Irene Link

Retail Centre

The strategic location of the proposed new retail centre creates an opportunity for convenience and a social focus within the smaller Irene context. The retail centre will anchor the precinct to the west and add to the mixed-use nature of the development.

The site has three access points from the supporting road network. The east entrance has full access via the Olievenhoutbosch traffic intersection and is further facilitated by a traffic circle close to the entertainment square. From the south a dedicated left in and left out from Olievenhoutbosch Road allows access to the central portion of the site. On the western boundary access is achieved via Alexandra Road that is supported by a traffic intersection from Jean Avenue.

The mixed-use nature of the Irene Link Precinct will be enhanced by the user requirements through business hours of the office component, weekly 24 hours cycle of the hotel guests and the weekend / afternoon peaks for the residential area.

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Accessibility is achieved from the N1 via the John Foster off ramp to the west and Louis Botha offramp to the east and allows for opportunities to engage with the larger Pretoria context. Secondary link roads into Irene central from the south via Albert Road and the Doringkloof area to the North via Jean avenue further strengthens this connectivity.

Marketing and signage visibility opportunities from the N1 highway gives the property a unique address. This position will be further enhanced by proposed future road upgrades to the R21 airport link and the outlying Moreletapark areas.

A connected precinct

Seamlessly integrating the vibrant pulse of urban living with the tranquil landscape of the Irene Village area, Irene Link Precinct is an oasis in the city bustle. This premium lifestyle development offers the unparalleled convenience of commercial, residential, retail and educational space, with a hotel and medical centre in one free flowing precinct, all with easy access to the N1 highway just around the corner.

Stylish offices, green recreational spaces, an international hotel, modern gym and a variety of world-class restaurants make this precinct the ultimate in luxury and convenience. Pedestrian comfort is part and parcel of the development, with walkability developed into all aspects of the precinct. Internet connectivity is naturally a given, with high speed fibre available throughout the area.


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The general architectural language of the retail centre is characterised by curvilinear forms and an industrial aesthetic. These forms allow for an enhanced flow of movement through the centre and improved visibility between the tenancies.

The proposed form of the buildings gives it a unique identity and starts a dialogue with the existing Barloworld Building the East of the precinct. The flow of movement will be further enhanced by the landscaping around the building which form an important part of the user interface.

Walkway canopies are strategically placed to enhance focal features and create a diverse experience of scale for the shoppers. Subtle level differences are accommodated in pause areas along the main walkway that acts as threshold spaces for the users.

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The industrial materiality of the design creates a robust aesthetic by utilising dark coloured steel sheeting and an array of face brick patterns. The materiality further enhances the low maintenance aspect and longevity of the building.

The detailed brickwork references the historic use of the material in the area and brings a human scale to the general aesthetic. The patterns will enhance the tactile experience of the building and allow for focal features along the solid façade sections.

Shopfronts are designed to be higher at the main anchor and focal points along the building envelope. Dark coloured aluminium will be paired with curated signage requirements from the tenancies to create an overall manicured product.

Steel structured canopies complete the aesthetic and shades the various shopfronts and outside areas for functional purposes. Timber elements are laced into the detail work to soften the structure and create a warm earthy finish.

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The layout of the retail centre comprises of three main focal points that ensures that the tenancies feed the mix of retail offerings and distributes the associated parking requirements of the centre. Visibility from Olievenhoutbosch Avenue to the south is ideal for retail tenancies and the low sun exposure allows for ideal shopfront environment. These focal points are spatially defined by open areas and wider walkways that acts as thresholds before you enter the building.

The main public square with a focus on restaurants and entertainment anchors the east of the site and terminates the Impale Avenue pedestrian interface with the larger precinct. The square will be enhanced by purpose made landscape elements and functional sculptures for user interaction and entertainment. The strategic north and east sun exposure of the space will be managed with a parasol canopy structure to ensure the ideal climatic response.

The central portion of the layout has a pharmaceutical offering and visually terminates the central access from Olievenhoutbosch Avenue. The spatial threshold is emphasized by a curved steel canopy and louvres at a higher level to protect the entrance.

The major food anchor provides energy to the west of the convenience parking area and is supported by an alternative entrance from the Jean Avenue link. The entrance to the main food anchor is treated with a focal canopy to terminate the visual line from the eastern entrance.

Service deliveries via the rear portion of the retail centre is accommodated by an access route to the north of the building with a two directional route. This ensures convenient and viable options to the tenancies for effective servicing and restocking.

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Area: GLA: ± 12 000m²

Parking: ± 720 Bays (@6/100m²)

Levels: 2

Anchored by Woolworths, Checkers, Checkers Liquor, Dischem, Baby City, Irene Arms, Westpack, Petzone, Forum Stationers, Milady’s, Pick n Pay Clothing, Mr Price Home and Kauai plus additional complementary décor, lifestyle, health, and beauty stores.

Green Rating: TBA

Construction Commenced: 1 October 2020


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Irene Link Retail Building Progress Live Streams

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Building Progress November 2021

Building Progress