Construction of Mall of Africa on track, and almost fully let

Artist’s impression of the Mall of Africa, under construction at Waterfall City, Midrand.

Atterbury Property’s 131 000m² Mall of Africa development is already over 90 percent let, with construction on schedule and progressing apace ahead of its opening in April next year.

“Mall of Africa is Atterbury’s single largest and most ambitious development to date. As South Africa’s biggest single-phase shopping mall development, on completion it is set to be valued at R5 billion,” says Atterbury chief executive, Louis van der Watt.

The new two-storey mall forms the hub of the mixed-use Waterfall City in the heart of Midrand. With over 300 shops, the tenant mix for the super-regional Mall of Africa will include SA’s most popular retailers with seven anchor tenants as well as a host of international fashion retailers.

Atterbury’s Mareli Vorster, who is responsible for leasing at Mall of Africa, says a number of possible tenants are still vying for space at the mall. “The 90 percent leased figure is based on deals that have been signed and concluded,” says Vorster.

Cotton On, H&M, and Forever 21 will be opening flagship stores, with other international brands like Forever New, River Island, Mango, Tommy Hilfiger and Versace also on offer. A number of local brands – Foschini Group, Mr Price and Truworths – are also making Mall of Africa home to their new flagship stores and anchors for the mall will include national favourites Woolworths, Edgars, Checkers and Game.

The diverse mix of local and international brands will also work in synergy with a number of independent boutique stores.

Vorster says major retailers were quick to seize the opportunity.

Mall of Africa’s strong fashion component will be bolstered by a full complement of banks, cell phone and tech stores, an array of health and beauty outlets, home and décor stores, as well as a cinema complex. The mall will also have town square overlooking a park with a mix of restaurants and fast food outlets.

Earthworks on the mall began in October 2012 and construction is progressing on schedule says director of retail at Atterbury, Cobus van Heerden.

“The next step is enclosing the entire mall and work has now begun on installing the roof sheeting and skylights. On completion the Mall of Africa will have wide walkways, plenty of natural light and high shop fronts,” says van Heerden.

Mall of Africa’s design incorporates a number of green features, from granite and rock dug up in the early stages of construction being utilised for the concrete structure, to a rainwater harvesting system for irrigation and a greywater system to supply water for the bathrooms. In addition, photovoltaic solar panels will be installed on the roof to supplement the power supply to the mall and roof lights will allow for the flow of natural light.

The centre’s interior will also pay homage to its African roots by taking inspiration from across the continent with the centre court as a nod to the forests of central Africa and its four other courts representing the four points of a compass, each reflecting an aspect of life, trade and culture in Africa.

“The Mall of Africa is inspired by leading international trends in design elements and customer flow,” says van Heerden. “Working on a development of this size and scale is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all involved.”

The Mall of Africa is positioned between Johannesburg and Pretoria with easy access to both sides of the N1, and the first free-flow interchange of its size in Africa at the nearby Allandale Road exit. The new and improved road upgrades will ensure easy access and proximity to the Gautrain Midrand Station.

The Mall of Africa is co-owned by Attacq Limited (80 percent) and Atterbury (20 percent).

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