Dream set­ting for new offices

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

IN THE HEART of the West­ern Cape’s Boland moun­tain land­scape, two ma­jor prop­erty com­pa­nies have col­lab­o­rated on one of the first sig­nif­i­cant of­fice parks in this quar­ter of the re­gion.

The new de­vel­op­ment has the added ap­peal of be­ing right next door to the Paarl Mall, a pow­er­ful, mod­ern re­tail mag­net for the en­tire re­gion, and a cen­tre for com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity in the district, with its pop­u­lar bou­tiques, cof­fee shops and na­tional stores.

The 5 000m Paarl Busi­ness Park is a project ini­ti­ated by na­tional prop­erty de­vel­op­ment and in­vest­ment group At­ter­bury Prop­erty, and Pros­per­ito, a na­tional de­vel­oper based in Cape Town.

The site’s im­me­di­ate prox­im­ity to the four-year-old Paarl Re­gional Mall, which has quickly es­tab­lished it­self as the pri­mary re­tail re­source and com­mu­nity fo­cus for the town and sur­rounds, will in­crease the sig­nif­i­cance of the busi­ness park as a base for pro­fes­sional prac­tices and cor­po­rate head­quar­ters.

With five sep­a­rate build­ings to be com­pleted in stages start­ing early next year, the park’s offices are for sale or rent from 60m up­wards. The A-grade ac­com­mo­da­tion is on the ground and first floor lev­els, and oc­cu­pants and vis­i­tors have base­ment park­ing.

“The busi­ness park is strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned in terms of its di­rect ac­cess to the N1, and its vis­i­bil­ity both from the high­way and the re­tail cen­tre park­ing area of­fers a brand­ing op­por­tu­nity for oc­cu­pants,” says Mark Mou­ton, MD of At­ter­bury Cape.

“It also has the at­trac­tion of flex­i­bil­ity, be­ing able to ac­com­mo­date smaller busi­ness and larger cor­po­rates, and al­low­ing for growth.”

Pros­per­ito MD Ger­hardt Jooste says the de­ci­sion to use the land for an of­fice park was as a re­sult of the sig­nif­i­cant mi­gra­tion of fam­i­lies to this area of the coun­try­side.

“Paarl has an enor­mous ru­ral at­trac­tion, and of­fers a won­der­ful life for peo­ple who want their kids to have the best op­por­tu­ni­ties for per­sonal growth.

“The res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment in the area is ex­tremely high qual­ity and in­cludes the Boschen­meer and Pearl Val­ley golf es­tates and the Val De Vie Polo Es­tate, aside from other at­trac­tive pri­vate hous­ing de­velop- ments,” says Jooste.

Nearby wine es­tates that in­clude Backs­berg, La­borie, Neder­burg, Rhe­bok­skloof and Si­monsvlei, are leg­endary among wine con­nois­seurs through­out the world.

Paarl is also known for its qual­ity schools like the Paarl Gym­na­sium, Paarl Boys’ High and Ju­nior, and for girls, La Rochelle and the Paarl Girls’ High and Ju­nior schools.

It is also home to the Paarl cam­pus of the Boland Col­lege with its con­nec­tions to Cale­don, Worces­ter, Strand and Stel­len­bosch.

Paarl Busi­ness Park has an at­trac­tive set­ting with views over the Paarl­berg and the moun­tains that stretch be­tween Stel­len­bosch, Fran­schhoek and Welling­ton.

Ar­chi­tec­ture by Boogert­man and Part­ners has a tex­ture sim­i­lar to the Paarl Mall, fea­tur­ing stone, glass and steel as the pri­mary el­e­ments of the fa­cades and cre­at­ing a co­he­sive ar­chi­tec­tural precinct.

Pros­per­ito and At­ter­bury, al­though un­der­tak­ing their own ma­jor in­de­pen­dent projects, have also col­lab­o­rated on suc­cess­ful joint ven­tures that in­clude the Foun­tains Re­gional Mall at Jef­freys Bay, the 30 000m Bella Rosa Vil­lage, a mixed of­fice and res­i­den­tial project near Dur­banville, and the 30 000m2 Tyger­berg Of­fice Park where both have offices.

Paarl Busi­ness Park will be launched to in­vited guests on Novem­ber 12 at the Mugg and Bean restau­rant at the Paarl Mall.

Call El­rika Lieben­berg on 021 911 0622, Fran­cois Coet­zer on 082 578 2445 or Mark Mou­ton on 084 601 0002.

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