Strategic location sees Bridge City come of age

21 July 2017

Tongaat Hulett Developments and NJR Steel are officially celebrating the opening of the Bridge City Business Estate’s first greenfields project – a purpose-built 4 000-m² warehouse and distribution facility.

“Bridge City is coming of age because of its strategic location and completion of the half diamond interchange giving direct access to the M25. This successful project demonstrates just what can be achieved at Bridge City” says Brian Ive, a development executive at Tongaat Hulett Developments, which is driving the development of this mixed-use precinct in partnership with eThekwini Municipality

Situated on a 7 761-m² site within the 17-hectare business estate, the new NJR Steel facility is already fully operational.

It is home to a fully stocked shop that is open to members of the public and offers steel as well as hardware products, a distribution centre which serves as a hub from which customers can collect and the company can deliver product and a reinforcing bar line which cuts and bends reinforcing bar as per engineering schedules for all sectors of the building industry.

Durban branch manager, Mike Smith said: “We were previously located in New Germany but had outgrown the facility six years ago. The design of the building that we have erected in Bridge City has taken into account our customers and suppliers and allows ease of access for both loading and offloading of materials. We are able to service up to four interlinks within the facility at any given time, as well as cater for customers collecting daily requirements,” he explains. NJR Steel, which has a network of 16 branches in five provinces, serves customers all the way from Richards Bay to the Eastern Cape

Ive notes that the completion of the M25 half-diamond interchange and freeway leading to Bridge City at the beginning of the year has significantly improved access to both the town centre and the business estate for both road users and for the R20 billion GO! Durban bus rapid transport network (BRT).

Ive adds that the location of Phoenix Industrial Park directly across the M25 is another important consideration for businesses.

Since its launch in 1982, Phoenix Industrial Park has evolved into an important economic hub along the burgeoning northern corridor of Durban. It is home to over 460 businesses, making it one of the largest industrial complexes in the country.

Bridge City is the second leg of the highly successful Effingham JV between Tongaat Hulett Developments and the eThekwini municipality. It is a mixed use development that includes residential, retail (including the 48,000-m2 Bridge City shopping centre), recreational, medical and commercial and light industrial facilities.  

Contact for Tongaat Hulett Developments: Brian Ive, Telephone: 031 560 1900

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