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Its good to see a big wave of regeneration taking place across the central city. With Rivertown and Centrum in the inner city, the Point back on track, advanced plans for Warwick.

uMgeni Road is set to be the central spine for the new GO! Durban system and connecting to the north of the city. As such it is the longer term intention to use the new system to improve the urban space around these new stations, have higher densification along the full length of uMgeni Road and encourage broad based mixed use development.

Most of this will be many years in the making as the route through uMgeni Road only goes live in 2017.

However in the meantime, some visionaries have already started the wave of redevelopment.

Two sizable developments have already been launched and are open and being used on a daily basis. These are The Foundry and The Design Factory

And new, exciting tenants are following, with other buildings lined up for development next to the railway lines.




A website www.stationdrive.co.za is planned to launch soon.
 

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The Foundry - 43 Station Drive














About.

Creative Hub. The Foundry is situated in the heart of Durban's Station Drive precinct. Offers: Service offices, Co-working spaces and Artisan Studios.


Interior

Reception


Boardroom 1


Pause Area


A floor before being kitted out


Coffee Zone


Washroom





Space is available
 

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The Design Factory - 39 Station Drive

Currently work continues here. But some tenants are in like Open Plan Studio


Outside of the building





About Open Plan Studio


Open Plan Studio is a combined office, art, photo studio and event space.

Open Plan tenants range from technology to design to fine art and teaching and they benefit from the proximity of creative services. Open Plan is a showcase for ideas and provides a platform for interaction with community.

Covering 966m2, Open Plan blends space within space to create a unique and ever changing co-working studio. Overlooking some of Durbans most iconic features such as both sports stadiums, the Lion Match Factory, the Stables, Durban Club and the ocean beyond that.

FACING EAST: 8 unique offices that offer individual and share working spaces. Our offices are detailed with good design and provide a stimulating environment for working, making and meeting.

FACING WEST: The event space blends artist workshops, a container office and our 6m Art Bar and kitchen installation into a dynamic and interactive space that can be shaped to suit your event requirements.

Open Plan is situated on the 4th floor of a newly renovated light industrial building now known as The Design Factory. This conversion into studio space was initiated by Sean Stretch, Dereck Peterson, Durban Property Managers and aims to become a Durban creative hub and precinct in the city.
















Daance Club is an event held at The Design Factory every few months - sock free dancing club night.

 

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Steampunk Coffee

New Coffee Spot that roasts their own beans





 

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Savior Brand Co. and Savior Coffee Co.

Savior Brand Co have been offering up some of the best handcrafted leather goods for a few years now from the I Heart Market. They have now set up a home in Station Drive and launched Savior Coffee Co. as well.

 

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You're doing a great job digging up all these places that most of us didn't know existed. It's good to be reminded what an exciting city this is with all it's creative energy.
 

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And I am living in Singapore... ��.

It's very durban for many peeps to stay comfortable with what they know yet bemoan that nothing happens in the city. I did it too at times. But there is a raw energy that people are starting to embrace and showcase. Try get on that train.

And glad to showcase these for all to see.
 

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I am a part-time resident in Durbs but do as much as I can to post stories (ironically, mainly when I am overseas!!!). The full-time people based here really need to start taking the lead...
 

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and the precinct continues to get new injections of life...




Its a venue where people can come together to learn new skills, making leather works, electronics, wood carving etc... a space for like minds to come together and make. Sounds an inspiring space

Read more : http://themakerspace.co.za/
 

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So the guys from the morning trade market that has been plying its wears super successfully at 8MS in Rivertown have upped sticks as they were constrained by space. They are moving from one hip hood to another and will be opening at 15 Station Drive at the end of March. 8MS have announced a new market and additional permanent stores will replace them.

Seems its a win win all round and that things are looking up for both precincts

 

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Some cool events happening in this hood.

Follow Open Plan Studio and Station Drive Precinct on FB for more on the go in the hood

 

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And the area continues to grow. Come June it gets two new addition. A new restaurant and a taphouse.

S43 - a new restaurant
That Brewing Co. Taphouse

Awesome to see this area flourish. And at a much faster and energetic pace than the Propertuity node in Rivertown. This is a true creative's node.

Article below from Eat Out. Just snippets below.


Durbanites can look forward to a new restaurant and adjoining craft brewery that will open their doors soon at The Foundry in the city’s hip creative hub, Station Drive Precinct.

The new venture by Sean and Marcelle Roberts, who own Café 1999 and Unity Brasserie and Bar, will occupy a large space in The Foundry in Station Drive. It will consist of a daytime eatery called S43 and an adjoining brewery that will house Sean Roberts’s craft brewery, That Brewing Co.


Read more at: http://www.eatout.co.za/article/new...y-open-durbans-trendy-station-drive-precinct/

Image teaser from That Brewing Co. Facebook



So check it out end May, early June
 

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And the pace of change continues.

The Plant, home to co work spaces, and the morning market. Like the way this area is happening





Source: the Plant Facebook page
 

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S43 have been open a good 3 months now, anyone head down? Hear from mates it's great. Also hear another rooftop spot will be online before the summer







Source: S43 Facebook page
 

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Been to S43 twice now, loved both experiences even though the second one was a short visit. It's a nice big place with plenty of tables and seating but its fully booked most of the nights.

Went to the burger festival at The Plant last Thursday as well, first time I've been to an event where the Facebook page said 2,000 people were attending and 2,000 people showed up! It was tremendous to see people turn out for it, the organisers were blown away by the support. Some good burgers were eaten that night.
 

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That's awesome to hear. I see the queues stretched around the block! Good going, shows the hunger for these kind of events. So much for Durban being dead



Source: station drive Facebook page
 

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This area still has alot of potential growth left. So many old warehouse structures ripe for conversion. And the GO Durban system will have a station right by here.

No hotels yet, but I won't be surprised if something pops up in the coming years.
 
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