02 May 2014 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 MAY (NAMPA) The construction of the Grove Mall in Windhoeks Kleine Kuppe area is well on track, and the mall is set to open its doors in September this year.
Safland Property Group Chief Executive Officer Kallie van der Merwe revealed this during a progress briefing for the media held at the construction site on Wednesday.
It is a project that is hugely satisfying through the concerted efforts of all parties involved, and one that will add so much to the retailing and entertainment landscape of Namibia. The mall is well on track and we open our doors on 25 September 2014, he noted.
Architects Boogertman and Partners, along with Howard and Chamberlain, have developed the architecture.
The N.dollars 1 billion shopping mall spans over 54 000 square metres, has two levels, three parking levels, and will be the biggest in the country.
The mall will amongst others feature six cinemas, the Lady Pohamba Hospital, offices, residential apartments, a hotel as well as a 17 000-square health and fitness centre.
Natural light will be introduced to the main vertical circulation areas through focused roofs, supported by 15 metre high columns resembling an indigenous tree with a flat canopy.
As part of the Hilltop Estate, the mall will add to the variety through various national and international retailers, service operators, restaurants and entertainment areas.
It will host about 140 shops, among these Checkers, Game, Spar, Edgars, Mr Price Fashion, Home and Sport, Miladys, Sheet Street, Due South, Sport Scene, @Home, Truworths, and the Foschini Group.
The mall will feature the first real food court in Namibia, with restaurants and fast-food outlets spilling over to outside seating. Bathrooms will be fitted to an extremely high standard, complete with baby change rooms and facilities for people living with disabilities.
Set to become Namibias premier family destination, entertainment area and preferred events venue for open-air shows and festivities, the Grove Mall will service an area as far as Keetmanshoop in the south as well as neighbouring Angola in the north, Van der Merwe stated.
Safland is a leading property services provider in Africa and has developed properties in Otjiwarongo and Ondangwa.
Current projects include shopping centres in Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Mariental, Walvis Bay and the capital.