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Tshwane Automotive City Precinct Plan Phase 3, Rosslyn, Pretoria

Building a globally competitive & transformative automotive manufacturing city

The Tshwane Automotive City (TAC) project involved a development framework plan, integrated master plan (with the aim to identify three priority nodes) and a precinct plan. 

The direct client was the Automotive Industry Centre (AIDC), a government subsidiary body, with the mandate to primarily provide necessary support to the South African automotive and allied industry in the drive for global competitiveness. 

Arup provided the multidisciplinary technical team of Urban Designers, Logistics Specialists, Transport Engineers and Economists. 

The aim of TAC was to create economic growth for the Gauteng Province and deliver logistical and automotive industry efficiencies, as well attract new local and international investment. 

The Masterplan had highlighted a number of transit oriented development nodes within the 7,500ha TAC development boundary. The Precinct Plan phase of work concentrated on providing a strategic development plan for a new transit oriented development node surrounding the Akasiaboom rail station. This included developing plans and strategies that directed public and private investment to make the vision a reality. 

Project Summary

2 major landowners

14,8hain area

3kmradius of the future logistics hub


TAC is a spatial and economic development concept that is anchored by significant automotive industry players and supported by transport and logistics infrastructure.  It is characterised by a geographical clustering of industries related to the automotive sector.

One of the aims of TAC is to gain the critical mass to unlock the economic benefits of clustering. This includes tax incentives, preferential utilities rates and efficient movement of goods through consolidated transport investment and provision.  

The study area, currently has Nissan, Tata, Iveco, Renault and BMW manufacturing plants. Therefore 1 of the 3 priority precincts highlighted was a logistics hub linked directly to the Transnet freight rail line, at the heart of TAC. Improving the logistical efficiencies of the automotive business will encourage existing companies to expand their footprint and attract new investment into the City. 

However, a city also includes the people. Providing efficient and safe public transport modes, along with housing and is as an important offering in TAC. Therefore, the priority here is the transit oriented development node called the community and civic node. 

Precinct Plan  

The Precinct Plan builds on the ideas and vision of the Masterplan and translates its intent into implementable project programmes. The precinct vision is based on a mixed use precinct creating a transit oriented development within TAC with a central park. 

The Light Manufacture Industrial land use area is directly linked to the future Logistics Hub and has a direct road link to the landfill and the future waste to energy plant. The plant would be strategically located, linked to the surrounding industrial area and the new community and civic precinct could create an interdependent environment. The entire community and civic node is approximately 332ha with 57% of the land owned by the private sector. Enviroserv Waste Management Ltd. owns 43% of the precinct. 

Catalytic projects  

Public or private ‘catalytic’ projects are planned and designed to cause a corresponding and complementary development reaction on surrounding properties. They are projects of sufficient magnitude to stimulate redevelopment of underdeveloped properties. These are seen as activity generators and anchors that encourage surrounding developments through generating successful social and economic activity.  Five potential projects (Akasiaboom station upgrade, TAC Welcome and Information Center, Automotive Education Campus, Tshwane Automotive Museum Center and Waste to Energy Plant) have been identified as catalytic projects. These would have a dramatic impact on the Community and Civic Precinct. Instantly improving the lives of the people within TAC and the surrounding areas.