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Wednesday Jun 04, 2014

New property development at Pretoria's Church Square

Part of Pretoria's heritage, the Ons Eerste Volksbank building near Church Square, will be preserved and form part of the new R145 million mixed-use development that includes retail, offices and apartments.

An artist's impression of 1 on Mutual, the new development near Church Square.

The building site for the City Property development - located at the junction of Madiba and Mutual streets, opposite the Pretoria News offices and advocates' chambers - was handed over to the contractors yesterday afternoon.

Jeffrey Wapnick, managing director of City Property, said they appreciated and understood the responsibility to work with heritage-listed buildings.

'With this in mind, the current outside fa├žade of the Volksbank will remain unchanged,' he said.

The building has a strong cultural and historic significance to Afrikaans culture as it was commissioned during a strong movement in Afrikaner nationalism in the 1930s.

It was intended to boost the South African economy. This is reflected in the name - translated Our First People's Bank - as well as the building style.The building is a two-storey red Kirkness face brick structure with a hipped roof of red tiles. It was built in an adaptation of the Cape Dutch style.

The new development, to be known as 1 on Mutual, will be the first in a number of exciting projects that will help remake South Africa's capital into a vibrant epicentre of culture, arts, government and business, according to Wapnick.

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