If you haven’t visited Durban for a while, you’re in for a stunning surprise … as you can see in these brilliant photographs taken by PETER DE GROOT of PdGPix Photos.
Apart from the beachfront, which has been transformed with a beautiful boardwalk that’s become popular with families, joggers and surfers…
… there’s been a lot of development and renovation going on in the Point Precinct area.
From the old dilapidated buildings that nature was taking over near the lower end of Point Road, the harbour side…
… the area has been undergoing renovation with world-class design and development. Clearly there is a reason that for the second year running Durban has been ranked higher than Johannesburg and Cape Town for offering a “high quality of life” in Mercer’s survey of 230 world cities.
The developments below – The Quays on the left and The Sails on the right – were completed in the early to mid 2000s.
The legendary Point fire station – which was built in 1907 but is no longer used as a fire station – has also been renovated.
And most recently, the Seabreeze Development for the iconic Lion Match Company (which is over 100 years old) in the Point Waterfront node has been completed…
The Lion Match corporate head office and distribution facilities, on the corner of Mahatma Ghandi and Signal Roads, cost at least R80 million and compromises just over 10,000 square metres.
These pics were taken by Peter in August 2015, showing the building under construction…
And here’s the final product, photographed last week:
And last but not least, Durban harbour and yacht mole yesterday morning, just before the first rain arrived.
Durban is definitely making a splash!