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Lion’s Head luxury estate gets the green light to proceed with development

This R680m development, to be known as ‘The Lion’s Pride,’ is set to commence in April 2016 now that plans are finalised and all necessary consents have been granted.

Details on this esteemed development, set for Signal Hill Road, have not been highly publicised but with the project getting the official go-ahead it will surely be a talking point.

The development is the newest in the portfolio of Atlantic Seaboard based Berman Bros. Group and will include 150 apartments with six large prestigious penthouses, luxury gardens, four infinity pools, a gym and three levels of basement parking to accommodate over 300 bays.

Berman Brothers Properties has confirmed that 85 units have already been sold and the balance will be going on sale immediately, in collaboration with Cape Town based daily deals site The collaboration is to guarantee uptake of the units prior to the commencement of construction early next week. Another innovation as part of the offer is a cable car to the V&A Waterfront. A Swiss firm has been engaged for complete supply and installation.

Refining The Lion’s Pride development, in partnership with City stakeholders, may have been years in the making but the detailed planning will ensure the aesthetic look of Cape Town’s City ‘village’ feel is retained.

“It is timely to invigorate one of Cape Town’s most iconic sites in a contemporary yet complementary way and OneDayOnly is excited to play a role in this transformation,” says OneDayOnly director Maurits Vermeulen.

London-based project architect, Sebastian Alexander-Gray says ‘The Lion’s Pride’ estate design ensures that the buildings are meaningfully connected to the environment and complementary to the curves of the mountainside, bringing character and esteem to the slopes of Lion’s Head. It will also balance out the dissymmetry brought about following the construction of the three cylindrical 17-story Disa Park towers in the 1960’s.

From a practical perspective, plans are in place to minimise the impact of the large-scale development on nearby commuters and residences.  

The construction site will stretch for 200 metres from the current car park at the base of Lion’s Head in the direction of Signal Hill. It will be fenced throughout the project to maximise safety and security, and an additional service lane from Tamboerskloof to the site will provide alternate access for project vehicles.  As a result of construction, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill will not be accessible to the general public from June 2016.

“It is expected that there will be some disruption to everyday life with any development of this size” says Vermeulen “but this comes with a ‘silver lining’ of sorts.”

“During the 24-month construction period of The Lion’s Pride, as many as 250 people will be employed on site per day. And there will be ongoing employment opportunities when the development is completed, for the maintenance and security of the estate,” he adds.

This project is the single largest investment in the BBG Property portfolio to date and with initial interest from clients in Europe and Asia we hope to bring more foreign investment into the city.

Property sale commences beginning April.

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