Baywest City is the first of its kind for the Eastern Cape – a state-of-the-art mixed-use retail, business and lifestyle development in the western suburbs of Nelson Mandela Bay.
Modelled on successful live-work-play developments such as Durban’s Gateway and Cape Town’s Century City, Baywest City is conveniently situated adjacent to the N2 freeway.
This new urban node epitomises the modern lifestyle and is fast becoming an exciting new gateway to the city of Port Elizabeth.
The 320ha precinct, aptly referred to as “The Pulse of the Bay”, is a multi-billion rand development by Abacus Asset Management and Billion Group.
Baywest Mall was the catalyst for the first phase of development, which also saw a R250-million upgrade to the surrounding road infrastructure.
Connecting to the city’s existing freeway network, the precinct is no more than 20 minutes’ drive from anywhere in Port Elizabeth.
Around a quarter of the land will remain undeveloped, allowing for pockets of protected environmental urban parks between the spatial developments.
Living the contemporary Baywest lifestyle is easy in the secure, upmarket residential estate.
Boasting an architect-designed mix of modern freestanding homes and townhouses, this 228-unit development sprawls across a total volume built area of 46 000m2.
Beautifully landscaped, the estate creates a sense of freedom, community and indoor-outdoor living with wooden walkways and trail running paths.
High-tech security features include 24-hour surveillance, security guards, an electrified perimeter and fingerprint identification on entry.
The residential component is set to break ground in the second half of 2016.
Complementing the residential component will be a 20 000m2 lifestyle centre incorporating the latest design Virgin Active gym and several big-box retail outlets.
The non-mall retailers include hardware, furniture, home and outdoor outlets to create the lifestyle residents have always dreamed of.
For those staying just a little while, a 150-key international hotel is planned within the next 24 months.
In addition, travellers will soon be able to take advantage of a 24-hour Engen 1-Stop convenience service station – offering a brief respite on their journey ahead.
The Eastern Cape’s first green-rated commercial office building is currently under construction. This three-storey, purpose-built block carries a five-star as built rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa.
Also scheduled for construction in the latter part of the year is the precinct’s second A-grade office development, featuring high-speed fibre connectivity and ample basement as well as ground-level parking.
Known as Shoreward Chambers, the office park will be targeting a four-star green certification for environmentally sensitive design.
Offering a gross lettable area of 8 000m2, the office park gives prospective tenants the chance to occupy anything from 150m2 to an entire building, depending on their unique business needs.
A well-known healthcare service provider will look after the well being of Baywest City patrons with the establishment of a private hospital in the precinct
Additional long-term plans include a warehousing component, motor dealership and more.
The 90 000m2 Baywest Mall has been the lynchpin for the Baywest City development. This multi-storey shopping and entertainment destination opened its doors in May 2015 and has exceeded all expectations in terms of foot traffic and spend in its first year of trade. Click here to visit Baywest Mall.
A pair of high-end destination eateries will provide a whole new experience for Bay foodies. The freestanding restaurants are set to appeal to all the senses as they offer fine dining and pristine views of the adjoining conservation area.