Abland and its Partners have commenced work on a new Industrial Precinct situated on the slopes of the historic Durbanville Hills estate on the N7 near Cape Town, which will have easy access to major highways and arterial routes. This is the brainchild of Abland known for its sustainable property developments. The Atlantic Hills Business Park is set to evolve into a long-term value creation for its owners and tenants, the first of whom will take occupation in January 2018.
Ease of access and convenient locality
The Atlantic Hills Business Park is also well positioned for future city growth. Situated on the Potsdam interchange with direct access onto the M12 and immediate access onto the N7 and M13, the Atlantic Hills Business Park provides easy access to the V&A Harbour, Montague Gardens, Killarney Gardens, Atlantis, Durbanville, Parklands and Plattekloof. Atlantic Hills will also be integrated into the City of Cape Town’s transport system, providing public transport access from Milnerton, Parklands, Plattekloof and Durbanville.
The 72-hectare site, with 45 hectares zoned for light industrial business, is ideal for distribution, warehousing and cold storage businesses. State of the art fibre-optic telecons will also be installed on all sites.
With respect to security, the Master Property Owners Association will control security within the Atlantic Hills Business Park by means of an up-to-date camera surveillance system. Rapid response security personnel will respond to all issues identified by the security monitoring system. Cameras will be located at entrances and other appropriate positions.
The size of the stands is flexible and can be custom designed from 1 000m² to 100 000m² with sufficient power available for low and high use purchasers or tenants. Abland offers tenants an all-inclusive, completely integrated service that is tailor-made to suit their specific needs and requirements. Premises on each stand will be purpose-built to the tenant’s specific requirements with the infrastructure planned for maximum flexibility.
A portion of the precinct will be developed for mixed use, offering tenants a retail component, including a petrol station with convenience shopping and fast food outlets.
The Atlantic Hills Business Park is planned over three phases:
Phase 1 – the development of 60 000m2 of land
Phase 2 – the development of 220 000m2 of land
Phase 3 – the development of 170 000m2 of land
Design considerations for a holistic development
The Atlantic Hills Business Park will be a holistic development and promises to be visually striking. Strict design guidelines will be adhered to with each building complementing the surrounding buildings and the environment, with a view to contributing positively to the immediate neighbourhood rather than standing in isolation.
The design guidelines encourage simplicity, scale and vertical proportions, refined details and the use of a prescribed colour palette, establishing a recognisable and notable node.
Tenants are encouraged to ensure that their warehouse façades are not bland and featureless, but rather include design elements that break the monotony. The office or showroom components will also be designed as a coherent part of the warehouses with the use of colour and materials creating a holistic aesthetic.
All boundaries will be suitably landscaped as an integral part of the overall landscape design and only indigenous plants will be planted.
At Atlantic Hills Business Park, two areas of the 72 hectares have been earmarked for conservation, primarily to protect a rare species of Renosterveld fynbos that only grows on granite found in this area. The reserve will be fully environmentally protected and offer tenants the pleasure of a green space near to their place of work.
First tenants will take occupation in 2018
Earthworks and services installation are currently underway at Atlantic Hills for all infrastructure on the first phase of the development. Construction of premises for the first tenants is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Atlantic Hills Business Park is the ideal location for three categories of tenants. These include the larger user who needs convenient access to the harbour, just 22km away on a direct route. Alternative routes are also available and convenient. Those tenants who want easy access to the Namibian route will also find the Atlantic Hills precinct ideal. Thirdly, tenants who would like to be closer to home or move their existing premises from the more traffic-congested areas will be perfectly placed within the development. The fact that Abland will extend the M12 to the entrance of Atlantic Hills is also a major advantage for all tenants.
At Abland, we believe that sustainable building is the way forward. We take the principles of green building seriously and make ‘being green’ an integral part of our business and building processes. As members of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), we are committed to creating a better built environment. Through our Strategic Green Building Philosophy, we apply and implement key energy efficiency principles in all aspects of our projects and we have successfully implemented a number of these, together with other green building measures, in our projects. While the benefits to the environment almost go without saying, there are also numerous benefits to our clients – cost savings through energy efficiency, healthier buildings and environments to work in, and assets which are future-proofed. Clients can benefit from Abland’s knowledge and expertise and have a greener building which contributes to a better environment. Abland stays abreast of the latest technologies and research in energy saving, sustainability and carbon footprint reduction. As a market leader in this field, we ensure that our clients make informed decisions about the green building measures they wish to implement. Each new project is approached with an eye on energy saving, sustainability and the commercial benefits that can be achieved by means of payback period analysis. A number of our buildings have already achieved Green Star SA ratings from the GBCSA. Recently rated four star buildings include Alice Lane Phases One, Two and Three (70 000m2 in total); Nedbank Lakeview (22 000m2); Monte Circle Building One (5 500m²) and Rosebank Towers (25 000m²). Current developments being submitted for Green Star SA ratings include Loftus Park (45 000m2) and Monte Circle Building Two (4 400m²).
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