OR Tambo plans R4,5bn upgrade

OR Tambo International Airport has unveiled plans for a R4,5bn development project that will see its Western Precinct acquire new offices, retail space, hotel and conference facilities and additional transit-related services.

“The Western Precinct development forms part of a strategy to expand our offering and to drive new sources of growth for the entire region,” said OR Tambo gm, Bongiwe Pityi-Vokwana.

Phase one of seven begins this month and involves the construction of three six-storey office buildings, a fitness centre, a canteen, a crèche and corporate head office for Acsa and the SACAA. This phase is scheduled for completion in 2020, and will create an estimated 1 100 jobs.

The long- term plan involves the construction of a mixed-use development that consists of a variety of buildings forming a boulevard at the international departures level, housing various retail stores, restaurants, cafés and bars.

The development will also improve the connectivity from the Gautrain station to existing hotels and facilities via pedestrian-friendly connections to the international terminal building.

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