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Developers Open Barlow Park Mixed-Use Residential Neighborhood

Barlow Park is set to become Sandton’s new residential area and will provide affordable housing.

Bulk earthworks for the first phase of the R3 billion project began in June and will transform the property, which previously housed Barloworld’s headquarters, logistics and equipment, into a modern mixed-use residential area.

Property investor and developer Atterbury, which is leading the development in conjunction with Barloworld, won the development in 2017 based on its vision to develop a mixed-use neighborhood on the site.

Originally envisioned as an office-focused project due to start in April 2020, the Covid-19 lockdown halted its development.

The pandemic has highlighted and accelerated structural changes in the way people live and work. Bringing in Divercity as a co-developer, and due to its success with the recently launched Jewel City district, Atterbury and Divercity have now remodeled the development into a modern multi-use district anchored in residential.

Located at a key connection point between Sandton and Alexandra, the Barlow Park development is seen as ideally positioned to have a positive impact on its immediate community.

It is expected to create local economic and employment opportunities during construction and after its completion, while meeting some of the significant needs for quality connected residential housing in the region.

Through its association with Divercity, Atterbury says it realized the continued demand for quality affordable housing in prime Johannesburg locations well connected to amenities, which inspired its new vision for Barlow Park.

With this in mind, Atterbury introduced Divercity as a partner in the development of Barlow Park.

Divercity specializes in residential-focused mixed-use developments and will play a crucial role as co-manager of the development with Atterbury.

Commercial property development players Moolman Group and Twin City Development are also co-investing in the development.

The new Barlow Park development will feature 4,100 affordable residential units in 11 apartment buildings, which will be serviced by free resident amenities such as a leisure centre, clubhouse, swimming pool, business center , cafe, gym and sports facilities, together in an urban forest.

Many of Barlow Park’s new buildings have been designed around the trees that grow on the site. All native trees within the compound will be preserved during the construction process.

Barlow Park’s public space will include 5,500 m2 of retail in an open-air neighborhood convenience center on the ground floor anchored by Checkers and Clicks and featuring a mix of restaurants, fast food outlets, banks and more.

Located around the corner from Katherine Street, it is also considered ideal for commuters.

The development plan includes a primary, secondary and preschool school, a medical center, as well as shared offices with a secure Curro DigiEd high school during the first phase of opening.

Beginning at the western end of the site, the first phase of the development will include the convenience store, secondary school and the 750 residential units that make up the first two apartment blocks.

Barlow Park will be developed to the east of the precinct, with the second phase of 860 units in the next two residential blocks due to start a year later.

The rollout of the Barlow Park development will meet demand, with the entire project expected to take six to eight years to develop.

Atterbury, with its commercial property asset management expertise, and Divercity, with its rental housing asset management expertise, will provide asset management functions for the completed development.

Barlow Park is located at 180 Katherine Street in the financial capital of Sandton. The property benefits from a privileged position next to the M1 motorway and the main thoroughfare of Katherine Street.