SA Affordable Housing July / August 2018 // Issue: 71 - Page 28

PROJECTS features Affordable Tirong Estate launched in Joburg A multi-million rand affordable housing development comprising 638 units was launched in March in Fourways. By Cherry Ellis| Photos by Benjamin Brits & Derek Warren Developments Tirong Estate has been designed and developed by Derek Warren Developments (DWD), partnering with Inernational Housing Solutions. The photographs show the different units that are available. T he Tirong Estate development was designed and developed by Derek Warren Developments (DWD) in partnership with International Housing Solutions. “We are known to develop high-end family homes and are proud to be associated with an affordable housing estate. “Partnering with IHS, is a huge plus for us, their expertise and structures they have in place, help pave the way and clear possible barriers and challenges for us with their global network of contacts,” says Derek Warren, managing director at DWD. The first phase has already been sold out and (unlike similar developments) this project has the look and feel of a modern housing estate. It overlooks the picturesque mountains of Magaliesberg and is close to malls, schools, recreational facilities and will house about 2 000 people. The land where the 240 000m 2 estate is being built brings back fond memories for Warren, who grew up not far from there – he used to cycle in the field as a child. “It is such a proud moment for us to, with this development, tie in with the new vision that government, municipalities and everybody has, integrating affordable housing in old established residential areas,” says Warren. The land was first earmarked for low industrial sites or self-storage units, but around 2003 council’s Regional Spatial Development frame work established it for a high density residential area. Tirong Estate is a highly secure, walled and gated estate. Its features include a 2.4m high perimeter wall with 12 strand electric fencing on top, state of the art CCTV surveillance system throughout the estate, biometric access control and 26 JULY - AUGUST 2018 AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING two entrances each with 24-hour manned guardhouses and control rooms. The estate is centrally located to Fourways Precinct and Fourways Mall, Cosmo Mall and Northgate Mall and is easily accessed via Malibongwe Drive or Witkoppen Road and is close to the N14 Krugersdorp / Pretoria freeway. The estate consists of 638 single family homes. Buyers can choose from five different size floor plans ranging from 40.5m² to 80m² placed on a generous size stand ranging from 150m² to 300m² and priced below R500 000 up to R779 000. The options include: • The 40.5m² offers two bedrooms, one bathroom, an open plan lounge and kitchen with a garden and parking space for two vehicles. • The 50m² offers three bedrooms, one bathroom, an open plan lounge and kitchen with a garden and parking space or two vehicles. • The 60m² unit offers three bedrooms, one bathroom, an open plan lounge and kitchen with a garden and parking space for two vehicles. • The 70m² offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen with a garden and parking space for two vehicles. • This 80 m² offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a guest toilet, open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen with a garden and parking space for two vehicles. “We build ourselves but have been engaging with a local community liaison officer to employ local labour. This has worked to our advantage and the community is happy. We