Called the “new Maboneng“, Victoria Yards in Lorentzville/Bezvalley is set to launch in March 2018 (don’t take our word for it, that’s the rumour going around this compound). This 30 000m² of industrial space will be home to many established as well as up-and-coming artists. One of the most prominent tenants will be photographer Roger Ballen. There will also be an art gallery as well as a craft brewery.
Victoria Yards is an inner-city landscape completely different to anything Joburg currently offers. Through building an eco-system where tenants thrive as a community, Victoria Yards presents a uniquely integrated urban complex that is as much about social development as commercial enterprise. This development is spearheaded by Brian Green, part-owner of Group 44 (the developers behind 44 Stanley in Milpark and 107 Bree Street in Cape Town). To Brian this is a “dream project”. The idea is to involve the local community into the project by way of vegetable gardens, skills upliftment programmes and job creation.
Victoria Yards is across the road from the Nando’s global office, a couple of blocks away from Ellis Park Stadium and a stone’s throw from Joburg’s very own China Town, Cyrildene.
By Shawn Greyling