Abland, a leading property developer for over 30 years, together with its partners; Giflo Developments and SOM have commenced work on a new mixed-use precinct called Irene Boulevard in the heart of Irene, South of Pretoria. This site will become the new home to Barloworld Logistics, a division of Barloworld who will be vacating their Sandton offices to occupy this new site.
“What started as a retail centre deal has now evolved into mixed-use precinct, where Abland will be integrating retail and commercial offerings. Abland shared their master plan with Barloworld, who was impressed and immediately bought into the bigger concept,” says Thinus Delport, Development Director, Abland.
The precinct will bring a bespoke lifestyle and a 16,000-m² shopping centre to the Irene market with the Barloworld Logistics headquarters comprising 5,500m² of the property.
“We broke ground mid-March 2018 and are aiming for completion of the Barloworld Logistics headquarters in April 2019. Barloworld Limited is a partner in the Barloworld Logistics development and we are privileged to have one of their headquarters become a showpiece of the precinct,” adds Delport.
The Irene site is a well-established area, boasting an affluent audience with a penchant for all things stylish and contemporary. The well-established residential element makes it a very attractive area to settle in. Located on Alexander Road just off the Botha Avenue interchange, the mixed-use precinct is well-situated with great exposure to the N1 highway and is easily accessible. There are plans for a future Gautrain station in the vicinity.
The precinct’s striking design will make it very visible from the N1 highway. The first building, the Barloworld Logistics Head office, will be a 4 Star rated Green building.
“Barloworld Logistics new headquarters is a physical embodiment of our vision for the company – modern, future-focused and fit-for-purpose,” says Kamogelo Mmutlana, CEO Barloworld Logistics. “We are excited to be co-creating this new space which will offer employees a superb environment to experience all the precinct promises to offer.”
Phase 2 of the development, which is the retail leg, will kick off in Q3 2018 – offering convenient retail and lifestyle amenities which include; a leading national grocer, new and existing restaurants, beauty and health facilities, giving the shopper all the services they would need from a centre.