As the primary land steward, Tongaat Hulett is responsible for the overall development vision and concept framework plan that aligns with public sector policy, plans and objectives. This extends to the creation of compelling and tailored real estate solutions for developers, investors, future residents and end users within Ntshongweni Urban Development. The site is situated with KwaNdengezi and Dassenhoek to the south, Summerveld to the west, Assagay and Hillcrest to the north and on completion will provide critical spatial, social and economic linkages to the existing surrounding communities.
The first phase of the multiple phased development, the Retail and Urban Core will anchor the Ntshongweni Urban Development as a mixed use, urban precinct centred around a new regional retailing offering. This will be followed by a variety of other uses including residential, logistics, recreational, warehousing and leisure components. The pioneering design will make substantial provision for the site’s ecological wellbeing as well as responding to the needs of the people who use it. Tongaat Hulett Developments Managing Director, Michael Deighton says, “All development rights for the Retail and Urban Core are in place and we officially have the go ahead to break ground in the first quarter of 2019.”
Commencing with essential road upgrades to Kassier Road, the first phase of construction in the Retail and Urban Core precinct will ultimately generate 19 000 construction jobs. Deighton says, “The road upgrades are necessary to accommodate future growth, paving the way for this new precinct.”
Ntshongweni’s prime location on the N3 which links Durban to the economic heartlands of Gauteng and the Free State will bring substantial economic benefits especially from the logistics sector.
Tongaat Hulett Developments Managing Director, Michael Deighton says, “The N3 corridor is currently the country’s busiest transport route and will be upgraded in line with the aim of improving the country’s logistics and transport links. Linking into this important strategic corridor, the people-centred Ntshongweni Urban Development will create a benchmark for the way in which new, integrated, inclusive South African urban precincts are developed. From urban planning through to the residential, retail, commercial, recreational, logistics and light industrial activities, the mixed uses of this area are vast.”
Approximately 1 000 hectares of open space is being allocated for passive and active recreational use. Deighton says, “The area is well known for its outdoor pastimes with a strong horse riding, trail running and cycling community already enjoying the surrounds, and we aim to elevate and enhance these activities for established and new communities to access and enjoy.”