Blue Route Mall – A green guide for responsible urban development

South Africa’s largest sustainable urban drainage system and permeable paving project was completed in Cape Town.

South Africa’s largest sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) and permeable paving project to date was completed in August 2013 at a new Cape Town shopping center, Blue Route Mall. Located in Tokai and spanning some 45,000 m² of combined parking and drainage area, the development complies with the City’s Management of Urban Stormwater Impacts Policy which aims to reduce the negative impact of impermeable surfaces on aquatic ecosystems.

These measures are referred to in the Policy as Best Management Practices (BMPs) and they fall into two groups, Structural Controls and Non-structural...

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