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Developments For 2021 And Beyond

Mixed-use developments continue to grow in popularity in South Africa – and there are plenty more in the pipeline for 2021 and beyond. By Trevor Crighton.

Sandton Gate, Johannesburg

Phase One of the Sandton Gate development has been completed, with the second of six phases set to rollout shortly. The first phase includes 15 500m2 of commercial space, 13 000m2 of premium-grade office space and a
2 500m2 Planet Fitness gym positioned on the piazza level of the building.

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has also earmarked the R3-billion eco-city as a pilot project for one of the first green-rated precincts in South Africa.

Abland MD Jurgens Prinsloo is quoted as having said that the project won’t ignore road upgrades, due to its size. “Abland undertook extensive traffic impact assessments to get an idea of the traffic impact once the project is complete. Ultimately, there are seven substantial upgrades that we’re doing ranging from the Peter Place intersection, Republic intersection, Mattie intersection, Sandton Drive and William Nicol,” he said.

Sir Lowry Square, Cape Town

Sir Lowry Square

The construction of Sir Lowry Square from May 2021 will deliver a 22 000m2 mixed-use development to knit together Woodstock and the Cape Town CBD with 5 000m2 of retail shops, a Radisson Hotel and 204 apartments.

This R800-million development will encompass an entire city block between Sir Lowry Road, Russel Street, Francis Street and Basket Lane, with apartments and a Radisson Luxury Hotel sitting atop two floors of retail, including Pick n Pay, Clicks, local boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops.

It will house a fitness and yoga studio, laundromat facilities and secure basement parking. There’ll be a pet-friendly, tree-lined central courtyard, and on the fifth floor, a rooftop terrace with a lap pool, lounge, snack bar and panoramic views of the city, serviced by the Radisson Hotel, for both guests and residents.

Wharfside, Durban Point

Wharfside, Durban Point

Durban’s Point area is getting a major development boost with a R270-million mixed-use co-development, Wharfside. Situated within walking distance of the newly commissioned beachfront promenade, uShaka Marine World, and pending MSC Cruise Liner passenger terminal and “Durban Eye” Ferris wheel attraction, the 7 500m2 mixed-use development delivers 111 apartments and a ground floor retail space.

FWJK director: developments Daniel Gardener says that Wharfside will play a crucial role in uplifting the Point area, aligning with the City’s planned revival of the precinct. “The development will respond to a healthy growing demand for contemporary, secure accommodation within the Durban Point Waterfront and offer property investors a unique opportunity to invest at cost price into a flagship residential property development in the area.” 

Cornubia, Kwazulu-Natal

Cornubia is a strategically located development in the northern corridor of Durban, approximately 17 kilometres from the CBD and 7 kilometres south of King Shaka International Airport along the N2 highway.

The project was spearheaded through a partnership between eThekwini Municipality and Tongaat Hulett Developments. 

Already under development with significant investment (total investment value R25-billion), this urban node is a 1 300-hectare mixed-use, mixed-income development, incorporating industrial, commercial, residential and open space uses. It includes the provision of social facilities to service the residential neighbourhoods.

Phase one of the housing is complete expect for social facilities, which are currently under construction, and some commercial and retail developments have been completed. Phase two of the housing is currently in planning.

Cornubia, Kwazulu-Natal
Sandton Gate, Johannesburg

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