A future R14bn green village near Cape Town to get ‘lifestyle centre’

SWISATEC, the firm of architects and project managers for Blue Rock Village, has announced a new multimillion-rand addition to the village —the Santa Luzia lifestyle centre — which it says will embrace the “live, work and play” ethos.

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Earlier this year, Swisatec disclosed plans for the construction of what is dubbed Africa’s first green village — a R14bn green village in Somerset West, near some of the Western Cape’s popular wine farms.

The village, thought to be the first development of its kind in SA and on the continent, constitutes an upgrade of the popular Blue Rock Resort.

Construction was expected to start in August, with Swisatec forecasting that the project would take eight to 10 years to complete.

The Blue Rock Village would become one of the biggest mixed-use developments in Cape Town. Plans for the village include medical centres, boutiques, schools and colleges, nurseries, restaurants and cafés.

Swisatec said the addition of the Santa Luzia Lifestyle centre would add more value to the village and bring an “exclusive lifestyle”.

The Santa Luzia Lifestyle Centre will be a multifunctional centre boasting 14,000m² floor space, a seven-storey building 600m long, with a 10,000m² exhibition street designed for hosting conferences, exhibitions and interactive events such as local produce markets, product launches, and concerts or music festivals.

Lukas Reichmuth, founder and director of Blue Rock Village, said Santa Luzia lifestyle centre would house boutique shops, a doctors’ centre, clinics and professional office space.

Various hubs would be located in the centre, including The Dollar House — the financial hub — offering high-end office space to law firms, financial institutions such as banks, consultants, and other financial professions. Also included would be a wellness spa and sports centre.

Linked to the Santa Luzia lifestyle centre would be the multimillion-rand five-star Blue Rock Hotel and Conferencing centre, said Reichmuth.

The hotel and conferencing centre was envisioned to have about 150 luxury rooms, 30 condominiums, conference capacity for more than 500 delegates, high-end restaurants, a bar and lounge areas. It was expected that the conferencing centre would host similar events to those held at Cape Town International Convention Centre and Sandton Convention Centre.

Construction of the Santa Luzia Lifestyle centre was expected to begin in 2017.

According to Francois Viruly, a property economist and associate professor at the University of Cape Town, mixed-use property developments were growing in popularity because of their ability to create a “lifestyle”.
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