Hemingways Shopping Centre by gyvwpsjkko


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                                                                                                                                                           Located five kilometres west of East London’s CBD, this ‘greensfield’ development did not offer
                                                                                                                                                                  the usual advantages of unimpeded space associated with out-of-town projects

                Hemingways Shopping                                                                                                            "Retail history has shown that
                                                                                                                                               developing mega shopping centres
                                                                                                                                               in relatively remote areas has
                                                                                                                                                                                                            West Pavilion (Durban); and Gateway Theatre of Shopping (Umhlanga).
                                                                                                                                                                                                            It is the profound vision of Billion Property Group’s CEO Sisa Ngebulana
                                                                                                                                                                                                            to mimic this phenomena in East London with Hemingways. Inclusive of
                                                                                                                                                                                                            over 200 tenants, the centre’s anchors will include Woolworths (5,340m2),

                                                                                                                                               the potential to take on a life of                           Pick’n Pay (5,000m2) and Edgars (3,560m2). Additionally, there will be three
                                                                                                                                                                                                            cinemas and an 1,100m2 rooftop stand-alone specialist retail area.
                                                                                                                                               their own by becoming a retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Under the reins of the group’s development team led by Don King and James
                                                                                                                                               hub and often spawning ancillary                             Stewart, in conjunction with the Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors, in
                                                                                                                                               surrounding developments"                                    directing the value-engineering and ‘build-ability’ of the development in order

                    It is becoming clear to those          With approximately 15,000m2 of built area and 75,000m2 of lettable area,
                                                           Hemingways Shopping Centre will be approximately four times the size
                    witnessing the development             of its nearest retail rival (Vincent Park Centre) and is designed to be more
                    scene in East London that              sophisticated and contemporary than any other building in the city.

                    Billion Property Group’s new           The concrete structure, now clearly visible along the N2 highway indicates
                    Hemingways Shopping Centre             the sheer mass of the centre, which overall will exceed 100m wide and 600m
                                                           long, while the basement and mezzanine parking floors will combine for a
                    will positively alter the lifestyles   total of 3000 parking bays. CEO of Billion Construction, Lucas Labuschagne,
                                                           confirms that the development will utilise 67,000m3 of concrete and thus far,
                    of most local residents as well as     150,000m2 of horizontal formwork and 30,000m2 of vertical formwork has
                    patrons from outlying areas.           been used on site.

                                                           Retail history has shown that developing mega shopping centres in relatively
                                                           remote areas has the potential to take on a life of their own by becoming a
                                                           retail hub and often spawning ancillary surrounding developments. This has
                                                           been the case for other developments such as Canal Walk (Cape Town); The
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                                 to best use the project budget in culminating this
                                 development, there is no doubt that on completion,
                                 Hemingways Shopping Centre will be a world-class
                                 retail experience and an asset to the City of East
                                 London. Valued at R800 million (US $76 million)
                                 and ahead of its August 2009 completion, Billion
                                 Construction reports that all is on schedule, though
                                 as all projects, there were a few hitches.

                                 Overcoming the Odds
                                 Located five kilometres west of East London’s CBD,
                                 this ‘greensfield’ development did not offer the
                                 usual advantages of unimpeded space associated
                                 with out-of-town projects. John Townsend of Betts
                                 Townsend Project & Construction Management
                                 states: “The problem has been that the site is
                                 bounded on three sides by roads [N2 highway, Two
                                 Rivers Road and Western Avenue] and the fourth
                                 side abuts Hemingways Casino and a hotel, the
                                 boundary line, which actually passes through the
                                 new building.”
                                 The site and ground works were completed in mid-
                                 2008 with over 1,200 piles being drilled and cast      strict guidelines on how the construction contract    linking parking and retail levels. These nodes will      Creating a Destination
                                 to provide the foundations for the new building        should proceed with as little disruption to ongoing   have a distinctive colour palette per node that          More than just a typical ‘one-stop’ location,
                                 on a site fraught with geo-technical and ground        casino operations.                                    will be visually pleasing as well as informative         Hemingways shopping centre will be a vibrant hub
                                 water problems. The steep natural slope of the site                                                          for orientation purposes. The design over these          within East London and will become the desired
                                 also caused major design problems, which were          An important clause in this agreement stipulated      nodes allows natural light to permeate the mall. All     destination for shopping fashion, entertainment,
                                 overcome by the design and construction teams.         that, as the existing casino parking area would       the different levels will be visible at these nodes. A   hotel accommodation, food and dining. It has been
                                 In order to minimise disruptions to the adjoining      be taken over by the site, a further two sites        major exhibition / promotion court was created on        designed for convenience and upmarket lifestyle,
                                 casino, Billion Property Group and Tsogo Sun, the      with over 700 bays would be constructed and           the tower retail level, visible from the upper retail    a place where family, friends and business
South Africa

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                                 casino operators, entered an agreement setting out     handed over to the casino for public use. These       and rooftop level.                                       associates will meet for a unique and pleasant
                                                                                        temporary parking areas were duly constructed                                                                  experience.
                                                                                        and maintained by the project team during the         This exhibition area will spill out through a vast
                                                                                        construction process.                                 glass curtain wall onto balconies allowing shoppers
                                                                                                                                              to glance over the highway and the valleys
                                                                                        Design                                                surrounding East London. Another promotion
                                                                                        The design team, Louis Piens Architects headed        area was created at the entrance to the existing
                                                                                        up by Mr. Neels Fourie, were briefed by the client    casino, which will double up as an amphitheatre
                                                                                        to design the new centre in line with the current     where live shows will be hosted for patrons of
                                                                                        architectural style of the Hemingways Casino          surrounding restaurants. Numerous pause areas
                                                                                        building, to ensure design continuity between the     were also designed within the centre to provide
                                                                                        new centre and the existing precinct. Neels states    seating areas for patrons.
                                                                                        that the mall was designed with four vertical nodes

                                                                                         PROJECT TEAM

                                                                                             Client:                                      Billion Property Group (Pty) Ltd
                                                                                                                                          Hemingways Shopping Centre (Pty) Ltd
                                                                                             Project Manager:                             Betts Townsend (Pty) Ltd
                                                                                             Leasing Agents:                              Retail Network Services
                                                                                             Architect:                                   LP Architects
                                                                                             Quantity Surveyor:                           QS Two Quantity Surveyors
                                                                                             Structural/Civil/Traffic Engineers:          PDNA Consulting Engineers
                                                                                             Mechanical Engineer:                         Charles Pein & Partners
                                                                                             Electrical Engineer:                         Quad Africa (Pty) Ltd
                                                                                             Fire Protection Consultants:                 Specialized Fire Technology
                                                                                             Environmental Consultants:                   Arcus Gibb
                                                                                             Safety Consultants:                          Cairnmead Safety Consultants
                                                                                             Main Contractor:                             Billion Construction (Pty) Ltd
                                                                                             Town Planner:                                Nzelenzele Preston & Medcalf Inc.

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