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Old December 18th, 2005, 08:28 PM   #1
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Developments in South African Cities

This thread will showcase the many changes that are taking place in South African Cities, where massive redevelopment is underway in the CBD's of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. In other cases, whole new urban environments are being created within our cities, totally transforming the terrain.

If this interestes you, please visit the South African Forum to see even more detail.
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Old December 18th, 2005, 08:43 PM   #3
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Durban

In durban, development is focussed on 3 main precincts: The Point area, Umhlanga and The Beachfront. In both the Point and Umhlanga cases, entirely new communities are being created, and a new city in the form of Umhlanga Ridge. I shall briefly discuss each area below and the developments to be found within them.



Durban Point

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.

The point is the area in the centre of the image




Here is a montage of most of the developments




The Largest Highrise Developments are:


San Raphael - 35F - 135m












The Spinnaker - 27F - 117m








Moyeni - 28F - 100m




ABSA Tower - 18F




QuayWEST - 11F

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Old December 18th, 2005, 08:51 PM   #4
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The second major development area in Durban, is in Umhlanga, 18km north of the CBD.


The Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre is designed as a safe, convenient and pleasant environment for businesses and people. Built on a planned grid, the New Town Centre is connected by a series of pedestrian-friendly roads, parks and public spaces, which are laid out to facilitate on-street parking and the easy flow of traffic.

The development is planned on a human scale, with a vibrant, active mix of uses, including retail, residential and commercial, and a variety of permutations of these within individual buildings - the emphasis is on the tenants' flexibility of choice.

Moreland has provided an infrastructure and management model that will establish Umhlanga Ridge as South Africa's most modern and globally competitive working environment.

Umhlanga Ridge owners all become members of the management association which assisted by Moreland's experience in managed environments employs professionals to administer centralized services like security, cleaning, landscaping and traffic control.

A 21st century communications network makes the New Town Centre a leader in the information-driven New Economy, connecting individuals and businesses effortlessly to each other and the global marketplace.


LOCATION

The Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre offers advantages of location that are unique in South Africa and rare elsewhere in the world. It is a bustling business environment, 20 minutes from the centre of Durban, Africa's biggest port and the gateway to Southern Africa.

The Town Centre enjoys easy access onto a network of major roads, including the N2, with Durban International Airport an easy 20-minute drive away.

Umhlanga Ridge is surrounded by some of the finest residential developments in South Africa, from established suburbs like Durban North and La Lucia to planned communities like Somerset Park and Broadlands and prestigious golf estates like Mount Edgecombe and Zimbali.

The Town Centre builds on the runaway success of La Lucia Ridge Office Estate, situated on its doorstep, and encapsulates Old Mutual's extraordinary R1,6 billion Gateway Theatre of Shopping, which has redefined the retail and entertainment state of the art in South Africa.

Developments completed in the area already include the Umhlanga Hospital and Medical Centre, offices housing most of Durban?s blue chip and multinational companies, motor dealerships, the Crescent lifestyle centre, the City Lodge Hotel, residential development across a range of styles and affordability levels, Health clubs, private schools and places of worship.

The area is rich with outdoor leisure activities, and only minutes away from the pristine beaches of Umhlanga Rocks.. The location of the New Town Centre could hardly be more advantageous to tenants.



ARCHITECTURE

The Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre will become a model for future urban developments in South Africa, not simply because of its revolutionary urban design but because of the beauty, functionality and elegance of its buildings as well.

Moreland has developed a development manual - a set of guidelines to ensure an aesthetically pleasing mix of architectural styles and to define the easy manner in which the buildings relate to each other and to their environment. This code defines an architecture of "good public manners."

There is no obligatory theme - the buildings of the New Town Centre will be contemporary but timeless, dignified and elegant, with an attractive mix of quality natural and high-tech materialsand designed with the convenience and security of their users in mind.

They will be built on a human scale, and will provide the perfect environment for a wide variety of uses for decades to come.



ENVIRONMENT

Moreland is a company, which takes its responsibility to the natural environment very seriously and has an enviable track record of environmentally successful projects.

Wherever possible, Moreland has enhanced the environment, by reclaiming wetlands, reintroducing indigenous vegetation and encouraging bird and animal species to repopulate areas from which they had disappeared.

The Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre sees Moreland take this policy into a fully urban environment for the first time. The open space in the New Town Centre will serve as a "green lung", providing for healthy outdoor living and tranquility in the midst of the urban buzz.

Thousands of trees and shrubs, of which 85% are indigenous allow the New Town Centre to blend in seamlessly with the beautiful North Coast environment.



PRECINCTS

The Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre is planned around a series of activities-based precincts along lines of synergy and convenience.
In the financial district, for example, banks, brokerages and related institutions will be located within easy proximity to each other, creating a subtropical Wall Street.

Elsewhere, advertising agencies, photographic studios, print shops and multi-media companies will generate a creative buzz. In the motortown area, car dealerships trade alongside related industries - like fitment centres and car audio specialists. In another part of the New Town Centre, Galleries, Cafes, antique dealers and fashion boutiques will create the feel of a Notting Hill or a Greenwich Village.

Clustered around the hospital, the medical precinct provides world class healthcare in a setting designed to promote well-being. Professional services firms will group in the heart of the Town Centre, thriving on the benefits of being within strolling distance of clients, associated businesses and the amenities of a world class shopping environment.

The prime frontages onto the metropolitan and national highways skirting the development is attracting offices, high-tech assembly and trading operations that will benefit from exposure to passing traffic. Finally, the residential precincts offer the unparalleled convenience of proximity to the Town Centre's amenities - an international Urban lifestyle in a magnificent and tranquil setting.


