TWOSA and DTST made the cover of the Tygerburger featuring the Inauguration of the Waterfront Bridge. 

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Article written by Nielen De Klerk

Tyger Waterfront visitors can finally walk all around the the edge of the water unhindered after the new Waterfront Bridge was opened recently.

The bridge was celebrated at a function held last Friday where stakeholders ceremoniously smashed a bottle of champagne beneath the platform, thereby declaring it officially open.

The Tyger Waterfront was started 15 years ago, explains Johan Loubser, director principal of De Tijger Sectional Title (DTST).  At the start of the construction in the area regulations required water-facing business to each develop the boardwalk adjacent to their properties to create a link between all these business and an integrated pedestrian environment.

“The challenge in creating an integrated walkway all around has unfortunately always been the position where the weir or concrete wall is situated, explains Piet Badenhorst, chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Tyger Waterfront Owners’ Sub Association (TWOSA).

“This created a horse shoe type walkway and meant that people working in The Edge building wanting to visit The Copper Club had to walk all the way around the lake. This challenge was amicably resolved when agreement was reached between TWOSA and Omnigro when Ian Odendaal, managing director of Omnigro and Omnigro Investments, the developer of The Edge building, agreed to initiate the design and construction of the bridge by contributing a major portion of the costs in this joint venture.”

Caption: Piet Badenhorst (right), chairperson of the board of trustees of the Tyger Waterfront Owner’s Sub Association (TWOSA) shakes the hand of Ian Odendaal,  managing director of Omnicape Investments, the developer of the Edge building. Regulations at the Waterfront required water-facing businesses to develop the boardwalk in front of them, slowly creating a link between all the businesses. As The Edge was the last edition in this chain, its’ developers were also responsible for the bridge.

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Regulations that were initiated at the start of construction in the area required water-facing businesses to develop the boardwalk in front of them, slowly creating a link between all the businesses, instead of building all the way around at once.

This has meant there has always been two parts of the Waterfront and moving from one to the other was only possible via vehicle.

When the Waterfront’s newest building, The Edge was opened, it became the last edition in this chain and its’ developers were also responsible for the bridge’s construction.

The bridge was developed by engineers AECOM and the bulk of its’ construction was done off-site. Once the different pieces were constructed they were brought to the Waterfront where they were assembled.