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Businesses that require industrial space are usually in it for the long term, so the decision for the location for your industrial operations shouldn’t be made in haste. There are a number of factors to keep in mind when buying or renting industrial space. Consider the following:

Location

The ideal location for industrial property is determined by different factors to that of commercial property or office space. Industrial property needs to be located near to various accessible modes of transport such as road, rail, ports, and airports; most of which are on the fringes of major cities and towns. However, as a business owner, you’d also want to pick a location that is easy to reach for your employees, as well as easily seen by your potential customers – property exposure and visible brand frontage is also important. It will be difficult to attract clients if your premises are too far away.

Economics

Whether buying or renting industrial property, the amount of money you need to spend on it will be directly influenced by the location. Factories and warehouses that are further away from the city centre will be cheaper to rent or buy; while industrial space closer to attractive major routes and a denser population will be more expensive to occupy. What you spend on square metres, however, you’ll save in transport and advertising costs. If your industrial building is situated next to a highway, you’ll get more branding bang for your buck because your brand will be seen daily by thousands of commuters. Don’t just accept this as a given, though; do your research and determine the average rental and purchase costs of similar industrial space in the neighbourhood to conclude that you’re getting a good price.

Modern amenities

Being in the throes of the green revolution, the age of the industrial building you want to occupy should also influence your decision to buy or rent there. Older buildings, though more economical, will tend to be less energy efficient and may cost a lot of money to “green” or retrofit. Newer buildings will be required to adhere to environmentally friendly standards and will be developed accordingly.

Security

Business insurance will only go so far – it’s important to ensure that your industrial property has adequate security. Access control via booms, security personnel, check-in procedures and/or key-card access has become the standard for most businesses. Property fencing needs to be adequate and properly maintained, and it’s not too drastic to also sign on to armed response services in case of emergency.

Office desk and chair facing wall

Most people spend most of their day in an office, so it helps to not sit in a warehouse-like setup with the cold glare of buzzing fluorescents backlighting their computer screens for eight painful hours a day. Whether your office is in a Jacaranda-lined suburb in Pretoria or on a spacious Welgemoed property, your employees deserve to have their work space jazzed up so that they feel more inspired and happy while they work.

Here are some easy ways to liven up an everyday office:

1. Paint in colour!
Painting the walls of an office can completely change the vibe. Even if you don’t want to be too extreme, simply painting one wall can bring the office to life. Employees may even change their cubicle décor to suit the new office colour.

2. Install a suggestion-whiteboard
The beauty of a whiteboard is that it can be used, changed, and used again. Allow employees to make lists, take meeting notes, or simply write inspirational quotes on the whiteboard. Make it their creative space – this will get everyone contributing to the ideas board, which may even inspire the boss!

3. Get a coffee maker
If you’re the boss that everyone loves to hate, turn that all around with a coffee maker. Employees will forget that you made them work late or that performance reviews feel like purgatory – as long as they have the bitter injection of a regular latte, they’ll forgive you. Include a vending machine and you’ll almost certainly be given a “BEST BOSS EVER” mug as a joint gift from all of them.

4. Put up personal artwork
This is a great idea if you work in a creative environment. Very often, employees’ personal creativity gets side-lined in favour of clients’ creative briefs. Suggest that each office creative bring a personal artwork to the office to hang on the walls. Not only will this change the dynamic of the office, but the personalisation will make employees feel like their creativity matters.

How have you livened up your office space? Comment below and give other employers some great ideas!

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It was reported recently that the Fountainhead Property Trust negotiations on the unsolicited offer from Redefine Properties to acquire all its property assets was complete “in all material respects”, but it had extended the deadline until February 22 2013.

At the same time of this offer, Growthpoint Properties also lodged an unsolicited bid. It was decided however, by the Fountainhead’s independent committee, not to engage with Growthpoint, but deal exclusively with Redefine. This exclusivity was scheduled to expire on the 31st January 2013 if a written sale agreement had not been concluded, but this was extended to the 22nd February 2013.

Foutainhead Property Trust said the exclusivity had been extended to verify the proposed execution of sale by its’ newly appointed trustee, and that it complied with the Collective Investment Schemes Control Act and its trust deed. Fountainhead units lost 0.82% at the end of January 2013.

Several prime Pretoria properties go up for auction on Wednesday October 27 at noon. Auction Alliance will host the event at the prestigious Hilton Hotel located at 138 Rivonia Road, Sandton.

