Tyger Valley Shopping Centre, a major 82,844m² regional retail complex in Bellville, Cape Town, has commenced with a major renovation and refurbishment programme.
The Centre is located just off the N1 highway, in the heart of the booming Tyger Valley business district in Belville. The area lies within the city of Tygerberg, which is frequently referred to as the ‘Sandton of the Western Cape’.
It is one of the youngest cities in the world, having been founded in 1996 following the amalgamation of the Bellville, Durbanville, Goodwood, Parow and Khayelitsha municipalities. The city has approximately 1 million residents and maintains the second-highest level of disposable income outside of Sandton, Johannesburg.
Bentel Associates International (BAI) is leading the overall refurbishment design which involves a major contemporary revamp of the interiors including new ceilings, tiling, ceilings, shop fronts in certain areas and balustrades. “Our overall design objective is to ensure that Tyger Valley once again takes its place as one of the Western Cape’s pre-eminent shopping centre destinations,” says Franc Brugman, BAI senior director.
“The centre is due a major refurbishment and it’s time to bring the youth market back to the centre, which we plan on achieving with a major redesign of the Arena, Tyger Valley’s central entertainment node. We have designed a larger restaurant deck to the top level, and a magnificent new skylight which will allow an abundance of natural light, thus ensuring a fresh and totally new contemporary aesthetic to the entertainment zone.”
The refurbishment will also extend to the rationalisation of shops currently trading and planning to enter the centre whilst circulation routes in the malls have been realigned and opened up to ensure better circulation and site lines.
Two extensions to the current plan layout of the mall include the extension of the upper Game layout enabling Game to operate over a single floor and the extension of the current Woolworths box. Woolworths is planning an extensive renovation to their store which will ensure Tyger Valley is home to a Woolworths’ flagship store.
The new interiors will include a more modern design approach that will deliver clean lines and a fresher outlay.
Building and Management System “A major component of the refurbishment is the upgrading, regeneration and replacement as is necessary of the electrical, fire and mechanical infrastructure, some of which is some 30 years old,” adds Brugman.
“An important addition to the buildings infrastructure will be the inclusion of a state-of-the-art Building Management System which will incorporate all electronic and mechanical systems enabling centre management to be able to monitor and manage the building in the most efficient way possible. Wherever possible, green and sustainable initiatives to ensure a reduction in energy demand of the centre will be included”.
The Centre is being refurbished by owners Pareto and Metropolitan Properties, both major players in the retail property industry. Pareto has been involved in the development of several significant shopping centres such as Cresta and Sandton City in Johannesburg and the Pavilion in KwaZulu Natal.
Works have already commenced on site with the main contractor appointed to the site, WBHO taking occupation of the site on Tuesday 15th February 2011. The Arena refurbishment is programmed for completion by the end of 2011 whilst all works envisaged for the refurbishment will be completed by November 2012.
More about Tyger Valley Shopping Centre Close to the Cape Town CBD, the Centre has proved exceptionally popular with local and international shoppers since its inception in 1985. Extensive customer care and parking facilities have also boosted trade.
Demand for space is reflected in its 99.3% occupancy rate and although stiff competition has come from the Cape Gate and Canal Walk Shopping Centres, both within a 10km radius of the centre, Tyger Valley Shopping Centre’s visitor numbers and turnover continue to grow.
The stylish mall currently features 275 stores, restaurants, a banking mall with bureau de change facilities, medical and dental facilities and a Ster-Kinekor complex with 10 cinemas.
The central showcase is the Tyger Valley Arena, which combines an entertainment arena with food outlets, banking facilities and unique retail stores.