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Mthatha Airport


Contract Value: R 212 018 756.00

Client: Eastern Cape Department of Transport

The Mthatha Airport Upgrade, undertaken for Eastern Cape Department of Public Works, encompassed a comprehensive upgrade and expansion of the existing terminal building, runway and apron areas to accommodate Code C aircraft. The proposed alterations to the terminal building included expansion to a total floor area of 2510 Sq m, remodelling of the check-in, baggage handling and security check areas and the construction of a new roof. A new Car Rental facility and upgrades to other existing airport buildings.Ikemeleng Architects worked on this project in joint venture an East London-based practice.

ORTIA Western Precinct


Contract Value: R7.6 Billion

Client: Airports Company South Africa

As an extension of our work on the O. R. Tambo Master Coordination Plan, Ikemeleng prepared an Urban Development Framework for a proposed commercial development adjoining the existing Western Terminal Precinct at O. R. Tambo International Airport. The framework focused on 7 hectares of developable land located in a series of islands enclosed within the terminal’s access road system. The proposed development comprises the decking of these land parcels to form an artificial ground plane for a proposed mixed-use precinct, laid out on the principles of New Urbanism, connecting directly to the retail mezzanine of the terminal buildings, and to the airport’s Gautrain Station. The proposed development comprises 220 000m2 total bulk, including retail, offices, hotels and a convention centre, as well as 5400 new parking bays.

O. R. Tambo Terminal A Refurbishment


Contract Value: Undisclosed

Client: Airports Company South Africa

This project comprises the refurbishment and redevelopment of the existing 6-level International Terminal A at O R Tambo, including implementation of new ambiance aesthetics. The Terminal A project also includes three sub-projects. The O. R. Tambo International Airport Smart Security Pilot Project, encompasses the implementation of a smart security checkpoint that digitises the security check process, speeds up passenger progress through security and further enhances security through use of state-of-the-art scanners.


The O. R. Tambo International Airport Terminal A Security Rebalance comprises a new passenger walkway linking the Terminal A check-in hall to the CTB Security Area, to alleviate peak hour congestion at security checkpoints. The O. R. Tambo International Airport Terminal A Transit Security Reconfiguration comprises the relocation of the existing Transit Security Area to the existing CTB Security Area.

O. R. Tambo Master Coordination Plan


Contract Value: Multi Billion

Client: Airports Company South Africa

As part of our work on O. R. Tambo’s Midfield Development, Ikemeleng, working in joint venture with Osmond Lange, also developed a Master Coordination Plan (MCP) for the non-aeronautical land adjoining the airport. The MCP identified a number of Aerotropolis precincts surrounding the ORTIA site.

Based upon the location of each precinct, a core focus was assigned which in turn determined a development vision and rationale for the particular precinct. A spatial logic was built up, whereby primary commercial precincts were earmarked immediately adjacent to the two passenger terminal precincts (Western precinct and Midfield/Southern precinct), a proposed Industrial Development Zone adjacent to the new Midfield Cargo precinct, and a series of secondary commercial precincts located along the proposed ORTIA connectivity ring accommodating complimentary and subsidiary land uses.


These secondary commercial precincts are located both on ACSA-owned land (Northern, Denel and Jones Road precincts) and privately-owned land (Rhodesfield, Lancaster Park, SAA Technical, Emperors). The MCP covered more than 1200 hectares of developable land, identifying opportunities for the development of up to 4 000 000m2 of bulk within the proposed Airport City.

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