PMB's R75 million park

2007-11-21 00:00

A significant new R75-million business park is currently being established in the Willowton area, largely as a result of a decision by Macdonald Steel to expand its operations in Pietermaritzburg.

Ohrtmann Business Park, located on a prime 41 000 m2 site, will mark the first major development of its kind in the greater Willowton area in about a decade.

Macdonald Steel has bought a 4 000 m2 under-cover facility, a move that illustrates the company's confidence in the Pietermaritzburg market.

Anil Narotam, strategic planning advisor of the group, told The Witness that they have outgrown their existing 2 000 m2 (rented) premises.

He explained that their success in recent years has been the catalyst for the expansion, adding that they have invested a significant amount of money in the new premises.

Narotam noted that the site is in a good locality at a busy intersection.

“It also allows for greater efficiency in terms of the movement of steel and steel products,” added Narotam.

The roadways will be developed in order to accommodate the types of vehicles typically used in such a business park.

The business park boasts about 10 800 m2 under cover and is situated on the corner of Ohrtmann and Manning roads, bordering Mountain Rise.

According to Terry Thompson of Thompson Robinson (property consultants and valuers), the business park is likely to attract companies engaging in light manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations - and also offers opportunities for investors.

The business park can accommodate 30 tenants, with buildings ranging from 150 to 500 m2.

He explained that the modular construction allows for flexibility in terms of the size of units.

Commenting on the construction partners involved in the project - the construction, development and property group JT Ross - Thompson said JT Ross is a large, reputable construction company with a strong track record of quality developments.

Grant Smith of JT Ross told The Witness: “We will deliver a product that is economically priced and built to a good standard. The whole intention is to get some type of representation in Pietermaritzburg, be it construction and/or development. We have a relationship with Macdonald Steel and that will put us in good stead in terms of securing additional work.”

Construction is expected to be completed by mid 2008.

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