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Simon's Town Heritage Advisory Committee

Guidelines for the Conservation and Development of the Simon's Town Conservation Area

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General Principles (construction)


Scale, proportions, bulk, massing and levels of detail of roofs need to be consistent with the existing buildings in the street and reinforce the historic precedent of the Heritage Area. A key element unifying Simon's Town is the pattern of double pitched roofs with verandas and lean-to additions and a limited usage of materials and colours. This pattern is to be followed in new buildings.


Roofs are to be double-pitched, minimum 25 degrees and maximum 40 degrees.

If wider sections than 6 metres are required (Section 5.5) lean-to additions must be used. Roof pitches can range from 5 degrees to 15 degrees.

Lean-to elements should be subsidiary to its main pitched roof.

Different kinds of roofs could have different materials. For example the main roof could be slate and the verandah could be corrugated iron.

Simple gabled or hipped ends to roofs are to be used.
Roofs must be of Victorian profile painted corrugated sheeting or of slate or fibre cement shingle.

Colours are to be in the grey and black range.

Flat roofs can be used if screened by a parapet.

A limited range of traditional roofing materials has been used, typically painted corrugated iron or slate.

Double pitch with lean - to
Lean - to's are subsidiary elements
Dormers max. 1/4 of roof area



scaleWalls in Simon's Town are mostly of plastered and light painted masonry although stone was widely used for plinths and basement levels.

With most sites being steeply sloping, a stone-faced basement plinth can reduce the impression of height.

Dark coloured rough plaster can achieve the same effect.


Walls are to be painted and plastered masonry.

Painted shiplap boarding is allowed for subsidiary elements.

Natural stone may be used for plinths.

Verandahs & Balconies

Many buildings in Heritage Ares have balconies and verandahs. These areas are designed as private outdoor spaces that are protected from the weather and from which views and fresh air can be enjoyed. They are regarded as important design elements with specific characteristics that make them different from the rest of the building. The enclosure of balconies and verandahs is generally not supported as this has a negative impact on the identified character of the building and Heritage Area.

If enclosure is necessary, the following points should be followed:


The enclosure should be as lightweight and transparent as possible, for example timber or metal frames with glass infill panels to reflect that it was an 'open' space.

The new enclosed spaces should be designed as general living spaces such as living rooms or studies. These spaces are more suited to lightweight, transparent enclosures than bathrooms or bedrooms that require more privacy.

The frames and glazing of the enclosure should be designed so that they can be fitted behind the existing structure. Enclosures can be recessed to let the original stoep predominate.

The frames used for the enclosure should match the materials of the windows of the historic structure.

Complex designs and structures that enclose a verandah at awkward angles should be avoided.



Water supply and drainage pipes must be fully concealed.

Rainwater downpipes must be carefully placed and finished to tone in with walls.

Electronics etc. to be inconspicuous
Plumbing to be concealed


Radio and TV, Solar Panels, Telephone and Electrical Services, Satellite Dishes, Lift Shafts, Funiculars, Cell & Radio Masts and Wind Turbines

These elements detract from the simple clean lines of the building forms and must be as inconspicuous as possible.


All such electronic devices must be carefully placed in relation to the form of the building.

Solar panels must be flush with the roof and as inconspicuous as possible.

Telephone and electrical cables must be underground and built into the building.

Lift shafts may not project above the roof line.


scaleThe visual impact of poorly stabilized slopes and excessively high or long retaining walls is of concern.


Exposed cut and fill slopes are to be stabilised with dry pack
stone walls and vegetation.

Retaining walls must not exceed 2 meters in height and 10
meters in length.

Gabion retaining systems, without stepping or with gabions back a maximum of 50mm, may be used but are also not to exceed 2 meters in height and 10 meters in length.

Connection with ground



no columns, etc,

no stilts
no huge fills
stepped rusticated base