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The Fields development, Hatfield, Pretoria

The Fields development is at the centre of the urban renewal process in the Hatfield precinct, and consists of three residential blocks, a City Lodge hotel, an eight-level office block, and a retail space with basement parking.

Bullet Location: Hatfield Pretoria
Bullet Client: City Property
Bullet Role: civil and structural engineering

WSP was appointed to provide structural, civil and mechanical engineering services for The Fields development project. The development comprises three phases constructed over a period of eight years.

We were involved in all three phases of the project, including high level masterplanning, six new buildings and four building refurbishments.

Phase 1 consisted of 640 units across three residential blocks varying between seven and 12 floors, with a 4,000m² ground floor retail offering, all on a two-level super basement

A 184-key City Lodge formed the basis of the Phase 2a development. There was also an eight-level office block of 5,700m² commercial space, over a four-level basement designed to fully integrate with the Phase 1 basement. Phase 2b, the final building constructed on the precinct, comprises a further 150 residential units.

To optimise space for the basement parking, the ground floor retail and upper level residential and hotel components, two grid systems were settled upon. These were separated by a transfer system at first floor.

Owing to the site orientation and subsequent misaligned geometry, in several cases conventional transfer beams proved too costly and intricate. Consequently, a series of transfer slabs were used, varying between 1.0 and 1.5m thick. The casting of the slabs was meticulously planned with batch plant and supply back-ups. The University of the Witwatersrand was approached to monitor the temperature differentials across the slab section to guard against cracking.

This regeneration has vastly enhanced the value and status of the node and kick-started further development.


  • Structural engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering (Phase 2a and 2b only)
  • Construction management