Buchanan Square at­tracts buy­ers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

MORE than 7 000m² of space has been sold at Buchanan Square, Rede­fine Prop­er­ties’ re­fur­bished com­mer­cial prop­erty in Sir Lowry Road, Wood­stock, says sales ex­ec­u­tive Ivo Nes­tel.

De­mand is high and space at Buchanan Square is priced from R7 500 per square me­tre.

The West­ern Cape branch of the In­scape De­sign Col­lege is one of the high pro­file buy­ers in the build­ing, with more than 380m² of space. In­scape’s other col­lege is in Jo­han­nes­burg and an­other sub­sidiary is in the square’s ar­moury build­ing.

In­scape, which has been in ex­is­tence for 28 years, is the old­est pri­vately owned multi-dis­ci­plinary de­sign col­lege in South Africa, says prin­ci­pal, Mor­nay Schoe­man. It of­fers three year cour­ses in in­te­rior de­sign and graphic de­sign and 10-month part-time cour­ses in in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing and ar­chi­tec­tural draugh­t­ing.

Aware of the dis­crep­an­cies in the stan­dard of liv­ing in South Africa, the school makes a point of in­volv­ing its stu­dents with dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties.

Meyer + Vorster Ar­chi­tects has bought more than 280m² on the third floor of the his­toric ar­moury build­ing in Buchanan Square. Ti­aan Meyer, who founded the firm in 2002 with Jan-Heyn Vorster, says the premises suits the firm ad­mirably be­cause the en­tire precinct is fast be­com­ing recog­nised as the new creative cen­tre in Cape Town – from ad­ver­tis­ing, photography and mod­el­ling cast­ing to fur­ni­ture and fash­ion sales, ce­ram­ics and custom de­signed kitchens.

With a staff of seven, Meyer + Vorster of­fers ar­chi­tec­ture, ur­ban de­sign and in­te­rior de­sign/dé­cor ser­vices. Meyer says the firm has al­ways had a strong ori­en­ta­tion to­wards avant-garde hous­ing, but it has also been in­volved with big projects like the Northpine Secondary School, the Ina Paar­man kitchen at Con­stan­tia and the Kuyasa Trans­port In­ter­change at Khayelit­sha.

The third new oc­cu­pant is the Best Blind Com­pany, which has pur­chased more than 300m² in the newly re­fur­bished Hills build­ing part of Buchanan Square.

Founded by sis­ters Tracy and Debbie Hutch­ings, The Best Blind Com­pany cre­ates blinds, cur­tains and soft fur­nish­ings for projects as far afield as Lon­don, New York, Mau­ri­tius and Villa Or­pheus in Mykonos, Greece.

“Af­ter see­ing a lack in the lo­cal mar­ket of qual­ity, con­tem­po­rary poles and fit­tings we de­signed our own exclusive range of stain­less steel fit­tings which we sup­ply to the in­dus­try lo­cally and na­tion­ally,” says Debbie.

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