Atlantic Hills – where industrial space makes business sense

An eye-catching new industrial precinct is taking shape on the slopes below the historic Welbeloond estate on the N7 near Cape Town, with easy access to major highways and arterial routes. The brainchild of Abland, known for its sustainable property developments, the Atlantic Hills industrial precinct is set to evolve into a long-term value creation for its owners and tenants, the first of whom will take occupation in January 2018.

Ease of access and convenient locality

The Atlantic Hills precinct is also well positioned for future city growth. Situated on the Potsdam interchange with direct access onto the M12 and immediate access onto the N7 and M13, the Atlantic Hills industrial precinct provides easy access to Cape Town harbour, Montague Gardens, Killarney Gardens, Atlantis, Durbanville, Parklands and Plattekloof. Atlantic Hills will also be integrated into the City of Cape Town’s transport system, providing public transport access from Milnerton, Parklands, Plattekloof and Durbanville.

The 72-hectare site, with 45 hectares zoned for light industrial business, is ideal for distribution, warehousing and cold storage businesses. State of the art fibre optic telecons will also be installed on all sites.

With respect to security, the Master Property Owners Association will control security within the Atlantic Hills precinct by means of an up-to-date camera surveillance system. Rapid response security personnel will respond to all issues identified by the security monitoring system. Cameras will be located at entrances and other appropriate positions.

The size of stands are flexible and can be custom designed from 1 000m² to 100 000m² with sufficient power available for low and high use purchasers or tenants. Abland offers tenants an all-inclusive, completely integrated service that is tailormade to suit their specific needs and requirements. Premises on each stand will be purpose-built to the tenant’s specific requirements with the infrastructure planned for maximum flexibility.

A portion of the precinct will be developed for mixed use, offering tenants a retail component, including a petrol station with convenience shopping and fast food outlets.

The Atlantic Hills development is planned over three phases:

Design considerations for a holistic development

The Atlantic Hills industrial precinct will be a holistic development and promises to be visually striking. Strict design guidelines will be adhered to with each building complimenting the surrounding buildings and the environment, with a view to contributing positively to the immediate neighbourhood rather than standing in isolation.

The design guidelines for tenants encourage simplicity, scale and vertical proportions, refined details and the use of a prescribed colour palette, establishing a recognisable and notable node.

Tenants are encouraged to ensure that their warehouse façades are not bland and featureless, but rather include design elements that break the monotony. The office or showroom components will also be designed as a coherent part of the warehouses with the use of colour and materials creating a holistic aesthetic.

All boundaries will be suitably landscaped as an integral part of the overall landscape design and only indigenous plants will be planted.

A nature reserve on your doorstep

Abland believe that sustainable building is the way forward and take the principles of green building very seriously. As members of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), Abland are committed to creating a better built environment. Through their Strategic Green Building Philosophy, the company applies and implements key energy efficiency principles in all aspects of their projects and have successfully implemented several of these, together with other green building measures, in many of their projects.

At Atlantic Hills, two areas of the 72 hectares have been earmarked for conservation, primarily to protect a rare species of Renosterveld fynbos that only grows on granite found in this area. The reserve will be fully environmentally protected and offer tenants the pleasure of a green space near to their place of work.

First tenants will take occupation in January 2018

Earthworks and services installation are currently underway at Atlantic Hills for all infrastructure on the first phase of the development. Construction of premises for the first tenants is expected to commence in August this year.

The Atlantic Hills industrial development is the ideal location for three categories of tenants. These include the larger user who needs convenient access to the harbour, just 22km away on a direct route. Alternative routes are also available and convenient. Those tenants who want easy access to the Namibian route will also find the Atlantic Hill precinct ideal. Thirdly, tenants who want to be closer to home or move their existing premises from the more traffic-congested areas will be perfectly placed within the development. The fact that Abland will extend the M12 to the entrance to Atlantic Hills is also a major advantage for all tenants.