Abland, one of South Africa’s leading property developers for over 30 years, together with its partners; Giflo Developments and SOM have commenced work on a new mixed-use precinct called Irene Boulevard in the heart of Irene, South of Pretoria. This site will become the new home to Barloworld Logistics, a division of Barloworld who will be vacating their Sandton offices to occupy this new site.
“What started as a retail centre deal has now evolved into mixed-use precinct, where Abland will be integrating retail and commercial offerings. The mixed-use precinct came to life after Abland shared their master plan with Barloworld and they were impressed with the offerings of the precinct and immediately bought into the bigger concept,” says Thinus Delport, Development Director, Abland.
The precinct will bring a bespoke lifestyle and a 16,000m² shopping centre to the Irene market with the Barloworld Logistics headquarters comprising 5,500m² of the property.
“We broke ground mid-March 2018 and are aiming for completion of the Barloworld Logistics headquarters in April 2019. We are extremely excited to see the precinct come to life so quickly. Barloworld Limited is a partner in the Barloworld Logistics development and we are privileged to have one of their headquarters become a showpiece of what the rest of the precinct will look like,” adds Delport.
The Irene site is a well-established area, boasting an affluent audience with a penchant for all things stylish and being in the now. The residential element has been there for many years – making it a very attractive area to settle in. Conveniently located on Alexander Road just off the Botha Avenue interchange, the mixed-use precinct is well-located with great exposure to the N1 highway and is easily accessible. There are plans for a future Gautrain station in the vicinity which will bring even more attention to the node.
The precinct will have a striking design making it very visible and difficult to miss from the N1 highway. The first building being the Barloworld Logistics Head office will be a 4 Star rated Green building.
“Barloworld Logistics new headquarters is a physical embodiment of our vision for the company – modern, future-focused and fit-for-purpose,” says Kamogelo Mmutlana, CEO Barloworld Logistics. “We are excited to be co-creating this new space which aligns to our growth ambitions and will offer employees a superb environment to experience all the precinct promises to offer.”
Phase 2 of the development, which is the retail leg, will kick off in Q3 2018 – offering convenient retail and lifestyle amenities which include; a leading national grocer, new and existing restaurants, beauty and health facilities, giving the shopper all the services they would need from a centre.