Sun International unveiled the first phase of its multi-billion rand development, Time Square, in Menlyn, Tshwane in April this year. The complex, being built at a cost of R4-billion, represents Sun International’s largest investment in a casino development in 15 years and forms part of the green Menlyn Maine precinct.
A tremendous feat, the first phase of the development was completed in two years. Every day was a milestone in this exceptionally exciting development, with the evolution of the site, especially in the final four months, being nothing short of breathtaking. Now, the second phase, comprising the Sun Arena, is nearing completion. The groundbreaking project forms part of the “green” Menlyn Maine precinct. Once complete, the site will be the biggest and greenest mixed use precinct ever built in Pretoria.
Construction of Time Square commenced in April 2015, with development of the casino and restaurant section fast-tracked by six months to completion in exactly two years. The casino itself is currently the second largest in South Africa, with two floors housing 2 000 slots and 60 tables, as well as a Sun Lounge, Prive and several private gaming rooms. Unprecedented in South Africa, the casino boasts specialty products never seen before in the country, some of which are exclusive to Sun International. The time-themed, futuristically-designed casino features close to 1000 digital screens which will be optimized to generate evolving mind and mood experiences.
Opening with the casino were 18 new restaurants and bars by an eclectic ensemble of South African and international personalities. Each is individual in concept and character to deliver a distinctive experience.
There are three unique establishments on the upper level: Forti Grill & Bar by Fortunato Mazzone (the charismatic South African chef, radio personality and owner of the multiple award winning Ristorante Ritrovo); Something’s Cooking by J’Something by Joao da Fonseca (the lead singer of Mi Casa and well known culinary artiste – aka J’Something) and Guy Fieri’s Kitchen and Bar South Africa by Guy Fieri (American celebrity chef, restaurateur and TV host of Guy’s Big Bite and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives). On rooftop of Time Square is Altitude, a champagne garden and supper club offering panoramic views of Menlyn and beyond,
The next phase, construction of a state of the art, 8 500 seat Arena, will be complete in November this year, followed by phase three, The Maslow Time Square hotel in March 2018. The only venue of its kind in Pretoria, the arena will play host to international and local concerts, exhibitions and lifestyle events. The hotel will offer new concept in hospitality, being a 238 room specialist business hotel, offering standard to premium accommodation.
- It took 50,000 truckloads to remove the 482,650m3 of excavated soil removed during the bulk earthworks and super structure construction phases. This is roughly equivalent to the volume of 193 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- The massive casino roof spans 85 metres at its widest point, and covers over 10,000m2. The weight of the steel used in the roof structure of the casino, hotel, globe bar, arena and dummy globe equals 834 tons.
- During the superstructure construction, an average of 300m3 of concrete was cast every day, with a truckload every 12 minutes. On one particular day in July 2016, a South African record was set for the longest continuous pour of concrete – 1,550m3 over a period of 18 hours poured from a total of 260 cement truckloads.
- By the time the wet works were complete, the complex had used a total volume of 106,983m3 of concrete, enough to cover approximately 125% of the surface of the Kimberley Big Hole to a depth of 0.5m. 169,641m2 of internal and external plaster for the complex is enough to cover 254 tennis courts.
- Laid out top-to-toe, the 7.5-million bricks used in construction would cover more than the distance between Johannesburg and Cape Town. The complex, when complete, will also include 7,678m2 of carpeting and 6,270m2 of tiling.
- 18,062m2 of glass façades will be used when the complex is complete – equivalent to more than two rugby fields.
LYT Architecture and DSA Architects International were appointed as architects; Blacksmith as interior designer; Proman Project Management Services as project management consultant; MLC as quantity surveyor; WSP Group Africa as structural and civil consultant; Aurecon as mechanical and fire protection consultant; CKR Consulting Engineers as electrical consultant; Green Planet Engineering Services as consulting engineer.