Mall of Africa opens on 28 April
Developed on a scale beyond anything the country has known by leading South African property developer and investor Atterbury,
the iconic new Mall of Africa is set to open on 28 April 2016.
Southern Africa’s largest single-phase shopping centre development to date, the R5-billion Mall of Africa, is a 130,000-m2 super-regional mall that sets a new benchmark for shopping centres on the continent.
Commenting on the Mall of Africa development, Louis van der Watt, CEO of Atterbury says: “Mall of Africa’s exceptional scale, design, location and retail mix places it at the forefront of development.”
Mall of Africa is co-owned by two leading South African property companies. JSE-listed real estate capital growth fund Attacq Limited holds the commercial development rights to Waterfall and owns 80% of the Mall of Africa. Atterbury Property Developments owns 20% of Mall of Africa and is responsible for the Mall of Africa development project, on behalf of Attacq.
Atterbury began the construction of Mall of Africa nearly three-and-a-half years ago, on 28 October 2012. Its construction area covers a massive 550,000 m2 – or 78 rugby fields and the perimeter is 1.75 km long.
Ehlers also reveals that over 6 km of shopfront has been created inside Mall of Africa. Plus, more than 530 km of post-tensioning cable has been used in its construction, as well as 18,500 tons of rebar and 205,000 m3 of concrete.
During the construction of Mall of Africa 3,078 people were employed and, by January 2016, they had worked 10.41-million man hours.
A major benefit of Mall of Africa is easy access from all areas and Atterbury has undertaken major road upgrades around the development.
The mall has around 6,500 parking bays, most under cover. It also offers valet parking, special drop-off facilities for buses and dedicated Uber pick-up and drop-off points – a first in the South African retail environment. It is also minutes away from the Gautrain Midrand Station.
The project implemented multiple green technologies, including a massive photovoltaic installation on the roof that will be the largest in Africa and will provide 4.8MVA of sustainable power for the centre. The mall will use grey water harvesting in all public toilets and for the irrigation. Its design has maximized natural light in such a way that shopper comfort is also optimised.
More information from Zahn Hulme, Tel:0124711600/www.atterbury.co.za