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NAMIBIA | Swakopmund | Bahnhof Square and Lifestyle Centre | 180,000 sqm | OMG | Proposed
Swakopmund — A massive development to be known as Bahnhof Square and Lifestyle Centre is planned for Swakopmund.
The development, which is set to transform the façade of Swakopmund, could come to fruition as early as 2017 if the assurance of developers, Steven Skoppelitus and Paulo Shipoke, of Stark Property Development CC, is anything to go by.
Construction commences next year with work on a 16000 square-metre piece of land spread across two large plots measuring well over 180000 square metres. This first for Swakopmund will also re-write the history books of Namibian shopping and lifestyle design centres.
By its sheer size, the Bahnhof project will unseat the Maerua Mall in Windhoek, which covers 40000 square metres, by a whopping 120000 square metres - nearly three times - to officially become the largest lifestyle and shopping mall development in Namibia and the only one of its size outside the capital Windhoek.
The first phase of the project will be the 16000 square-metre development, west of Moses Garoëb Street, next to the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre, followed by a 162000-square-metre development east of Moses Garoëb Street. This particular area is currently home to the town's railway station.
The development is in partnership with TransNamib Holdings, on whose land the gigantic shopping and lifestyle centre will be situated. Stark Property Development has signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect, although the company is keeping details of the agreement confidential.
"Complete with greenery, the developers have themed their dream project around contemporary urban designs that will take into consideration the town's architectural themes and traditions and create additional vibrancy, shopping experience and excellent leisure activities for the residents of Swakopmund, while transforming idle TransNamib land into valuable, high-earning assets," say the developers.
The complex, once complete, will have the country's first insulated train station modelled after New York Central Park Station and Piccadilly Square, where current passenger and tourist train schedule service operated by TransNamib from the town will board within the complex. The developers intend to integrate the new station into the complex.
"We are happy to inform you that it is no longer a dream or a vision, it is a reality, we will do it and, yes, we can," says part director of Stark Property, Skoppelitus.
The developers say this is a multi-billion-dollar development, although they are unable to give exact figures arguing that the project is in its preliminary stages with professional teams of architects, engineers, planners and quantity surveyors working around the clock to complete the costing factors. The company has earmarked another TransNamib piece of land at Grootfontein to develop another shopping complex.
Shipoke said the company is bent on improving livelihoods in Namibia, as the investments will not only create jobs but also contribute greatly to the aesthetics of Namibia's