The centre owner, Acucap Investments Pty Ltd, a JSE-listed company, is pleased to announce the opening of a section of the new parking area at the centre. Although construction will continue until March 2009, the current release of new parking will immediately ease the congestion.
As the hoarding starts coming down, customers will experience increased convenience and a top-class shopping experience, in the heart of their community. The parking construction has taken careful attention of the environment in which it is located. It has used latest practices and procedures to preserve the natural surroundings during building and minimise the impact on the environment, especially the Liesbeek River.
Anchor tenants include Pick n Pay, Clicks, Nedbank and FNB, making Rondebosch Village your one-stop for local convenience. There is something for everyone, whether you are 18 or 80-years old. The centre has served the local community since the 1960s, and offers modern convenience combined with a friendly, neighbourhood atmosphere.
Improvements for you
The mall renovation initiative, dubbed "Improvements for you", focused on getting the basic, yet vital, details right. A key current development is the opening of the new parking area, with twice as much parking than before. An additional 205 parking bays will be available for your convenience. A new upper level parking area with direct pedestrian and trolley lift access to the malls will be complete in early 2009. The new parking area will give customers convenient and secure access to shops, restaurants, banks and other facilities on the upper level of the mall.
The parking will be managed and maintained by parking experts Afripark - who are currently doing a great job of minimising inconvenience during the building works. For added convenience you will be able to get your car washed while you shop. An environmentally friendly car wash in the parking garage will use bio-degradable detergents and collect all waste water safely - taking care of your car and the environment.
Stepping inside the mall, local favourite, Pick n Pay, is planning a substantial upgrade, due for completion early next year. The Family Store has been serving the local community for a decade and is celebrating its 10th birthday with a revamp. Pick n Pay's fresh, modern, new branding will be introduced, and the store will be extended to allow for a bigger range of products as well as wider aisles. A faster till operating system will be installed to provide a speedy service. Additional convenience will be achieved through longer opening hours - until 10 pm every night of the week.
In the rest of the mall, the original cinema area has been converted to 1,000 square metres of office space, with views of Devil's Peak and Table Mountain. The common areas of the mall have been upgraded, as well as new escalators installed. Five new tenants will be moving in downstairs, and two new shops will appear on the upper level. These newcomers, the anchor tenants mentioned above, and the Woolworths located adjacent offer a complete shopping experience on your doorstep.
In keeping with the theme of "Improvements for you" the owners and property managers of Rondebosch Village have paid careful attention to improving accessibility for people with disabilities. From conveniently located disabled parking bays, to ramps allowing easy access, direct entry to the mall from the roof top parking, as well as a new trolley lift making it easy to move around the mall itself.
Mall security is a foregone conclusion. With CCTV cameras, 24-hour security you can shop, eat and socialise in comfort and safety.
A green approach
Acucap cares about the environment. Ongoing conversations with residents, developers, the city council, local action groups and environmental experts have resulted in a sustainable, attractive and ecologically responsible solution to a complex development initiative.
During the planning phase the cost and benefits to the community and the environment was carefully considered. The need for development was carefully balanced with environmental concerns and responsibilities to create a win-win outcome. It was incredibly important to preserve the trees and other plant life around the mall - which play such an important role in the overall aesthetics of the building.
The mall is adjacent to a section of the Liesbeek River, and at the outset, environmental assessments considered the impact of the new walkway and structured parking next to the river. The two environmental impact assessments provided ample opportunity for interested parties to participate in the development process.
Acucap also consulted closely with the Friends of the Liesbeek at all stages of planning and development to ensure this key local interest group gave its input and was satisfied with the developments along the river bank.
This is a great example of how, with some thought and careful planning, a successful commercial development can offer value to the community and also look after the environment.
Rennie Property is South Africa's top-performing specialist commercial property management company. It was established in 1997, and for the past 12 years has looked after some of South Africa's most prestigious buildings including Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, and the ABSA Centre in Cape Town. Its present portfolio of properties under management is valued at over R5 billion.