De Blok Centre
Brand new kid on the Development Block oozes functionality
de BLOK is an exciting new mixed-use development in Mbombela which combines high-end office space with specialised retail and restaurant space. This blend of complementary uses creates a development with a unique feel and character.
de BLOK is situated on the prominent corner of Ferreira and Wilhelm Street opposite the established El Madre centre, strategically located with excellent visual exposure and a high degree of visibility, in close proximity to the CBD as well as the residential areas of Steiltes, Matumi, Uitsig, Noordsig, Shandon and the older, well-established suburbs of Mbombela.
It provides the ideal setting for professional offices. Abundant on-site parking is available with short commuting distances to home and school.
de BLOK is a redevelopment of four existing residential houses and outbuildings which have been transformed under the guidance of Cecilia Janse van Rensburg of CEA Architects. Every effort has been made to maintain the original architectural style of these late 1970s houses while incorporating a modern touch and contemporary architectural features. It is designed to the ideology of green living and with a reduced carbon footprint and blends harmoniously with the existing developed and natural environment. This coming together of architectural styles has created an exciting yet functional development.
Full redevelopment of the interior of all structures has been done to ensure the provision of upmarket facilities for tenants. All twelve office units feature private bathroom and kitchen facilities and the majority of the units are detached, free-standing units with ground-floor access.
Building interiors are a fusion of modern and industrial elements, incorporating concrete entrance features and shutter exposed concrete ceilings, not commonly featured in office space design.
Core to the development vision was a desire to reintroduce an improved quality of life. A sustainable development approach was employed in the redevelopment of the sites and this was achieved by retaining existing structures and through the reuse of existing material insofar as possible. While building interiors boast brand-new, modern architectural design, exterior walls, windows and roofs of existing structures have been retained.
True to their vision to improve quality of life, the developers have approached the landscaping of the development with the same philosophy as the building process. Approximately 15% of the site will be landscaped with green open spaces incorporating a beautifully landscaped courtyard and tranquil water features. Under the guidance of well-known local landscape architect, Troos van der Merwe, of Fever Tree Synergy Landscaping, the design of the gardens is expected to unfold during April 2016. Mindful of the current water challenges, indigenous trees will be planted to complement the existing trees on-site. Pedestrian walkways are provided throughout the development, linking the various units, the courtyard and the delightful gardens.
On a more practical yet nevertheless highly important note, the existing municipal engineering services to the site have been replaced with new water, sanitation and electrical infrastructure. Internal road design and on-site parking is constructed to the highest engineering standards to ensure convenient access and ease of movement on the premises.
Prepaid water and electrical meters are provided to each unit, significantly reducing operational costs.
Security of both tenants and visitors to the site is of the utmost importance to the developers and, to ensure that high standards of security are attained, 24-hour security is provided on-site. The property will be enclosed with Clearvu perimeter fencing, contributing to the safety of tenants and centre patrons alike. Ample parking is provided for the development with a generous parking provision of five parking spaces per 100m² gross leasable floor area. Tenants also enjoy the option of undercover parking bays. The tenant mix of de BLOK is expected to be an exciting mix of retail, office and restaurant developments with office tenants making up the bulk of the occupancy. With 60% of the development let and some units already occupied in December 2015, this development is on track to be fully let when completed in June 2016. The de BLOK development enjoys a phenomenal take-up rate with 40% of the development let before construction had commenced. With its catchy name, the development is rapidly becoming a name on everyone’s lips. Upon completion of the development and at full occupancy, de BLOK is expected to be one of the most exciting new developments of 2016 and a landmark development for the city.
de BLOK is the brainchild of a consortium of professionals with many years of experience in the property development industry. The realisation of a long-standing dream is achieved through a responsible approach to addressing service infrastructure and traffic flow, combined with a development philosophy which strives for harmony and balance. The aligning of practical experience and a heartfelt desire to create a sustainable development has resulted in de BLOK.
de BLOK - it’s the new kid on the development block!