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Monday Aug 12, 2013

Newtown Junction breathes life into Joburg central city

Newtown Junction, in the heart of the Newtown precinct at the eastern edge of central Johannesburg, is a joint venture between the City of Joburg and Atterbury.

An artist's impression of Newtown Junction.

'Newtown Junction is a gutsy regeneration development that will breathe new life into this once rundown part of town,' says Peter Fehrsen, director at dhk Architects.

The new mixed-use development will be integrated into the urban fabric with its established heritage neighbours Museum Africa, the Market Theatre, Edwardian bathhouse and famous Kippies jazz venue. It harnesses the restored historical potato shed buildings as a centrepiece to a modern twostorey shopping centre built around a new public square.

Naturally lit galleria malls provide a backdrop to 40 000m2 of premium retail space, including major anchors Pick n Pay and Shoprite Checkers, cinemas and a wide array of national and independent tenants from fashion to restaurants and coffee bars.

Above the shopping centre is a three-storey block with 30 000m2 of office space, which will house Nedbank staff and a call centre.

Parking for the shopping centre and offices is provided in four basement levels.

'The architecture of the new interventions is direct and understated, contrasting rather than mimicking the historical precedents. The choice of materials is drawn from a robust palate of brickwork with complementary contemporary aluminium, steel and glass to create a tough yet elegant and timeless architecture that is fit for purpose and supportive of the corporate branding.

Elements of the old market such as the railway tracks, sidings and coloured tiles are woven through the new fabric to create a narrative that illustrates and reinforces the distinctive location and history of the precinct,' says Fehrsen.

Estimated completion date is September next year.

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