• Staff writer


Growthpoint Properties’ development of the new Baker’s Transport warehousing, distribution and office facility in Cato Ridge, KZN, scooped two category awards and a commendation at the recent Unica Steel Awards 2020. The project won the Factory and Warehouse category and the Safintra South Africa Metal Cladding category; it also earned a commendation for the Architectural category.

The project was a turnkey warehouse and office development, which consolidated several distribution centres into a single one. Growthpoint led the quality, programme and financial management aspects, with Baker’s Transport being a close partner in the development process. This resulted in a facility that is contemporary, functional, efficient and also aesthetically pleasing.

It is situated on a sloping site alongside the N3 highway. The warehouse is on the most elevated part of the site, with extensive highway visibility. The office block is alongside a pond that creates a natural barrier between the national road, providing a pleasing view for staff.

As one of the first major developments in the Cato Ridge area, the buildings have become a landmark. Being first to undertake a major project in an upcoming prime industrial node posed several challenges when developing the premium facility, specifically water infrastructure. The site’s pond doesn’t only add to its aesthetics, but performs essential functions; it supports the site’s stormwater management and harvests and filters greywater.


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