382 Jan Smuts avenue gets caffein boost

Posted On Tuesday, 28 January 2020 11:00 Published by
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382 Jan Smuts, which is situated in the heart of Craighall, one of the busiest and most popular areas in Johannesburg, recently underwent a rejuvenation, with the addition of a Seattle Coffee Shop on the ground floor.


“We identified an opportunity to create a mixed use offering at a building that was previously just office space. This renovation has aligned 382 Jan Smuts with the trend of having a mixed use working environment with common meeting spaces,” explains St John Gardner, Executive Director of Business Development for Spire Property Management.

Working closely with Tower Property Fund, the owners of the building, Spire appointed designers and contractors to convert a portion of the ground floor office space into a coffee shop. As part of the conversion, a shop front and spill out deck facing onto Jan Smuts Avenue were developed.

Prior to this, 382 Jan Smuts received an exciting solar PV installation which features a bank of 300 highly efficient solar panels on its roof. These panels supply approximately 26% of the buildings electricity requirements. In addition to the solar installation, 382 Jan Smuts also received a lighting retrofit and underwent a functional renovation that involved a facelift of the façade, new bathrooms throughout the three storey office block as well as a complete repaint of the entire building.

“Since the Seattle Coffee Shop opened its doors the building has experienced a surge of interest from potential tenants looking for office space – testament to the importance of keeping abreast of the times and ensuring buildings evolve to match consumer demands,” says Gardner. “The growing demand for mixed-use spaces is a trend that we anticipate will stick around for many years to come, shaping the way buildings are developed and giving birth to many redevelopments – particularly in central business districts where space is a premium and demand is high from those wishing to live, work and play all in one area.”

Gregg Huntingford, CEO of Spire explains that Spire worked closely with Tower Property Fund as the owners to achieve this proactive solution for 382 Jan Smuts. “This is another example of the strong partnership ethos that Spire has with our clients.”

“Seattle is trading well and is a popular place to stop off, meet, refresh and catch up on emails.

It is clear that there is demand for informal work places and as a result we will explore the opportunity to create shared work spaces within the building in order to remain relevant in a very tough rental market,” says Bruce Rogerson of Tower. “We are pleased with the results of this addition to 382 Jan Smuts and will continue to look for innovative opportunities to extract value from, and improve the appeal of all of the buildings within the Tower portfolio.”

















Last modified on Friday, 31 January 2020 11:35

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