ for arts and community activity. The local drainage system will be upgraded and a number of streets will be pedestrianised in order to improve safety and accessibility. The site will also feature a hydroponics bay where residents can buy, sell and grow local produce.
The project will be completed by 2014.