Here is a montage of the developments taking place here




The following are the high rise projects


The Pearls of Umhlanga - 5F, 13F, 24F, 31F, 44F






The Marriott Complex - 5F to 24+F



UMHLANGA is poised to get a huge R660 million leisure and entertainment resort boasting a 150-room, five-star international hotel. This is part of one of the biggest foreign direct investments in the history of South African tourism.

About R1.6 billion is to be injected into a black economic empowerment South African-based leisure group, Notae Resorts, by a United States-based hedge fund for the first three developments in South Africa, which are part of 17 developments in Africa over the next 14 years.

Notae Resorts is a joint venture spearhead by Durban businessman Carl Eaton, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Notae Group. The group is an international entertainment, development and investment company with offices in Durban, Johannesburg and New Jersey, US.

Eaton said the 150-room Umhlanga hotel development would be unique. The complex would include apartments, luxury bungalows, a private residency club, conference facilities, upmarket high-end fashion retail outlets and an arts centre.

“The arts centre includes a world-class theatre, art gallery, audio and audio-visual studios, including an outdoor amphitheatre, a school of excellence for hospitality and entertainment training, a tourism centre and a mix of family and fine dining restaurants,” said Eaton.

He said the 80 000m2 resort in Umhlanga, near the McDonalds restaurant at Gateway, would be the first of its kind in Southern Africa and have some of the world’s biggest players involved.

Washington DC-based Marriott International, one of the largest hotel groups in the world, has signed a letter of intent with Notae Resorts to manage the hotel.

Joop Demes, Managing Director of Golding Hotel Investment Consultants, has been appointed by Marriott to facilitate the process.

“Marriott is extremely bullish about entering the South African marketplace and is treating this exciting project in Umhlanga, Durban, as a priority,” said Demes.

Eaton said he expected to break ground on the development in early 2006 and for it to be launched before the end of 2007. He said the group was in the process of finalising zoning and approvals from the various authorities and obtaining SA Reserve Bank approval.

“Notae Resorts Umhlanga will be a destination of distinction, something that is not available on the African continent, and at the cutting edge of hotel development worldwide,” said Eaton.
He said the retail stores would include international brand names like Gucci, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and an exclusive jeweller for the high-end market.

“The retail component will also house Africa’s largest wedding design store, providing the consumer with a one-stop destination for all wedding requirements,” said Eaton.

“The arts centre will be comparable to the world’s most unique destinations of entertainment, like those in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, providing world-class entertainment and facilities.”

The facilities would include a world-class theatre and post-production audio and visual studios.

Eaton has worked in the South African music industry for more than a decade, producing and managing some of the country’s biggest artists with his brother, Vaughn. The pair have built close relationships with giants in the American music industry which will help them to attract superstar artists to the complex.

He said the Notae Group was delighted about the prospects in Southern Africa and had made a commitment to spend a minimum of R660 million on its first development.

“Our investment optimism is fuelled by South Africa’s well-balanced economy, the country’s growth history over the past couple of years, KwaZulu-Natal’s tourism market and South Africa hosting the biggest single sports event on Earth in 2010,” he said.

“The city of Durban’s economic development goals, sound financial control and the tremendous vision of the leadership has been instrumental in the realisation of this venture.”

KZN Tourism Minister Narend Singh was exited about the development.
“It is an expression of international confidence in both KZN and more importantly Durban"
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I like a lot The Pearls and San Raphael
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Old December 18th, 2005, 11:19 PM   #7
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WOW impresing plans!!!!!
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Old December 19th, 2005, 12:09 AM   #8
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San Raphael is a wonderful piece of architecture.
many of the other developments look as if they are suffering from a late 80's/ early 90's hangover
Hasn't this thread been done before or am I experiencing deja-vu ?
I recall seeing The San Raphael development before ??

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Lol, I guess they were in a hurry putting this render together. The poles are on the wrong end of the flag!!
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Old December 19th, 2005, 05:59 AM   #10
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Interesting. Durban is sure taking the lead nowadays, almost putting Cape Town to shame!
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Cool montages.
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Old December 19th, 2005, 07:18 AM   #12
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great looking designs.

the Marriott Complex looks great.
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PRETORIA

The seat of government in South Africa is not reknowned for its developments and the pace does often get marginalised by big sister Johannesburg 40km away. But the Lakeview Towers Dev is a significant dev for Pretoria, and rather attractive

Lakeview Towers - 30F

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Old December 20th, 2005, 07:42 PM   #14
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Lol, I guess they were in a hurry putting this render together. The poles are on the wrong end of the flag!!
hehe...yeh i always wondered about why that happened...
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Great developments, thanks for sharing.
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Hi dysan, nice pix and update. Can you give us some general info on the population and density of the cities and their size of economies in general . (gdp/cap etc) Easier to contextualize the progress then.
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Great projects, I like them all.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 06:16 PM   #19
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I will do my best to get some figures, but i can speak of the density in durban. Durban has a population of 3.5million people...the following image will hopefully show the density of the existing downtown skyline. I must note that Durban has 3 skylines, the CBD, The Beachfront, and Umhlanga...which is the richest part of the city.


The following is a montage of the buildings and scenes of the city of Durban

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Strand - (near Cape town)


This is the only part of the greater Cape Town Metro where substantial high rise construction is taking place and is a 30min drive from downtown Cape Town


Hibernian Towers - 22F




Topaz - 25F






Ocean View - 19F



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