For starters, there’s the government-tenanted commercial property on Daan De Wet Nel Road in Clarina, Pretoria North. A secure investment prospect, the property extends over an approximate GLA of 21 331m². It offers retail and office space, plus a Sasol service station with car-wash facility, right next to the Winternest Railway Station. That means it’s within easy access of main arterial routes like the R80 that lead to the central business district.

Tenants include the Department of Public Works, Sasol, Shoprite Usave and Metro Police. The property produces a gross annual income of R11 219 087,38. It accommodates plenty of parking space, which is a big plus, and incorporates retail shops, a motor vehicle workshop and offices. The loading areas are strategically situated at the eastern and western ends of the two-storey, U-shaped building.

Another income-generating commercial property in Pretoria going on auction the same day is anchored by the National Treasury until 2014. Located at 215 Vermeulen Street, it occupies 1 260m² GLA and generates a gross income of R1 343 856. The property also has reasonable access to the main arterial routes. Because it has 74 basement parking bays, it presents a lucrative option for a parking garage – plans for a four-storey facility have been drawn up.

In addition, there is an existing 104-room hotel on the corner of Visagie and Van der Walt on auction that day. To date for 2011, it has generated a gross income of R2 352 460. The location of this business property also puts it within easy access of the major highways.

As South Africa’s administrative capital, Pretoria has a reputation for operating at a slightly more measured pace than Johannesburg does just half an hour’s drive away (or less by Gautrain). It is famous for its jacaranda tree-lined avenues as well as its historic monuments.

First National Bank has completed the construction of its ground breaking regional head offices based in Melyn, Pretoria. The commercial construction project cost a staggering R355 million and will house the various FNB and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) divisions presently dispersed around the city. The building is owned by both FNB and Growthpoint under the same sectional title scheme.

FNB will occupy the 15 080 metre square office block where its sectional title partner Growthpoint will move into a 9 880 metre square office space. Both respective buildings boast a super basement parking comprising four levels. The general building consists of a ground level and 5 level office space which can carry 840 people.

FNB’s commercial property in Pretoria exceeded the criteria for office space construction, boasting raised access floors for flexible voice, data, power reticulations as well as power back-ups for emergencies.

In keeping with environmental “green” standards for commercial property; air-conditioning and lighting installations have been implemented. The new headquarters satisfyingly adhere to recognised standards for environmental and safety operational criteria – incorporating global practices such as water reutilisation and energy efficiency.

This record breaking commercial property is a further investment to the city of Tshwane; an economic enhancement that in its own right establishes the metropolitan district as a commercial node rivalling those thriving elsewhere in the country.

Tshwane recently enjoyed a revamped airport, a six lane road system between Johannesburg and Pretoria, as well as a landmark in the Gautrain infrastructure. Tshwane’s developments secure a healthy flow of investment both domestically and internationally in the tourism, construction and commerce sectors.

FNB’s Pretoria headquarters are greatly contributing to job creation. Both in the sense of the construction works carried out and the support of maintenance staff that will be required and commissioned for the office block’s upkeep.

Boogertman & Partners provided the architectural design of this A-prime commercial property development with Steffanuti Stocks being credited as a principal contractor. Operations will commence from as early as February 2012 which is when the staff are expected to occupy the premises.

There are talks of a colossal commercial structure taking shape in Pretoria. With office space of 4136 metre square proportions and this is only phase 1 of four phases plan scheduled to be complete in the year 2013.

This gradual sprawling mega-structure is coined The Club and will soon be home to trendy restaurants such as Cafe 84. Made available for commercial leasing and renting, think of it as a retail Mecca.

Enjoying a significant setting which is effortlessly accessible to Waterklooof and Brooklyn suburbs, this multi-purposed building is capturing the imagination of “would-be” property investors, businesses – both large and small – as well as prospective employees. This 3 floor building is already anticipated to be one of the most ideal office spaces to work in, by many Pretoria property pundits.

As you are reading this, phase one is operating and has been well underway since August 2011. Phase two of this property to rent in Pretoria is currently in progress and also bears mixed-use qualities; conducive for corporate tenanting, and open plan in-door outdoor restaurants. With regards to phase three however, consisting of a full refurbishment of the existing building. An extra floor will be added to the building with open atriums created to admit natural light from the outside. If all goes according to schedule, this phase could be fully operational and occupied by as early as March 2012.

Phase four will see the entire shopping precinct being redeveloped to accommodate high-end retail stores. This latter project will span 400 meter squares; it will also be the location of a premier food anchor in addition to being dubbed the fashion quarters of the complex.