The R75 million redevelopment and refurbishment of the SOM retail and new UG A-grade office level started with conceptualising and planning in 2018. The building works commenced in January 2019 and the year-long building project was completed in December 2019.
A new retail entrance was opened on the Lower Ground floor anchored by two new retail tenants.
The new entrance allows for the approx. 8,000 commuters using the bus, train and taxi services, easy access through the centre onto Main Road.
The refurbished ground floor retail level is lighter, brighter and modern with the emphasis on natural light flooding in through the new pyramid skylights situated above beautiful 6m tall trees that brings the outside in. The ground floor is dominated by a food court where customers can enjoy a quick bite or lazy lunch whilst surfing the net using the free wi-fi.
Cuisine includes local foods by Mariams Kitchen and Main Meal, with more international flavours offered by Korean Kitchen, Hong Sushi & Chinese – and more to be added.
The SOM office block above the retail level now consists of just over 12,000 m² of office space allowing for just over 1500 people alone working in the SOM office block.
An improved parking system and the addition of security cameras has also added to Peace of Mind and Safety of our Customers.
The new Ignite Fitness is a new state-of-the-art gym facility that has already signed up over 1,000 new members. Ignite is a great fitness addition that compliments Samurai Karate that offers various forms of martial arts training.
Rush Trampoline Park and the Ten Pin Bowling alley add to the fun entertainment element of the centre. Whilst the younger generation are enjoying this, Mom and Dad can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and a healthy meal at the Sprout Café, situated around one of the beautiful trees with lots of natural light streaming through the pyramid shaped skylight.
The parkade linked to SOM has over 700 parking bays and allows for great public access into Claremont. With limited parking available in Claremont, many of the monthly parkers are people who work in other buildings in and around Claremont. Their only access out onto Main Road is via our ground floor retail level.
Claremont CBD has a very small footprint that includes mixed-use buildings offering both a retail/office & residential component. Two of the buildings with a large residential component are situated one on each side of SOM. ‘The Claremont’ with 322 residential units on one side and ‘Roscommon House’ with 582 bed student accommodation sits the other side. Both are less than a 5-minute walk to SOM. The Jammie shuttle (student bus transport) is situated directly outside our new back entrance to SOM.
SOM is in the heart of Claremont, allowing for everyone living and working in the area easy access to parking, fitness, food and fun.
It’s right where the action is.