Conversion and alteration of Hillbrow Health Precinct Mortuary to The Reproductive Health
and HIV Research Institute Research Laboratory, 2010.
The Hillbrow Health Precinct (HHP) comprises an agglomeration of institutional land uses (predominantly health services / facilities and associated laboratories). The land uses and buildings have clustered such that they are inward facing and are isolated from their surroundings. The latter has also prevented the development through-linkages, effectively forming a movement barrier between Hillbrow and Braamfontein (east-west), and to a lesser degree in a north-south direction. Overall the precinct is unintelligible due to building on an ad hoc basis over the past 100 years. The older built fabric is decaying due to a lack of services maintenance.
A significant proportion of buildings are heritage buildings. These cannot be demolished and require to be refurbished before they can be reused to accommodate health related activities and functions. Two buildings, the Medical Physics Building and the Precinct Mortuary have been earmarked for conversion into research and administrative space for the Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit.