Restau­rant node opens with din­ing firsts

R400m mixed-use re­tail cen­tre opens in Som­er­set West over­look­ing re­ha­bil­i­tated wa­ter body

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY - SATUR­DAY

THE DE­VEL­OP­ERS be­hind Som­er­set West’s Water­stone Vil­lage have cel­e­brated the open­ing of their R400-mil­lion mixed-use re­tail and con­ve­nience devel­op­ment, The Sanc­tu­ary.

An­chored on the cor­ner of the R44 and De Beers Av­enue, the three-storey build­ing of­fers 8 000m² of re­tail space on the ground floor, with a fur­ther 8 000m² of op­tic fi­bre-con­nected of­fice space and a Vir­gin Ac­tive gym on floors one and two.

De­signed by SVA In­ter­na­tional Cape Town, The Sanc­tu­ary has the first for­malised restau­rant node for Som­er­set West, bring­ing with it pop­u­lar Gaut­eng steak­house fran­chise, Turn ‘n Ten­der – a first for the West­ern Cape. Res­i­dents will no longer need to drive to Stel­len­bosch to ex­pe­ri­ence the pop­u­lar Java and Craft restau­rants, as these two brands are also set to open be­fore the end of the year. Other eater­ies in­clude Casa Bella and the newlook Cape Town Fish Mar­ket, Crème de Le­vain ar­ti­san bak­ery and patis­serie, and Sim­ply Greek – open­ing in Jan­uary.

In ad­di­tion to ac­claim for sev­eral malls in its port­fo­lio, Aba­cus re­cently scooped the top hon­ours for its mixed-use re­tail devel­op­ment in Jo­han­nes­burg, Dain­fern Square, at the SA Coun­cil of Shop­ping Cen­tres’ (SACSC) an­nual re­tail de­sign and devel­op­ment awards. The mall won the cat­e­gory for new neigh­bour­hood and con­ve­nience shop­ping cen­tre smaller than 20 000m².

Aba­cus has also re­ceived ac­claimed for Mooiriv­ier Mall in Potchef­stroom; Water­stone Vil­lage in Som­er­set West; Mat­losana Mall in Klerks­dorp; and Bay­west Mall in Port El­iz­a­beth. Among these are the SACSC Na­tional Re­tail De­sign and Devel­op­ment Award for su­per­re­gional malls and shop­ping cen­tres, as well as the Spec­trum Award that cel­e­brates re­tail ex­cel­lence across all dis­ci­plines and sec­tors in SA.

Three-storey

al­low restau­rants to trade in­ter­nally or ex­ter­nally, de­pend­ing on the weather.

The re­ha­bil­i­tated wa­ter body serves as a stormwa­ter re­ten­tion fa­cil­ity. The de­vel­op­ers have re­moved tons of pol­luted soil and im­ple­mented a wa­ter and land­scap­ing main­te­nance pro­gramme to en­sure the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment can prop­a­gate and pro­vide a sanc­tu­ary for birdlife in the area. A built path that me­an­ders around the edge al­lows bird­watch­ers ac­cess to all sides and in­cludes rest ar­eas and benches.

“There will be on­go­ing mon­i­tor­ing of fauna – specif­i­cally birds – in part­ner­ship with lo­cal stake­hold­ers,” says Blows.

Aba­cus As­set Man­age­ment leas­ing di­rec­tor Eradus van An­twer­pen says the cen­tre will pri­mar­ily serve Som­er­set West, Strand and Gor­don’s Bay res­i­dents.

“It is the first restau­rant hub for Som­er­set West, and the cen­tre of­fers ex­tended trad­ing hours and a safe trad­ing en­vi­ron­ment along a high-traf­fic node,” says van An­twer­pen.

“A key fea­ture for busi­ness ten­ants at the cen­tre is the high-speed con­nec­tiv­ity and its con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion just 20 min­utes’ from Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port. As with all new Aba­cus de­vel­op­ments, the shop­ping cen­tre is fully net­worked with op­tic fi­bre. Vo­da­com will pro­vide voice and data ser­vices to all re­tail and of­fice ten­ants with speeds far in ex­cess of what is avail­able,” says Van An­twer­pen.

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