MDS Architecture has designed a 11 000 m2 shopping complex in Marapyane outside Settlers in Mpumalanga province for clients, McCormick Developments.
“The area is flat and arid, so the design includes both internal and externally focused areas. While the design is utilitarian, it also promotes human interaction and a sense of fun,” explains Aki Savva, MDS Architecture’s partner leading the project.
The restaurants open out on the lifestyle and children’s play area, features water fountains and protection from the hot sun. Shaded canopies can also be found throughout the complex.
Playful elements have been incorporated into the flooring and paving at the entrances. Natural light in abundance is provided by clerestory windows. While uniformity across the shopfronts creates consistency, stepped bulkheads feature side cladding using external roof cladding for interest. Illuminated 3D signs give a contemporary feel.
“Texture is achieved through the use of a combination of cladding and flush plaster on the walls and ceilings. A floating internal roof has been incorporated into the design which appears to hover above the clerestory windows.
Savva says that clay paving has been used consistently throughout the internal and external areas of the complex, which will feature national tenants like Jet, Pep, Ackermans and OK Furniture as well as Shoprite, Cashbuild and a number of smaller trading stores. “The paving is not only non-slip and hard wearing but brings warmth through the earthy colours and interest via the flooring design,” he says.
Katale Square includes a sewerage plant on site and utilizes borehole water exclusively. A community garden is being created on site where vegetables and food will be grown.
The development has necessitated the upgrade of the road and a new taxi rank area. The complex has plenty of space for possible future phases, including pod buildings or drive-throughs. An existing fuel station is being relocated and upgraded.
Construction began in December 2018 and Katale Square is expected to be completed within just six months from commencement of construction – by end-June 2019.
Developer: McCormick Property Development
Main contractor: Tundwe Construction (Pty) Limited
Architect: MDS Architecture
Quantity surveyor: Quanticost Quantity Surveyors
Structural & civil engineer: VSI Consulting Engineers
Electrical engineer: Ingplan Consulting Engineers
Mechanical engineer: Pretocon Consulting Engineers
Fire consultants: Pretocon Consulting Engineers
Health and Safety: Safe T Worx
McCormick Property Development (MPD) is a market leader in the development of rural and township retail in South Africa, having pioneered the development of these areas since 1983.
From humble beginnings as a family-owned property development company striving to address the retail needs of the lower income bracket, MPD has now completed over 61 developments since its inception.
MPD currently owns and manages a portfolio of 28 shopping malls and centres, totalling over 550 000 m2 GLA, all focussed on the mass market.
With a further 350 000 m of retail in its development pipeline, MPD is continually refining its model to cater for the increasingly aspirant nature of the burgeoning middle-class African market.
Working across the full retail spectrum, MPD weaves global trends into our prime retail developments while maintaining a unique flair tailored to each site. With over 30 years of perfecting the art of rural retail, our journey is just beginning.