Growthpoint has broken ground on Phase 2 of Trade Park, a prime industrial park in the Mount Edgecombe industrial precinct in KwaZulu-Natal, north of Durban.
The R180 million development is a midi-unit industrial park comprising of two phases of approximately 20 300m2 and 21 600m2 respectively. Its successful Phase 1 was completed in 2019 and consists of 15 A-grade units ranging in size from 1 000m2 to 2 000m2. Phase 2 broke ground at the end of January 2023 and comprises of four new A-grade units ranging in size from 4 500m2 to 6 500m2.
The precinct design is informed by a conscious decision to separate the various functions within Trade Park and to maintain clear routes and links for people and vehicles. The functionality of the warehouses, the movement of trucks, and industrial processes are all kept separate from the office links, where employees and visitors can move more freely.
The external form and aesthetic quality of the warehouses is simple, functional, and modern with subtle touches to modulate the visual scale of the warehouses and elevate the aesthetic quality of the park.
Each warehouse will have its own offices and ablution facilities as well as cantilevered roof canopies to all roller shutter doors to ensure adequate weather protection at loading areas.
Trade Park Phase 2 boasts extensive features, including 24/7 Security and access control, a three-phase power supply, roof heights of 14m to eaves, and automatic sprinkler systems spec’d for complete compliance.
Energy efﬁcient air-conditioning, lighting and structural compliance for solar panels have been included in the design.
Trade Park’s sustainability features include a host of energy-efficient lighting solutions in the warehouses and office spaces, as well as in external and security areas. Its design allows for as much natural light as possible within the buildings, which helps reduce electricity costs, hot water heat pumps, roof insulation and external sun louvres, designed to reduce the energy needed for heating and cooling.
The first units at Trade Park Phase 2 are currently being leased and will be ready for occupation from October 2023.