At­ter­bury builds ad­vo­cates’ cham­bers

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A NEW 6 000m² be­spoke ad­vo­cates cham­bers of­fice build­ing is be­ing de­vel­oped at a cost of about R270 mil­lion by prop­erty de­vel­oper At­ter­bury in The Club precinct in Hazel­wood in Pre­to­ria for about 120 ad­vo­cates.

At­ter­bury, to­gether with de­vel­op­ments cur­rently in progress and those com­pleted in the past few years, has in­vested more than R1 bil­lion in de­vel­op­ments in the mod­ern live-work-play ur­ban precinct close to the Pre­to­ria Coun­try Club.

Wiehan Stry­dom, the de­vel­op­ment man­ager at At­ter­bury, said on Fri­day that con­struc­tion on The Club Ad­vo­cates’ Cham­bers in Pre­to­ria had com­menced in Oc­to­ber last year and the build­ing was sched­uled to be com­pleted by Novem­ber this year.

Stry­dom said the ad­vo­cates cham­bers would com­prise four lev­els, make pro­vi­sion for about 470 park­ing bays and give ad­vo­cates the op­tion of sec­tional ti­tle own­er­ship of their of­fices.

He said the ad­vo­cates cham­bers build­ing would only be oc­cu­pied by ad­vo­cates, who would be given nam­ing rights for the build­ing.

The ad­vo­cates cham­bers’ build­ing is the fourth of five build­ings that will ul­ti­mately make up The Club precinct.

Stry­dom said At­ter­bury in­vested about R200m in the Club 1 and R330m in Club 2 de­vel­op­ments in the precinct.

These first two de­vel­op­ments com­prise a mix­ture of re­tail, restau­rants and of­fices.

Stry­dom said si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the de­vel­op­ment of the ad­vo­cates cham­bers, At­ter­bury was build­ing a 4 000m² med­i­cal build­ing across the road from the ad­vo­cates cham­bers.

He said con­struc­tion on this med­i­cal build­ing com­menced in Novem­ber and it would be com­pleted in April 2018.

Stry­dom said it would com­prise three lev­els and in­volved an in­vest­ment of about R130m.

He said At­ter­bury was also de­vel­op­ing a 3 000m² two-storey gym­na­sium for Planet Fit­ness in the precinct at the cor­ner of 18th Street and Pi­naster Av­enue.

Three lev­els of of­fices that will pro­vide 2 800m² of of­fices at the other side of the site also formed part of this de­vel­op­ment, which in­volved an in­vest­ment of about R132m, he said.

Ilse Ver­maak-Hay, an ad­vo­cate at the Pre­to­ria Bar and cur­rently at the Brook­lyn Ad­vo­cate Cham­bers, is one of the ad­vo­cates who will move to The Club Ad­vo­cates’ Cham­bers and has been an im­por­tant part of cre­at­ing this op­por­tu­nity for the le­gal com­mu­nity.

“We wanted an al­ter­na­tive for cham­bers out­side the CBD that also pro­vided the abil­ity for ad­vo­cates to own their of­fices.

“While we found many ren­tal-only op­tions, there were no suit­able of­fices avail­able for pur­chase, so we con­sid­ered an­other new de­vel­op­ment project in Groen­kloof, but noth­ing came of it. That is when ad­vo­cate Eti­enne Coet­zee, SC, ap­proached At­ter­bury and the idea for The Club Ad­vo­cates’ Cham­bers was born,” she said.

Ver­maak-Hay added that the The Club Ad­vo­cates’ Cham­bers would have a prime po­si­tion in Hazel­wood and represented a good in­vest­ment propo­si­tion be­cause of its a great lo­ca­tion with easy ac­cess to the High Court in the Pre­to­ria CBD and the Brook­lyn, Groen­kloof, Men­lyn and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

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