SA Affordable Housing March / April 2018 // Issue: 69 - Page 33

PROJECTS Comfortable living is found inside and outside the complex. while nuclear families need an affordable and convenient lifestyle, preferably close to schools with entertainment areas in the estate.” Urbika Urban Lifestyle Estate is therefore not for a specific race or age group. “In the design of this estate we’ve managed to address the main needs of this market, while keeping it hugely affordable, yet providing nothing short of a premium product.” With a backdrop of Cinderella Dam, Similan have elegantly woven together the splendour of the outdoors with the energy of city life, energy efficient design and a colourful edge that’s uniquely local. On top of this, they have designed different types of apartments and homes to cater for unique needs. The estate has a dedicated retail complex, water and play park, a Curro school, volley ball field, a children’s mountain bike pump track, outdoor gym, as well as a central recreational space with a clubhouse and amphitheatre to hold community meetings or use as a venue for gatherings. It is also fitted with a massive 24-hour manned security infrastructure with cameras all round, biometric control gates and pin codes for visitors. The number of units are also reduced to create a liveable space. He asserts that you can build anything you desire; the challenge remains commercial affordability. Funders and council are excited about the project and its aim to push boundaries of affordable housing. There are seven different types of apartments ranging from a studio to a three-bedroomed loft. The estate provides quick and easy access to major roads (including the N12 and N17), highways and public facilities like hospitals, shopping malls and schools. Apartments come with interior finishes made to make life easier such as washing machine connection (all apartments), dishwasher connection (some apartments), secure, designated parking areas, PVR connection to a shared DStv dish, dedicated washing lines, small gardens for ground floor apartments, granite tops, under-counter oven and hob, built-in cupboards as well as imported German kitchen cupboards. Currently undergoing Edge Certification, Spies states that every detail is worked out to fit Edge compliance. “From the brick to the window and taps,” he says. They’ve installed heat pumps systems with PV insulation that sits on portion of the carports. Three smart meters are installed throughout the complex, allowing tenants to manage their utility on an app. “The app reconciles every night showing the day’s usage. You can recharge on it as well,” he concludes. Every detail of the estate is managed towards a green certification. AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING MARCH - APRIL 2018 31