RETAIL / COMMERCIAL / RESIDENTIAL
It’s difficult to imagine a better positioned locality throughout the Greater Durban region for people to live and work than BEACON ROCK in the Village of Umhlanga Rocks. It is so aptly named. The site is perhaps the most strategic and distinctive development on a rapidly evolving Greater Durban landscape spreading northwards.
As a signpost for the relentless displacement of Durban lifestyle, its signatory: An extraordinarily well-positioned residential / commercial / retail building - highlighted by an innovative wind vane, too! You will grasp this reality by understanding the phenomenal and enduring growth of places like Gateway, Umhlanga Rocks, Mt. Edgecombe, Zimbali, Ballito, King Shaka International Airport, Salt Rock, Umhlali and onwards.
On the one hand it offers people outstanding convenience, luxury and seaside pleasure. On the other it promises immediate access to everywhere else.
In a nutshell this niche site offers phenomenal diversity to both tenants and residents. All forms of business, commerce and retail, lie right on its doorstep. And just up the hill is Durban’s new business district, La Lucia Ridge and the Gateway Theatre of Shopping.
As a backdrop to its commercial convenience, where else might you find such established sophistication and recreational beauty as embodied in its nearby expansive beaches, seaside promenades, hotels, restaurants and walkways? It simply ticks all the boxes!
The broad architectural concept of Beacon Rock incorporates the traditional mixed-use
building; retail, offices and residential. The ground floor retail base (at street level)
serves as an urban buffer, whilst the offices are situated above. This effectively elevates the private residential accommodation to the top of the building.
From a residential viewpoint the building helps meet the shortage of well-designed luxury medium-density housing; and within a particularly exciting urban setting. The design is tasteful and elegant; making use of clean lines and bold forms. It does not confine itself to a specific style.
Beacon Rock is a two-phase project.
The first phase consists of three development zones. The first includes 2300m2 of retail space at ground level. This can be subdivided into smaller shops whilst the second zone offers 6 000m2 of offices spread over 4 levels. A typical footplate consists of approximately 940m2 per floor and offers contemporary sub-divisible and open-plan office opportunities. The office block is self contained and could house a single corporate entity. The third zone represents 4 levels in two separate blocks. This represents 8 200m2 of residential apartments, comprising a mix of one, two, three and 4 bedrooms units. There are a total of 68 apartments with approximately 80% being 2 and 3 bedroom units. The apartments embody a sensible use of space. They are private in their relationship to each other, while offering easy interaction with the surrounding shopping and entertainment amenities of Umhlanga Village.
Some of these amenities include ample undercover, secure parking with residents enjoying dedicated parking allocations based on unit size and type. Sohpisticated security controls, generous lobbies and protected landscaped courtyards, one of which incorporates a common pool area, provide added degrees of security and comfort.and
The second phase of the development lies to the north of the first phase. Here residential coverage amounts to some 3 300 m2 whilst the retail and office components amount to 1 900 m2. The developer’s intention would be to launch this phase only once Phase 1 has been successfully developed.