It’s no secret that Somerset West has quickly become one of the Western Cape’s top emigration destinations. The small town has a lot to offer, which makes it incredibly desirable for people looking to get away from the city in search of a better quality of life. The pandemic, lockdown, and remote working have only amplified the trend towards semigration, but now that many companies are considering bringing workers back to the office, the big debate is on how.
4 AXES listed Heartwood properties, specializes in commercial office and industrial warehouse developments across South Africa. In response to the crisis, they conducted market research with their tenants. Research has shown that many of them did not consider returning to the office fully, even when Covid-19 has become a thing of the past. But due to human interaction, provided the office they wanted, they had a solution that would meet both requirements. Heartwood Properties is therefore launching a new hybrid office development, the first of its kind to be built in South Africa, called Sunvlei.
The new office building will be located in the Paardevlei district of Somerset West, just outside Cape Town, close to Strand Beach and Paardevlei Nature Reserve. This area has already seen several exclusive residential developments and top-notch schools being built in recent years. The area also offers plenty of outdoor living spaces, proximity to world-class wineries and is just a 30-minute drive from Cape Town.
“Professionals are realizing that they can have a work-life balance. With the airport, sea and mountains practically on their doorstep, Somerset West is undoubtedly a very attractive place to set up the office of the future. One that’s high-tech, safe, spacious, as comfortable as any home office, just better. Says Andrew Utterson, director of Heartwood Properties.
Sunvlei is a 2,000 square meter, R57 million office development providing tenants access to innovative, future-oriented features such as electric vehicle charging bays, 100 solar panels, a Tesla battery system. UPS, super-fast Wi-Fi, back-up generator. , and emergency water tanks. Modern architecture, designed by local architect Bruce Wilson who is also responsible for Sanctuary and Waterstone shopping centers in Somerset West, and exclusive designer interiors, led by Source IBA, will be modeled after some of the world’s finest airport lounges whose clean, contemporary designs rival some of the most upscale hotel lobbies. Source IBA has extensive experience designing interiors for retail, office, hospitality and leisure developments not only in South Africa but across the African continent.
“Our studio is delighted to participate in the development of this hybrid environment. Our design goal is to extend hybrid thinking to all aspects to deliver a whole new experience. We blur the boundaries with many aspects in terms of interior versus exterior; service versus self-help; private versus public; workspace versus hospitality and analog versus digital. All of this needs to be completed at the highest level, ”says Mardre Meyer, Creative Director of Source IBA.
The hybrid design will meet the demands of tenants, who don’t want to always have all of their staff under one roof. Sunvlei will consist of eight business suites, ranging in size from 163 m2 to 233 m2, available for purchase or rental with the option of combining units and priced from R17,862 per m2 to Rand 19,213 per m2.
It will also house a designer business lounge of 190 m2, with luxurious finishes including meeting rooms, a café-bar and zoom modules. This is available to tenants’ teleworkers when they need to come to the office occasionally.
“It’s a little different from the coworking office model offered by WeWork and Regus in that only employees of Heartwood tenants will have access to coworking spaces. All tenants and their employees will have access to the common business lounge. In other words, customers get the best of both worlds with a combination of their own private space where they can create their own identity and manage their own facilities, as well as benefit from the use of a business lounge and meeting rooms. Utterson explained.
All of Heartwood’s properties are developed in response to tenant demands through their tenant shareholder model. And so, despite facing major challenges in 2020, Heartwood has managed to grow its real estate portfolio since its first stock exchange listing in March 2018, from Rand 121 million to Rand 248 million over the past three years. until February 2021. They plan to expand their portfolio. to 1 billion rand over the next five years.
As Zoom Cities continue to gain popularity, Heartwood plans to roll out its hybrid model in other popular decentralized nodes, with Sunvlei due for completion in late 2022.
Other features include top notch signage, an ideal location across from a private hospital and the 18 hole Strand golf course, easy access to the N2, twenty five minutes from the airport, thirty six underground parking spaces, six motorcycle parking spaces, sixty-nine secure parking spaces and that it is suitable for wheelchairs.
For more information, visit https://www.heartwoodproperties.co.za/paardevlei/
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