04 May 2017 Volume :5 Issue :24

Tour of Lion Match Factory by UKZN Alumni Association

Tour of Lion Match Factory by UKZN Alumni Association
UKZN alumni on a tour of the Lion Match Office Park.

Members of the UKZN Durban Alumni Association enjoyed an interesting and informative tour of the iconic Lion Match factory in Umgeni Road, Durban.

The building, which underwent an extensive makeover, is one of the city’s architectural landmarks.

JT Ross, a property development and construction group, bought the 90-year-old premises more than a decade ago when Lion Match moved its manufacturing operations to Gauteng. It rejuvenated the former match factory, converting it into an office park.

The refurbishment created 24 000 m² of office space and introduced features such as a coffee shop, outside eating areas and on-site medical and health facilities as well as a three-storey parking garage.

JT Ross swept the board with top honours for the overhaul at the 2016 South African Property Owners’ Association awards in Gauteng. The architect involved was UKZN alumnus Mr Dean Jay.

The presentation and tour was followed by an enjoyable tea in The Boiler Room hosted by JT Ross.

Finn Christensen

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