Construction of phase 2 of Irene Link development in South Africa is set to commence soon. Property developer Abland revealed the development and said that they will break ground for the project this month.
The Irene Link development will include a 12 000m² convenience shopping centre, on which construction will start in the fourth quarter of this year. Construction of the mixed-use precinct is estimated to cost US $132m. Giflo and SOM will partner with Abland for the project which is conveniently located on Alexander Road, just off Botha Avenue interchange from the N1 freeway.
Spectrum of mixed-use elements
According to Abland MD Jurgens Prinsloo, Irene Link will offer a broad spectrum of mixed-use elements such as office space, medical services, restaurants, a national grocer, a preschool, a hotel, a business centre with conference facilities, beauty and health facilities; and big green areas in one flowing organic precinct. An education facility will also be included in the development.
“Our aim is to make Irene Link one of the first smart precincts or smart cities in Gauteng. At this infrastructure phase, the connectivity of the precinct is planned to link all the functions of the precinct into a smart city with interconnected buildings and security, smart taxi drop-offs and a public WiFi area. We will aslo include backup water and power, with renewable solar energy,” said MD Jurgens.
The commercial building will be ready for occupation in October 2020. The MD Jurgens revealed that there are plans for a future Gautrain station and bus stations in the vicinity. Phase one of the development involved construction of a mixed-use precinct called Irene Boulevard. The precinct became the new home to Barloworld Logistics, a division of Barloworld who will be vacated their Sandton offices