DURBAN property group JT Ross has started construction on a landmark development on Umhlanga Ridge which is expected to provide employment for 2 500 people.
The contemporary glass and steel design of the new CCI offices on Park Way includes five floors, a roof terrace, ground floor amenities and a basement level. Construction on the 13 000m² building should be complete in September 2018.
CCI is an international call centre group providing outsourced contact services which include some of the United Kingdom’s leading brands, primarily in the mobile, technology, telecommunications and financial industry sectors. In February 2015, JT Ross successfully completed the international group’s R200 million purpose built CCI regional headquarters, an imposing 2 000-seat centre and head office in High Street overlooking the Chris Saunders Park.
CCI Managing Director Mark Chana said the new building’s clean design was in keeping with the existing regional headquarters and in line with high standard contemporary office design.
“Based on our successful relationship with JT Ross during the construction of our regional head offices in 2015, we are really excited to move forward with this project which will create work for at least 2 500 people,” said Chana.
The new office space was in direct response to the company’s exponential growth and confidence in the KwaZulu-Natal economy and Durban as an investment destination.
Public transport access for staff who arrive and leave the building at all times of the day and night were carefully considered by lead architects on the project, Paton Taylor Architects. The strategically placed drop off and pick up points are also designed to ease traffic congestion in adjoining boulevards.
Described as a “significant” project by JT Ross Development Director Grant Smith, the building project is expected to create extensive employment opportunities during its construction.
“Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre is alive with activity, new business and exciting plans for retail and transportation spaces. We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with CCI and are delighted to be involved in their second greenfields development,” said Smith.
Further announcements on “exciting” projects on both the La Lucia Ridge and Umhlanga Ridge were imminent, he said.
With spectacular views over the ocean, the nearby uShaka International Airport and the modern and spacious design and layout of the precinct has everything to offer investors,” added Smith.
JT Ross, May 2017