Investec Property warms-up plans for Multi-Billion Rand Cornubia project development

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A mixed use and mixed income development spanning over 20 years, the multi-billion rand Cornubia project, is one of the province's and ethekwini's big priority projects A mixed use and mixed income development spanning over 20 years, the multi-billion rand Cornubia project, is one of the province's and ethekwini's big priority projects

Cornubia itself encompasses the mixed-use development of 1 200 hectares of land, set to change the skyline between Umhlanga and King Shaka Airport over the next 20 years.

Investec Property will be among the first developers to break ground within the multi-billion rand Cornubia project, following its acquisition of 13 hectares of land earmarked for retail development.

Architectural plans for a 90 000m2 shopping centre are in their final stages of approval. The exciting new location and the innovative design of the centre are attracting interest from prospective retail tenants, said Investec Property’s Ronnie Sevitz.

“This momentous project has been in the pipeline for over two years and we are thrilled to be able to share our building plans for Cornubia. We are engaging prospective national retailers and hope to be able to break ground in September 2013,” said Sevitz.

Cornubia itself encompasses the mixed-use development of 1 200 hectares of land, set to change the skyline between Umhlanga and King Shaka Airport over the next 20 years.

The enormous total land space that comprises the Cornubia development, currently owned by Tongaat Hulett, will be dedicated to the development of bulk commercial, industrial and mixed use areas with a focus on bulk commercial. 

•    Commercial development: 240 hectares
•    Industrial: 200 hectares
•    Mixed use: 745 000m2

The site acquired by Investec Property is located within the mixed use node of Cornubia which will include office and retail developments. This part of the development is conveniently situated close to existing business precincts.

Commenting on the proposed design, Sevitz said they had worked closely with the architects to create a space that would enhance the shopping experience. The unique design incorporates the convenience of a retail park combined with the sophistication of a mall.  In addition, the road network is integrated as part of the development so that shoppers can park and find their way into the mall with ease. 

“The mall has an open-air multi-layer structure, and the innovative design will include dedicated fashion, sporting, entertainment, child-friendly and additional food emporium sections to make it easier for consumers to find what they’re looking for.  Interspersed among the shopping areas, will be a series of piazzas and landscaped open spaces, which we expect will make this a popular area and key asset for Cornubia and the surrounding areas. Cornubia will bring new meaning to the concept of retail lifestyle estates, it is new and exciting and we are extremely proud to be leading the way,” he concluded.


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