Building materials and labour under one roof WHAT is touted as the biggest, most comprehensive building and garden supplies centre in southern Africa will soon be built on a 4.9ha site at Sunningdale, near Table View, at a cost of R50 million. It will be a joint venture by affiliate companies Garden Cities and builders Pinelands Development Company.

Construction IndustryThe site was earmarked within the 210ha site on which the new suburb Sunningdale is being developed on the eastern side of Otto Du Plessis Drive. A R50m lease over 10 years has been signed by the De la Rey group which will operate the massive building supplies component of the development. John Matthews, CEO of Garden Cities, and Willem Vorster, head of PDC, said the concept stemmed from the companies' needs for consistent supplies of building materials.

They are currently developing two significant tracts of land - one at Sunningdale and the other, where 3 000 houses will be built, at Pinehurst neighbouring Durbanville. "With a building schedule on that scale, PDC is already a major client for the centre," said Willem Vorster.

There are also plans for offices for professionals such as architects and draughtsmen. At one end of the site, tradesmen will be able to run their own small businesses from larger than average garages. "Plumbers, electricians, plasterers, bricklayers and so on will be on hand to do small jobs, or to combine as sub-contractors on larger projects," said John Matthews.

"So the centre will cater both for labour and materials."

When completed, the centre will provide every conceivable item to build a house. Carlos Gomes, CEO of De la Rey, said the scope of the 20 000m2 operation would include interior and exterior home improvement products for the home enthusiast.

The centre is aimed at the broadest possible client base right up to major contractors. "You could drive away with the materials for an entire house, including bricks, cement, sand, roofing, sanitaryware, glass, flooring and woodwork, in a couple of trucks," said John Matthews.

"Our objective as developers has always been to add value, and this centre will serve not only its immediate surroundings, but the whole of greater Cape Town. "Nowhere else can one currently satisfy the entire spectrum of needs both for building and beautifying a house. There will also be pool contractors on site, and a beautiful garden centre and restaurant."

 

Monday, 24 February 2003 02:00

Painstaking tilt to success.

The success of tilt-up construction at the Gateway development at Umhlanga Rocks has been recognised with a major international award.

Wednesday, 06 March 2002 03:01

Corovest enters UK market

COROVEST Capital Property Investment has entered the UK retail property market, buying 20% equity in a £241m fund that holds four UK subregional shopping centres.

Wednesday, 25 September 2002 02:00

Office for rent

Regus CEO Kevin Rawnsley expects vast growth

Friday, 01 February 2002 03:01

SADC is high risk for foreign investment

Report says political environment and HIV/AIDS are the main problems 

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