The rise of eCommerce is resulting in shifting patterns of land use. In particular, there is an increased demand for light distribution warehousing which Rand Airport’s new development is ideally suited to provide.”

This shift in consumer and buying behaviour is driving the transformation of land-usage around the world and in South Africa, and directly affects he patterns of property development. More warehousing and distribution space is needed by retailers and suppliers. As a result, even some of the oldest players in the industry are recognising the need to transform their approach.

Rand Airport, which has been in operation since 1931, recently partnered with Aerospace Developers and the Currie Group, established in 1887, to develop the land surrounding the airport. The aim is to unlock the value that these circa 140 hectares of land offer, while still allowing all aviation activities to continue uninterrupted. Rand Airport Commercial Precinct will soon be able to accommodate logistics and distribution facilities with air side access, light manufacturing facilities, commercial office users and showroom facilities.

SA Flyer Magazine 2020/2