Atterbury to transform Richmond Park in new property development in South Africa
Leading South African property investor and developer Atterbury has broken new ground with the commencement of the internal works at Richmond Park for the first of two property developments on the site of the biggest land restitution in the Western Cape.
Richmond Park is a multibillion Rand mixed-use property development in Milnerton, Cape Town, by Atterbury and partners the Richmond Park Communal Property Association (CPA), Qubic 3-Dimensional Property and Bethel Property.
One of the largest property developments in Cape Town, Richmond Park’s 300,000sqm of greenfields development rights are on an 84ha site that is part of the milestone land restitution settlement.
The land is owned by the Richmond Park Community who were forcibly removed from it between 1972 and 1984. In 2014, the land transferred back to the Community, some 401 families representing 5,300 people spanning five generations. The Richmond Park Community leased the land to the Richmond Park Development Company and has a 25% shareholding in the development company.
“We’re thrilled to announce the first two developments at Richmond Park will be for CTM and Cape Fruit Coolers. These deals have triggered the start of the internal services installation and allowed us to appoint Burger and Wallace as the contractor for this portion of the work in Richmond Park,” says Gerrit van den Berg, who heads Atterbury’s Western Cape operations.
“It has been an eight-year journey since winning the tender, and we are delighted that development at Richmond Park is entering its next phase and this vision is becoming a reality,” says van den Berg. “The project has enjoyed tremendous support at metropolitan and provincial level and, of course, from the CPA. Together we have worked tirelessly for this ambitious project to take shape.”
Cape Fruit Coolers’ site spans 3,5ha on which a 17,000sqm facility will be developed in phases, to expand its business. Richmond Park provides the ideal location for its additional facility, with easy four-lane road access from both the N7 and N1 highways, and the ability to accommodate the trucks essential for the operations of this service provider to the fruit exporting business.
CTM, the well-known tile, taps and bathroom brand, has acquired 9,500sqm of land at Richmond Park. Its new 5,000sqm retail and distribution centre keeps it close to customers with the benefit of superb visibility from its N7 highway frontage and excellent access.
The preparation of both sites began on 1 August for completion March 2017. The top structures are expected to be complete by November 2017 and May 2018 respectively.
The deals, which are among only a handful of sales opportunities at Richmond Park, are expected to be a catalyst for further development and have assisted the developers to achieve important hurdles.
“Now the ball is rolling, we expect Richmond Park to develop out rapidly. There are already a number of deals in the pipeline that we hope to announce soon,” reports van den Berg.
In the current economic climate, many businesses are focused on becoming more productive and seeking greater efficiencies from their offices, showrooms, warehouses and facilities. Richmond Park is perfectly timed to support this.
Richmond Park provides businesses with an iconic, superbly located, top-quality commercial park with retail, light industrial, offices, logistics and warehousing development. Plus, it is the dominant business site on the N7 highway with the best access.
“What’s more, it’s a great story where the community benefits,” says van den Berg.
Job creation is just one of the ways the Richmond Park community will benefit. Over the next five to 10 years, during its construction, Richmond Park’s development should create some 15,000 jobs.
Already, 120 people have graduated with new skills as part of The Richmond Park Treasury Trust skills development programme and more than 30 employment opportunities have been created so far.
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Apprenticeships can bridge skills gap says Autodesk director
The UK construction industry needs 216,800 new workers by 2025 to meet rising demand, according to the Construction Skills Network published by CITB.
Even before Covid-19, it was estimated it needs to attract 400,000 new recruits each year to meet the UK’s infrastructure needs.
But given one in three current construction employees are over 50 there is predicted to be a 20-25% decline in the available workforce over the next decade. And with end of the free movement of people from the EU, it has further limited access to skilled talent.
Mike Pettinella, Director, Autodesk Construction Solutions EMEA, believes the solution may be one that is hardly new, but might have taken a back seat during the pandemic.
"Apprenticeships could help us bridge the construction skills gap and meet this rapidly rising demand, and attract a new crop of younger talent to the industry," he said.
"Apprenticeships benefit everyone. For candidates, it’s an opportunity to learn valuable skills without incurring thousands of pounds of student debts. For employers, it’s a chance to train up employees in the competencies that are really needed – combining technical knowledge with collaboration and team work, which are equally important as you enter a new industry. And if you’re a larger company and already required to pay the apprenticeship levy, it makes sense to ensure you’re benefitting from the scheme too."
Marshall Construction recently took on nine new apprenticeships covering various roles. "Some of our previous apprentices have left and started their own businesses, which sets them up for life," said Chairman Robert Marshall. "Most of our current managers came from organic growth within the business whom we have trained to our own standards." Firms such as Barnwood Construction and Keepmoat Homes are also advertising and supporting apprenticeships.
According to the CSN, most English regions will experience an increase in construction workers by 2025, with East Midlands (1.7%) and West Midlands (1.4%) forecast to lead demand. Scotland (1.4%) and Wales (0.7%) are also predicted to fare well. The only region forecast to see a slight decline in workforce is the North East (-0.1%).
Major projects such as HS2 are driving growth in some regions and infrastructure (5.2%) and private housing (6.7%) should see the healthiest pace of expansion by 2025.
The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the future shape of work will be profound. Modelling by the McKinsey Global Institute on the effects of technology adoption on the UK workforce shows that up to 10 million people, or around 30 percent of all UK workers, may need to transition between occupations or skill levels by 2030.