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Old October 11th, 2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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#Isango - Mixed use - 6F - Bridge City, Durban

Name: Isango
Location: Bridge City, Durban
Use: Mixed (Commercial office space, retail and residential)

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KZN's Bridge City update
24 August 2009

Residential precinct attracts attention from major property fund - say marketers

With a 40 000sqm shopping centre due to open its doors on 29 October 2009 the 48ha Bridge City mixed-use, town centre development is starting to take shape in the north-west of Durban, just off the KwaMashu Highway adjacent to Phoenix Industrial Park.

Bridge City Mall has secured tenants which include major national retailers and brands such as Shoprite, Spar, Woolworths, Mr Price, Edgars, OK Furniture, KFC and Spur, as well as major banks, while an additional 13 000sqm second phase of retail is also planned.

Now a strategically positioned corner site - Isango (meaning gate or gateway) - comprising a mix of commercial, retail and residential components has been launched to the marketplace. Developed by Kagiso Urban Management, this site is planned for completion at the end of 2011/first quarter of 2012. A major fund has expressed interest in purchasing the residential precinct of this development, currently planned to comprise 300 one and two bedroom units to service rental demand, while 5000sqm of commercial space is under negotiation for a major tertiary education institution.

Comments Taryn Muller, commercial agent for Pam Golding Properties in Durban - marketers of the Isango development: "With high visibility from the KwaMashu Highway (M25) and easy access to major routes including the N2, this prime corner site provides an excellent location and maximum exposure as it is situated right on Bridge City's main activity spine leading to the regional hospital, shopping mall and magistrate's court. It's the gateway to Bridge City and at the first interchange leading from Phoenix Industrial, as well as being just five minutes' walk from the taxi/bus rank and train station, and directly opposite a mixed-use development which includes a petrol filling station."

On this just-launched site over 4 300sqm of retail space and in excess of 15 000sqm of commercial space is available in flexible configurations ranging in size from 100sqm, with ample parking and easy access. GAPP Architects & Urban Designers have focused on an aesthetic, contemporary design with the development separated into three main vertical precincts comprising retail/commercial/hospitality and a private residential precinct. All precincts include individualised, private landscaped courtyards and parking and are connected via pedestrian links.

Says Muller: "Due to its strategic position of Isango, this development has strong appeal for use as corporate offices, call centres, a hotel operator with conferencing, government services and educational centres as well as a vast array of food, retail and supply services located at ground level to cater for businesses, residents and visitors."


Bridge City - a joint venture between eThekwini Municipality and Tongaat Hulett Developments - is a progressive, modern city designed to service a rapidly growing population which includes the nearby areas of Phoenix, Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu. It serves as a link that will integrate and provide economic empowerment to all the local communities and create a new town centre that will be a major asset to the city of Durban.

Coupled with huge infrastructural investment by the city of Durban Bridge City is one of several major renewal projects being undertaken in the area, which include establishment of the KwaMashu Town Centre as an important hub, Inanda Heritage Trail to promote tourism, the Safer Cities Programme which focuses on increased policing, safety in schools and mobilisation of the community against crime, and the P557 Road - construction of a 14km dual carriageway urban arterial that incorporates a new road link over the Umgeni River.

Bridge City's future success is underpinned by its transportation networks and accessibility to taxi, bus and rail, and a management association which will provide round the clock, daily security and cleanliness of urban spaces. Tongaat Hulett Developments' long term vision is that Bridge City is a vibrant, safe and sustainable city centre in which people can work, live and enjoy recreational activities.

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Old October 12th, 2009, 09:37 AM   #3
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WOW! Love the glass and steel look!

Looks better than most of the building in Umhlanga's New Town Centre!! I hope all the other building adopt the same style.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 07:48 PM   #4
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yup and there are few more coming up in Bridge City which are just class! Its a real shining example for Durban and indeed all of Africa of how to upgrade a township area into a fully functioning part of the city
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Old October 13th, 2009, 08:19 AM   #5
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Very impressive, GAPP are guys of details, so most of their designs are quite cool. The core design is very similar to that of what we seeing in UNTC but of a different scale, these seem to be bigger and more "city" like. If this area is going to be full of buildings such as these its going to look great!
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Article in Ilanga newspaper. "Bridge City shopping centre, the largest retail development undertaken by a 100 percent BLACK economic company in KwaZulu-Natal, has been hailed as a model in local economic empowerment... Developers, Crowie Projects spent R550 000 on training 230 previously disadvantaged residents from the Phoenix, Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu area in skills development. The project, which began 17 months ago, created 1500 construction jobs and a further 620 full-time retail jobs. 90 percent of the construction crew was drawn from the local areas. In another first, 10 percent of the ownership of Bridge City will be sold to a community-based trust, thereby empowering the communities it serves..." This is true B.E.E. at work people, I hope other cities like Jo'burg more especially Cape Town can learn from the Durban municipality as to how to develop their Townships instead of sweeping them to the pavements.
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Its great to see the transfer of a portion of the ownership into local hands..

But why when you say Joburg and Cape Town should do this as well, do you put emphasis on Cape Town?... EVERY city should be doing this type of thing.
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