In 1995 the historic decision was taken to locate the Constitutional Court of South Africa, as well as its supporting institutions, in Johannesburg’s inner city within a heritage site made up of the Johannesburg Fort and the complex of prison buildings that surround it.
The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) was appointed in 2000 to manage what came to be known as the Constitution Hill Development Project. The remit of this project was to oversee the design and development of the Constitutional Court as well the development of the heritage, education, tourism and commercial components into a high profile, multi-use campus.
The original objectives of Constitution Hill were focused on the development of the site, including a Justice Precinct with uses such as retail, hospitality, commercial and residential developments appropriate to Constitution Hill.
The Constitutional Hill Development Company SOE (CHDC) was formed to complete the development of the Justice Precinct. The original concept contained in the Constitution Hill Business Plan was for the Development Blocks (Land Parcels B to E) and residential buildings to be sold or leased and the income from these blocks to be used to finance the ongoing heritage, education and tourism work of the site, as well as the maintenance thereof. The idea was that the sites would host facilities that were complementary to the human rights nature of the site, such as law offices, residential apartments, restaurants and hotels.
ETL is currently appointed by the Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency to conduct the Feasibility Study on this project with the aim of achieving the above objective. It is envisaged that the project would trigger the PPP procurement protocol as set out in National Treasury PPP Manual, Module 4.