P.E.’s Parliament Street Takes On A New Look

Port Elizabeth Central’s 145 year old Parliament Street, named after the first sitting of Parliament in the Cape, has undergone an extensive transformation to reclaim its place as a safe, secure and attractive centre for user-friendly entertainment and late-night street dining, a first in Port Elizabeth, popularised in France, Spain and other Mediterranean countries.

The upgrade, undertaken by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, included the widening of the pavements for restaurant and café tables, the planting of indigenous trees to beautify and add green to the area, and the installation of aesthetically pleasing street lighting that blends with the eclectic atmosphere, and simultaneously provides a safer, brighter and more pedestrian-friendly street.

BEKA’s HESTIA, designed for the lighting of prestigious roads where performance, light pollution and aesthetic considerations are important factors, was utilised for this trendy project.

The cosmopolitan ambience flowing from this street is enhanced by using 91 HESTIA MINI 150W MH luminaires mounted on 25 single and 33 split-level continuously tapered curved steel poles. This design blends together the stylish curves of the paving and decorative balls used by the professional team to integrate the street and the pavement, whilst keeping it pedestrian-friendly.

The widening of pavements resulted in an eclectic mix of restaurants, coffee shops and bars, which rub shoulders with other small businesses, giving patrons the opportunity to eat and drink Alfresco, ultimately adding to the festive atmosphere.

Parliament Street is part of the MBDA’s urban renewal master plan, which has already seen Govan Mbeki Avenue become pedestrian-friendly. These streets are among the first projects completed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and furthermore to serve as entertainment and tourist hubs as part of the continuing efforts of NMBM to regenerate parts of the city which have fallen into a state of urban decay.

BEKA is once again proud of the association, technical input and support supplied to the professional team, consisting of The Matrix Architects, CA Du Toit Consulting Engineers and the NMBM Electrical Department.

For more information, contact Deon Maritz at 041 373 3886 or BEKA Head Office at 011 238 0000 or info@beka-schreder.co.za