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Urbanisation leads Cornubia, Ballito, Umhlanga, and Sibaya to be development hot spots

The coast north of
Durban will continue to
see most commercial
development this year with
key nodes such as Cornubia
and Ballito remaining the
focus for developers.
Umhlanga and Sibaya will
also be among the province’s
development hot spots. 
FWJK Developments will
focus on the development of
office blocks in the Umhlanga
area, with further industrial
mini factory development
on the northern node,
says chief executive Dave
Williams-Jones. 
The company will also
undertake a new residential
development in Umhlanga.
“Umhlanga and Sibaya
remain the development hot
spots due to the ongoing
urbanisation of the corridor
north of Durban. 
This
follows insofar as industrial
development is concerned
as well.”
Williams-Jones explains
that FWJK is also planning
to launch its new 5 000m² Ridge 8 office block at Ridgeside Office Estate in Umhlanga and a mini-factory development at Cornubia.

Agreeing that the northern corridor will continue to be a hive of development this year, Yianni Pavlou, company principal at Portfolio Property Investments, says many projects were launched last year, including in Gateway, Cornubia, Ballito, and Umhlanga Ridge. The focus will be to complete these this year.

“I am aware of more launches in these nodes and hopefully some action in the Dube Trade Port area which will trigger a variety of development opportunities.

An artist impression of FWJK’s Ridge 7 office block. Picture: FWJK Developments

“We have secured good mandates in these nodes and are excited about the quality of developments being proposed.”

Pavlou says the hot growth nodes will be the Sibaya precinct and Umhlanga Ridge with pockets of industrial and commercial developments in Hammarsdale, Cornubia and South Durban Basin. And he believes there will be a focus on turnaround and redevelopment projects in the Durban CBD and its periphery.

The Umhlanga node is fast becoming a booming destination with many blue-chip tenants moving there, says Strathmore Commercial Industrial Properties’ area specialist Andrew Neal.

Another drawcard for commercial tenants is the completion of the N2 / M41 interchange to “drastically improve” traffic flow and increase the accessibility of areas such as Cornubia and Mount Edgecombe. The proposed GO! Durban terminal in New Town – set to provide more reliable transport for tenants and their employees living in surrounding areas – will further attract businesses to Umhlanga.

“Again Umhlanga is showing it is the location of choice for premium office and retail space. The new Cornubia Mall, expansion at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, residential developments across all income brackets and the ongoing construction of office space shows the demand for convenient live, work and play areas remains strong.”

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