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Oct 4, 2017 | Features, Property News

Dutch reform

An international example of heritage is the B30 building in The Hague, Netherlands. Dutch firm KAAN Architecten completed the restoration to much acclaim, transforming the property dating back to 1917 into a contemporary office space for five government institutions. The ground floor is accessible to the public and includes a cafe, library and meeting rooms.

New lease on life

Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital in Cape Town has undergone the second phase of its R150 million upgrade by the Department of Transport and Public Works for the provincial Department of Health. This includes changes to and the restoration of its heritage buildings from the early 1900s. Extensive remedial work was carried out to address issues such as damage caused by a beetle infestation and damp rot in the roof structures and floors. The buildings are naturally aired using the historic Boyle ventilator system, which was restored and placed back into operation. Other historical mechanical equipment, including an old coal-fired Cochran boiler, Weir pumps and an autoclave, have been retained as significant artefacts.

Rolls-Royce of the seas

Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with Claydon Reeves, recently unveiled the Aeroboat brand at this year’s SuperYacht Gallery in London. The five models, ranging from 16m to 30m, are all about luxury, aesthetics and performance. Rolls-Royce powers and controls the yachts, from the engines to the water-jet propulsion. Aeroboat’s newly launched showroom is based in Kensington.

Hyde Park High

The launch of One97 in Hyde Park is big news on the Johannesburg residential scene. The multi-million-rand, six-storey development, with its 100-plus luxury apartments, is developed by G5 Properties Group in partnership with Sylt and Liviero. The property is on the market through Pam Golding Properties with prices ranging from R1.9 million for a 50m2 unit to R13 million for a penthouse. High-end features include ample balconies, soundproofing, Smeg appliances and Grohe sanitary-ware. Low-energy LED designer lighting, a central gas-heated water system and gas hobs decrease electricity consumption. And, because the building is north facing, it reduces heating requirements.

Credit: Photographs: Supplied, Text: Genevieve Putter