Claremont serves up an energetic lifestyle brimming with attractions. Living and working in the suburb, one can enjoy a dynamic social life, hotels, meeting places, sporting venues, stylish office space with the impressive backdrop of Table Mountain, and secluded places to enjoy some downtime. Due to its centrality, Claremont offers easy access to highways and main routes, public transport, and a prime commercial hub in the form of Cavendish Square and Connect, featuring a wide selection of retail shops and restaurants.
Commercial and office space in recent years is being snapped up rapidly. Vacancies as of mid-2014 stand at about 9.7%. The completion of new residential apartment blocks such as The Beaumont, accommodating the influx of residents and students into the area, ensures central Claremont will remain a highly sought after business district. While there has been no recent construction of new commercial buildings, a few refurbishments have taken place, improving the value of basing a business in the suburb.
New Developments in Claremont
Kingsbury Hospital completes R126m refurbishment
In September, Life Hospitals added significant extensions to Kingsbury Hospital (Wilderness Road, Claremont). The upgrade includes the addition of a new 24-hour Accident and Emergency Unit, a paediatric ward, and additional parking. The ground floor, operating theatres and wards have been overhauled, giving the hospital a modern ambience. With the increasing number of local residents and the need for quality healthcare, the hospital refurbishment means medical staff are equipped to deal with everything from chronic health conditions to trauma and exercise-related injuries.
In line with the trend in environmentally friendly building design, the renovation has incorporated features such as heat pumps to provide hot water at a fractional cost; and pumps which deliver cold air into areas that require continuous cooling. New LED lighting is projected to reduce energy usage to a fifth of the original, while recycled water will be used for garden irrigation.
The residential block’s ground floor has been designed for two retail sections, each with approximately 250 m2 of floor space. Businesses between Cavendish and Kenilworth can look forward to new amenities once the sections are up and running!
Outstanding commercial space for office or retail use includes Draper Square, Paramount Place, the Sunclare office block, 200 on Main, Montclare (a more recent addition to Claremont CBD), as well as Protea Place. All blocks feature a combination of access security and parking, plus close proximity to public transport and the retail shops, banks, gyms and restaurants along or just off Main Road. Businesses taking up residence in Claremont can offer the staff members with children the reassuring bonus of the many quality schools and tertiary institutions located in the suburb and surrounds.