Atterbury’s development of Mall of Africa was named the winning retail development in the prestigious accolades. Atterbury also scooped the industrial development award for the third year running for its development of the new Amrod head office.
The SAPOA Property Development for Innovative Excellence Awards strive to acknowledge and reward the best the property developments South Africa has to offer, celebrating exceptional design quality, green building, originality. The awards were announced last night at a ceremony at Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Upon receiving the awards for the two landmark developments, James Ehlers of Atterbury Property Developments, had this to say: “Winning these awards from SAPOA is indeed a great honour, and is a testament to the exceptional quality of the team we have built here at Atterbury and the distinctly successful developments we deliver.”
The iconic Mall of Africa opened its magnificent doors to Gauteng residents last year, boasting over 300 stores, a wide variety of restaurants, entertainment and services, all neatly packaged into the largest single-phase shopping mall the country has ever seen.
Mall of Africa also features a wonderful outdoor park, complete with an amphitheatre; children’s play area and an interactive musical water fountain, and a vibrant town square, all with beautifully landscaped surroundings.
Inspired by Africa's geological features, and easily accessible to most of Gauteng, construction on the Mall of Africa first began in 2012. Developed on a scale beyond anything the country has known by Atterbury, Mall of Africa opened with a total retail area of 131 000sqm, which set a new benchmark for shopping centres on the continent.
During the construction of Mall of Africa a substantial 3,078 people were employed for the project. The mall’s construction area covered a massive 550,000sqms, or 78 rugby fields, and a stroll around the building’s perimeter will take you on a walk of 1.75 kilometres.
Cobus van Heerden of Atterbury Property Developments says: “With the development of Mall of Africa, we have created an unrivalled shopping experience, one that we believe is truly world-class and we are thrilled that SAPOA has recognised its excellence. A development of this sheer size requires extraordinary levels of expertise, experience and skill.”
Atterbury’s multi-billion-rand mall development has enhanced the diversity of the retail sector in South Africa, changed Gauteng’s skyline and stimulated the economy.
Atterbury’s industrial award-winning new development for Amrod head office is also situated in Waterfall City, Midrand, and includes 30,400sqm of warehouse space.
This is the third year in a row that Atterbury has won the industrial development category at the SAPOA Awards. Last year, its outstanding development for Hilti at Waterfall Logistics Precinct was named the winner. And, in 2015, Atterbury won the category with its industrial development for Westcon at Waterfall.
Ehlers notes: “We are suitably proud of what we have achieved with these developments, and this recognition we have received from SAPOA only serves to make us prouder. These awards highlights our achievements so far, and it will only drive us to work harder and push further in what we can achieve in future.”