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Greenstone Mall, a Sasol Pension Fund venture, is situated on a 21 hectare site acquired by the Fund in 2004. The shopping centre is ideally positioned in the southwestern corner of the 4200 hectare Greenstone Hill development on the site of the former AECI Modderfontein chemical factory. 

Greenstone Hill, a Heartland Project, will be one of the largest mixed-use ventures in South Africa where commercial and residential zones will surround the retail zone. The Mall will cater to the rising population densities and increasing spending power in the Hill’s primary catchment area that includes the upmarket Modderfontein residential area, Edenvale, Linksfield, Linbro Park and Lombardy East. 

The R400 million Mall has been designed with the potential to increase to a size of 75 000m2. Bray says the earthworks and piling for the 60 000m2 of Phase 1 have been completed and construction has recently commenced. 

“The style of the centre is contemporary, with sophisticated finishes and standards. The centre has been designed to be a state-of-the-art facility providing the utmost shopper comfort levels and convenience,” says Bray.

The two-level configuration of the Mall will have dramatic, well-lit internal volumes. Bray says that there are two unusual and defining aspects of the structure. The design of a retail environment involves many interrelated features that improve the quality and efficiency of lighting, heating and cooling systems. The envelope, or the structure of the building also forms part of these systems.

A design challenge, particularly in the retail environment, is balancing and controlling the light levels from various sources. To create the most effective lighting levels Bray’s design has incorporated clerestory lighting and the exposure of certain light enhancing elements of the structure. “Its an expression of light in a very contemporary way,” says Bray. “The design allows for indirect light which cuts down on the glare, minimizes heat and balances internal artificial illumination.”

Another interesting and unusual design aspect of Greenstone Mall is the indoor and outdoor components. There will be an outside landscaped green zone with which will link horizontally with a centrally enclosed zone containing the restaurants, entertainment and promotions court. “The two components will be separated by an impressive glass wall containing huge rotating doors which open and allow the two spaces to become one,” says Bray.
There has been an excellent response to this new retail space. A Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket will be the anchor tenant in 12 0002 and other large retailers and operators have responded very positively. The tenant mix for the 150 shops is currently being finalised and the final mix promises to be exciting. 
Extensive demographic studies have confirmed the need for the development and it is expected that Greenstone Mall will substantially contribute to the quality of life in the area.

The relatively new concept of home, work, shopping and play in the same area is taking off in South Africa. Ideally situated with high visibility on the elevated crest west of the Edenvale CBD and serviced by a strong existing road infrastructure with easy access to the N1 it is expected that the Greenstone Mall will become the hub of retail and recreational activity in the Modderfontein, Edenvale and the future residential infill between the N3 and M1 highways to the west of the site. 


For more information, please contact:

Rob Bray - Bentel Associates International

Tel: (011) 884 7111

Fax: (011) 884 7110 

 
Greenstone Mall -mixed-use development at Greenstone Hill 
When Greenstone Mall is completed in October 2006, it will become another impressive addition to the prestigious design portfolio of
Bentel Associates International (BAI).

Rob Bray, a director of BAI, is the design architect for the Greenstone Mall project. His extensive experience in commercial and retail design includes the concept designs for the highly successful Pavilion Centre and the award-winning
Clearwater Mall.  
 
   
 
Web-site address: http://www.bentel.net 

 


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