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November 2011

New developments in Sandton to change the city’s skyline

The Lotus Temple at the Bahá’í House of Worship in Delhi, the dandelion-like Seed Cathedral of the UK Pavilion by Thomas Heatherwick and now the Protea Court at Sandton City all pay homage to flowers as their source of inspiration. The R1,77-billion refurbishment of Sandton’s biggest shopping complex now features a rendering of the country’s national flower.

Sandton Sun’s new gastronomical emporium

CSS Architecture and restaurant consultant Adam Block have reinvented the infamous San Bar and restaurant at the iconic Sandton Sun hotel to be more representative of the colour and natural materials of South Africa. The restaurant and accompanying dining areas encompass a space of 15 000 square feet on the sixth floor of the hotel, extending to the San Deck which offers some of the best views of Sandton.

Work begins on Sandton’s R650m flagship Katherine & West AAA grade sectional title offices

Earthworks are under way on the new R650m ‘AAA’ grade, ‘Katherine & West’ office development by Barrow Properties, within metres of the Sandton Gautrain station and next to the Radisson Hotel. Nearly half the Sectional Title offices in the development have already sold to a mix of professional firms and private investors, many of whom are repeat investors in previous Barrow Properties’ Sectional Title office developments. “Our ‘AAA’ grade Sectional …Read More

Barrow Properties Half of new Sandton project sold

Earthworks have started on a new R650 million AAA-grade sectional title office development in Sandton near the Gautrain station and next to the Radisson Blu Hotel. The Katherine & West project is being developed by Barrow Properties and almost half of the 19 000m2 of sectional title offices in the development have already been sold to a mix of professional firms and private investors. Jake Hoddinott, a Barrow Properties spokesman, …Read More

Green buildings to become law in South Africa

The South African Bureau of Standards has defined green building regulations for South Africa to come into effect this month. While not compulsory for all buildings, the regulations stipulate methods and material to be used in new buildings, and are mandatory for new energy-consuming structures such as government social housing, schools, office buildings, and hospitals. These new regulations will become the standard for all buildings over the next 10 years.

Southern Sun remains at the heart of Sandton

The landmark Grayston Hotel in the heart of Sandton, owned by the Cavaleros Group, has been leased out to Sun International for a further 20 years. The current lease is set to expire at the end of November. Both groups, Sun International and Cavaleros, view this transition into the new lease as the perfect opportunity to begin the well-deserved refurbishment of the Sandton monument. The renovations to the property will …Read More

Inner-city housing still yields returns

According to the recent Rode & Associates report on South African property, inner-city housing is outperforming suburbs. In fact, inner-city bachelor flats are up 37% over two years averaging between R1 980 and R2 725 per month. Average growth of rentals is contrasted at a meager 4%. This makes inner-city housing a great investment, or so say the Trust for Urban Housing Finance (TUHF) and International Housing Solutions.