Faraday station, in the southeastern part of Johannesburg, was formerly an area of significant decay but, with the completion of the Faraday Station Precinct, the area marks yet another milestone in the city’s regeneration campaign.
Business Plan, Novemeber 2001
Urban Design Plan, Novemeber 2001
Formulation Phase Needs Analysis, Novemeber 2001
Faraday Market has been subdivided into five blocks:
- Block A is the administration centre;
- Blocks B and E are occupied by muti traders and traditional healers;
- Block C has more formal shops; and
- Block D is reserved for informal traders.
The multi-million Rand “Special Facilities Project” improvements by the JDA included:
- Facilities for commuters, taxi operators and drivers;
- A market for traditional medicines and consulting and treatment rooms for traditional healers;
- A general informal trading market;
- A precinct or neighbourhood centre including offices for precinct management, meeting and training rooms for health workers and for environment and conservation, and a visitors’ and security centre;
- Public open space with a small retail component;
- Environmental upgrade of existing pavements and provision of new pedestrian spaces, safety measures and amenities; and
- An impressive array of public art adorns the buildings including innovative mosaic work and imposing hand-made steel gates and doors.
The taxi rank can accommodate more than 250 vehicles and serve a significant number of commuters each day. In line with the City Council’s and JDA’s requirement to take holding and ranking taxis off the streets and traders off the pavements, one of the main considerations in the design of the special facility was to create appropriate formal accommodation for taxi operators.
The allocated taxi holding area also has a formal space for the preparation of food. The taxi rank is designed on a larger scale. Graceful steel-framed structures with curved galvanised IBR roofs shelter the ranking lanes between pavement platforms. The building straddles a broad walkway that links the new market, through the taxi rank, to the area beneath the motorway where trading was once conducted.
The muti market