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26 Jul 2006

The old Durban Point Prison, once made up of four double storey barracks joined by a large prison wall has been redeveloped into an apartment block. The first new residents at the Point Bastille in Durban's Point Waterfront Precinct have taken transfer and the body corporate has been formed.

"The Point Bastille is not a new building but the re-development of the old and historic Durban Point Prison" explains Horst Keil, spokesman for the development consortium.

"I believe the prison was built in 1932 to house African prisoners who served out their sentences as dockworkers. Turning the old listed building into an attractive apartment block, with shops and restaurants while respecting its historic value was an enormous challenge. The big and chunky walls of the old building, however, leave no doubt in anyone's mind that the building was once a prison!"

"Our architect Richard Cooper has done wonders. He has designed our Point Bastille as a four-storey, mixed- use building by pairing the old barracks, doubling their height and closing them in. This creates interior courtyards with ground floor shops and parking in twin complexes." adds Keil.

The three floors above the shops and garaging accommodate 32 sectional title units. These include 8 four bedroom double volume penthouse apartments. The penthouses each have double lock up garages and owners of the remaining 3 bedroom units each are assigned secure under cover parking bays. All the units are air-conditioned and the complex is guarded on a 24 hour basis by security guards who are assisted by CCTV cameras and monitors.

Ninety percent of the apartments have been sold. Prices range from R1,85m for a spacious 3 bedroom apartment of 150sq m to R4,2m for a 260sq m four bedroom double volume penthouse. It is expected that finishing of phase two will be completed by mid August 2006.

"I had been monitoring progress at Durban's Point carefully and when the Point Development Company released land adjoining the R750m uShaka Marine World, I formed a consortium and bid for the old historic building. We also have a 22% black empowerment component which we feel is important" assures Keil.

For more information contact 0837788175.

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