Sustaining the environment, Westown will connect people with spaces and experiences.
A locally-driven initiative that connects people with spaces and experiences, Westown offers a brand new destination for living, working, shopping, business and recreational activities within a managed, urban environment that supports a range of amenities and facilities.
These include the retail offerings of Westown Square and Westown Lifestyle, The West Private Hospital, residential apartments, a warehousing and logistics precinct, commercial/business activities and uses, and an active green belt.
Led by Fundamentum Property Group, which has significant experience in property development, property leasing and property management, the new city of the west is anticipated to unlock the region’s investment potential and generate some R15-billion in new investment over the next 10-15 years, while at the same time increasing the value of home and property prices in the area.
“Our mixed-use development is guided by an urban sustainability agenda – inclusive, environmentally sustainable, high-energy, safe and secure,” says Fundamentum CEO, Carlos Correia. “This includes harnessing the open spaces and ecological assets synonymous with the region, such as horse riding, trail running, mountain biking, walking, birding, and other outdoor pursuits.”
Westown’s focus is on innovation, creating a legacy of inter-disciplinary planning, engineering, architecture and place-making. Starting with the long-overdue upgrade of Kassier Road, the commitment by the eThekweni Municipality to the funding of this infrastructure development has enabled Westown to begin development. This includes the road upgrade itself, the supporting bulk infrastructure (water, wastewater, electricity) and the development of Westown Square.
A 48 500m2 retail high street environment where indoor meets outdoor, offering entertainment, recreation, lifestyle, and leisure for all ages, Westown Square will be built on a human scale to be open, permeable and accessible. Structured around the architectural landscaped Town Gardens and Town Square, Westown Square will include an amphitheatre and a maze along with children’s play areas.
Anchored by an 8 500m2 new generation Checkers Hyper and a Pick n Pay new concept store, Westown Square will be complemented by a variety of other offerings making up the 150 retail tenants.
Westown is designed around a SMART CITY framework – including precinct management via a Management Association, water, waste and energy demand mitigation. The intention is for recycling to occur on a micro/site level on top of measures aimed at re-using and reducing waste as much as possible. Plans are in place to facilitate a new waste-to-energy facility in the area, generating economic and employment opportunities, complemented by energy reduction measures and micro-solar solutions. Water saving and reduction is also part of the development along with rainwater harvesting and reuse where possible.
“We are grateful for the support and patience of our neighbours and stakeholders, including the Durban Shongweni Club and Polo Club, Enviroserv, Shongweni Farmers Market and Denny Mushroom Farm, as well as the local chief, indunas and councillors of wards 7 and 103, who are working with us to ensure Westown becomes a true asset for the area,” says Correia.
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