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Old August 6th, 2005, 04:13 PM   #1
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Huge Development Adjacent to Durban CBD! (SOUTH AFRICA)

NAME: Durban Point redevelopment
LOCATION: Adjacent to Durban's city centre
STATUS: Under redevelopment
HEIGHT: Buildings from homes/townhouses to 40F towers
USE: Residential, Commercial/Retail, Public use (uShaka Marine World)

Located at the entrance to the busiest port in Africa, the Durban Point Waterfront is one of South Africa's most significant and exciting property development and investment projects.

Destined to become one of Durban's most prestigious addresses, and a key tourist attraction, the Durban Point Waterfront is rapidly transforming from a previously run down precinct into a multi billion Rand property showcase.

The first phase of 14 mixed use apartment, entertainment and retail complexes are scheduled for completion from 2005 onwards.

History and Plans
Durban Point is one of Durban's most historic and significant urban quarters. It has a superb location and enjoys access to a range of modes of movement including pedestrian, road, rail and sea and therefore has local, national and international connections.

Over the years Durban Point has been subject to creeping blight that has left it largely abandoned and vacant. Paradoxically it represents one of the most under-utilised assets within the city.

Intentions to revitalise the area have been mooted for several decades and it is only now, in 2003, that it will finally be undergoing significant redevelopment. Much of the renewed impetus for this initiative has been the implementation of the uShaka Marine World project. This "must-see-must-do" attraction was consciously targeted at creating a development impetus for the city, and Durban Point in particular, and is regarded as the catalytic project for the 55ha Durban Point site.

The trigger for the development of Durban Point can be found in the water reticulation and purification system for uShaka Marine World and the need to return that water to the sea via a canal. This led to the idea of creating a unique "waterfront city within a city" in which a system of canals forms the central spine of urban redevelopment and where the economic benefits of water frontage extend throughout the area.

The Durban Point initiative is therefore not just an attempt to extend the city fabric in a banal way nor is it intended to transform the area into an extended theme park or tourist resort. Rather Durban Point will become an important, well-defined and exciting addition to the city and a sought after place to live, work and play. It is envisaged that a range of activities will be accommodated in a mixed-use environment containing a host of urban functions and reflecting a true urban place with 24-hour activity. The developers have drafted a Development Manual which sets out in detail the design philosophies of "African Urbanism" as well as the design review process that all development proposals are required to undergo.

Durban Point is the most exciting and significant property development and investment projects Durban has seen for decades.

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Landuse and Zones:
Many of the sites at Durban Point have a mixed-use zoning. Developers are encouraged to use the ground floor of buildings for uses such as retailing, entertainment and restaurants that can flow out onto the adjacent sidewalk space. Uses such as offices and residential on upper floors are encouraged to look out onto the public spaces below.

In order to achieve as much of an urbane quality as possible, developers are encouraged to achieve maximum allowable height and bulk restrictions. Thus buildings of a minimum height of three to four storeys and higher will be encouraged with bulk and coverage allowances having been formulated to achieve this.

Durban Point will be developed in a series of six precincts starting with precinct one along the canal and moving progressively outwards.

Canal Edge Typologies:
Critical to the success of Durban Point as a distinctive and interesting place to visit, is the way in which buildings respond to sidewalks and how they in turn interact with the edge of the canal. In order to create this well-defined street architecture, Durban Point뭩 architects have designed a number of 밹anal edge typology options, samples of which are shown below. Thus building edges can incorporate colonnades, or they can have canopies with support structures that either straddle or cantilever over the sidewalk. Buildings may have verandahs on upper floors that run the length of street frontages above the colonnades or canopies. In some instances buildings are required to be set back from the canal edge, in others they could be built directly on the canal edge.

In each instance there is an opportunity for a developer to utilise the waters edge while at the same time not restricting pedestrian flow and leading to an interesting urban environment.

(This material is copyright of The Durban Point Waterfront and all its planners and developers. The above material was obtained from www.durbanpoint.co.za)
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Old August 6th, 2005, 04:16 PM   #2
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nice, I like these kind of huge redevelopment projects. shame there's no more detailed renderings.
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Old August 6th, 2005, 04:19 PM   #3
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Durban skyline never fails to impressed me.
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Old August 6th, 2005, 04:26 PM   #4
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Yes, redevelopments are the more interesting types of projects.

Detailed renderings is what you want? Well, the project has already started so there are plenty of developments. contact/ send a PM to dysan1 and come on down to the South Africa forum for more info. It's a hot topic down there.

I will post some photos of the residential developments though:

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Old August 8th, 2005, 10:07 PM   #5
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seems like I need to make a trip to Durban

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Old August 17th, 2005, 05:18 PM   #6
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exciting stuff
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Old August 17th, 2005, 10:04 PM   #7
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Interesting and nice!! Goodluck!!!
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Old March 19th, 2006, 09:14 PM   #8
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hmm...looks like this thread needs updating!

The most up to date info is in the south african forum...but i will add some of the best things here for the rest of the community to see.

The progress is great. at present there are 12 buildings u/c, with a good 15 cranes in action. Some buildings were completed by december 2005, but the majority of the first phase will be complete by Dec/Jan 2007
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Old March 20th, 2006, 04:04 AM   #9
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Looks like it will totaly transform that area.....great news
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Old March 20th, 2006, 06:50 AM   #10
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apart for all the town houses and low to mid rise projects there are 12 high rise sites with 2 U/C a 27 and a 35F resi towers. rummer has 40F towers next to be released which will ultimatly link the massive CBD to this new precinct by way of a continious wall of towers
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Old March 20th, 2006, 09:50 AM   #11
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Nice mega project.
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Old March 21st, 2006, 10:11 PM   #12
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To see the present transformation of the point, and continuous updates of this billion dollar rejuvenation program, visit the Durban Point Thread in the South African Forum (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=242117)

Here are all the High rises for the point.

The Mast - 40F

San Raphael - 35F

The Spinnaker - 27F

Shaka's Gate - 14F

QuayWEST - 12F

Dolphin Whispers - 12F

The Quays - 12F

There are many more underway, SkyHOMES (16F), The Sails 1,2,3,4 (15F, 13F, 12F, 12F), And many in the 6F to 12F range.

This development will totally transform this previously negelected, but historically important part of the city. Many historic buildings remain and will be renovated, and brought back to life.

For a tour of the precinct go the thread...the link was given above
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