Saturday, 25 February 2017 10:14

Windhoek shopping centre to undergo multimillion-dollar refurbishment

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Gustav Voigts shopping centre in Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek is to undergo a multimillion-dollar phased refurbishment starting this year.

Gustav_Voigts_Shopping_Centre

“This investment is due partly to the growing demand for upscale inner-city shopping, driven by the professionals in the surrounding offices, banks and government buildings,” says Carel Fourie, newly appointed CEO of Oryx Properties, the owner of the centre.

The three-level complex, built in the 1970s and located beneath the four-star Avani Hotel and Casino, was the country’s very first mall. It is home to established brands such as Mr Price, Totalsports, Queenspark, Donna Claire and Pep as well as a Checkers supermarket and local brands like Nakara, Wecke & Voigts and Safariland. “With the redevelopment, Gustav Voigts will be able to improve on its tenant mix by providing multinational retailers with optimal retail space,” says Fourie.

Oryx Properties – the only Namibian property company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange – has appointed Stauch + Partners as the architect and principal lead on the project. Andy Chase, architect at Stauch + Partners, says, “We want to create a fantastic new look for Gustav Voigts and enhance shoppers’ experience, while ensuring that the centre remains an iconic landmark in the CBD.”

The first phase of the development will include the construction of a new roof to let in more natural light, the extension of shopfronts and the replacement of balustrades. All public toilets will be renovated, new escalators will be installed and two additional parking decks will be added. The entrance on Independence Avenue will get a brand-new façade.

Despite a financially disappointing 2016, the city of Windhoek is seeing a revival of its Central Business District (CBD). Retail events and street festivals are drawing people into the CBD after hours, creating a wonderful atmosphere in a previously quiet place.

“Namibia has one of the most stable economies in southern Africa due to a strong institutional framework, a good fiscal and monetary decision-making policy, and an innovative and relentless private sector,” says Fourie.

Last modified on Monday, 27 February 2017 10:27

Most Popular

Supporting solar energy solutions in South Africa

May 29, 2017
Parabolic Trough Solar Thermal Electric Power Plant
As part of the government’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPP), that…

Echo Polska Properties completes acquisition of Warsaw retail development

Jun 01, 2017
Galeria Młociny
Echo Polska Properties, the dual JSE and LuxSE listed ‘pure Polish property play’…

How junk status will affect the property market

Jun 08, 2017
Jacques van Embden
News broke last week that The Fitch ratings agency could affirm SA’s rand-denominated…

Breathing new life into the CBD

May 29, 2017
Gustav Voigts Shopping Centre
Upmarket development in Windhoek’s central business district (CBD) is on the rise and has…

Green Building Council South Afica inspires South Africans to connect with nature on World Environment Day

May 30, 2017
Hotel Verde eco pool smaller
The Green Building Council SA (GBCSA) is celebrating World Environment Day on 5 June with…