A new environmentally-friendly extension is being made to Sandton City in South Africa, SA Commercial Prop News reports. The project is slated to open to the public in November of 2011. The goal is to make the Sandton City shopping market more friendly and accessible to consumers.
Liberty Properties will be undertaking this addition, worth R1.77 billion (USD $246 million). The retail space is just the initial wave of a larger expansion project, which will redevelop and refurbish the shopping centre and add an additional 30,000 square meters of commercial real estate space, the news source reports.
Speaking on the project, the general manager Sandton Region for Liberty Properties Julie Hillary said, "The expansion of Sandton City is set to further strengthen the centre’s position as one of Africa’s leading retail icons on the merit of both its exceptional retail offering and fresh, modern and bold design. This includes embracing the best and latest materials, innovation, design and retail principles."
The extension, called the Protea Court roof, will be constructed by a lightweight, modified polymer foil product called Texlon. Though it's been used wordwide in building projects, this will be the first time the material is used in South Africa's Sandton City.
The climactic envelope the roof provides is considered green, as it doesn't wear down under atmospheric pollution or ultraviolet light. The material also resists winds and provides insulation, according to the news source.