Umhlanga Arch construction achievements
In February 2017 the Multiply Group introduced Umhlanga Arch to the market. Since then, Umhlanga Arch has reached many significant milestones including the sell-out success of all the residential apartments and lofts, the announcement of the first Hilton Garden Inn for South Africa, the new home of SMG Umhlanga and the fact that it was the best marketed development in Africa in 2017. The construction progress is another facet that continues to soar.
Umhlanga Arch is currently under construction and is already commanding the attention of locals. The development is almost 40% complete and has created over 600 jobs in the last few months, with the expectation to create around 400 more jobs in the near future.
“At the outset we made a decision to support and holistically integrate Tongaat Hulett’s Socio-Economic, Sustainability and Innovation Programme (SSIP) into all pre-and post-construction. Despite the difficult economy and the obvious challenges confronting South Africans, we believe in the long-term future of our region, and thus have continued to invest in it. Umhlanga is an incredible location, especially for development. Not only does it provide stunning views, access to many excellent restaurants, and an ideal setting for outdoor activities, but it is also in close proximity to our international airport, 5-star game lodges and the exquisite Midlands meander. Umhlanga Arch is designed along the lines of making the ‘live, work and play vision’ a seamless reality,” explains Terry Rosenberg, Chairman of The Multiply Group.
To date, there has been 27,325m³ concrete poured and Umhlanga Arch has completed the foundations, columns, surface beds and levels 7, 6, 5 and 4 slabs for the podium. The preliminary architectural designs for both SMG Umhlanga and the Hilton component have been reviewed and approved. Additionally, the electrical switch room for eThekwini has been inspected and approved.
Umhlanga Arch is one of the key, game-changing developments within KZN and is set to bolster this province as the destination to live, do business and visit. It is not only physically altering the landscape of Durban from the skyline but also in terms of what locals, holidaymakers, and travelling businessmen can expect to see in the coming months. “The construction team is firmly on track and making great strides in their progress. We expect to see the first transfers of Umhlanga Arch take place towards the end of 2019,” shares Rosenberg.