The newly released GBCSA Communities Pilot rating tool, which has been based on the Communities v1.1 Rating Tool from Australia through consultation with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), is set to create a standard that will look at transforming South Africa’s cities and communities. The certification system goes beyond the rating of singular buildings by offering to raise the standards of and creating more sustainable communities within South Africa. The 5 principles of sustainable communities, which is the core focus for the Communities Rating Tool is enhanced livability, economic prosperity, environmental responsibility, design excellence and strong leadership and governance. The rating tool aims at encouraging higher levels of sustainability across a broader range of issues than those identified in the current rating tools for individual buildings and which focuses on the support of planning, design, and delivery of precincts with strong environmental sustainability principles. The Communities rating system provides a more holistic approach to property developers and local government with larger precinct scale projects and offers incentives to the local communities through a focus on community orientated sustainable urban design. It provides a framework for greater sustainable development outcomes. Blue Rock Village, a registered PILOT project for the GBCSA Communities Rating Tool, aims to meet these standards by creating a green lifestyle village which not only encompasses the sustainability principles on a precinct scale but also on an individual building scale through strategic environmental design which reduces energy and water consumption and improves thermal and acoustic performance. Already undertaking more productive, sustainable and liveable practices, Blue Rock Village aims to go one step forward by using the Communities Rating Tool as a measurement for best practice benchmarks that meet a range of environmental, economic . . .
Blue Rock is excited to be once again selected as the hosting venue of the biggest summer festival in the Cape We Love Summer. Organised by Vacation Club, the festival originates from the seaside city of Cape Town, South Africa, the We Love Summer brand is a series of boutique summertime festivals thrown in honor of all friends, the sun, the music and the spirit of party. The festival is attended by 3000 summer lovers from both local and tourist, coming either abroad or within South Africa. The festival offers exceptional music experience, a guaranteed time of your life, accompanied by an awesome cable skiing action to set the mood. Summer lovers can expect to be treated to the likes of Culo De Song, Digitaria, and Kyle Watson. The event will take place on the 12 November 2016, starting from 10:30 am until midnight at Blue Rock Cable Ski, Somerset West. Blue Rock as a venue is known for its exceptional views, water skiing facilities, mouth-watering pizzas. This former quarry site heritage, dates to the 1950’s, as a prime quarry with the cleanest and clearest natural water in the Western Cape with a depth of 60m, 400m long and can reach up to 27°C on a sunny day making it perfect for knee boarding, water-skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving and rock jumping. Blue Rock boast the first water sports facility in Cape Town which includes the first cable ski in the Western Cape, the venue is visited by over 100 000 visitors both local and international and can accommodate up to 3000 people. Other Blue Rock activities include paintball, fufi slide, beach volleyball making it an awesome venue for year-end functions and team building activities. On the day, We Love Summer will be running a Plant A Seed parking levy campaign, a donation of R20 will be charged for parking at the festival grounds “All the money raised from our parking levies & R5 from every ticket sold this season will go towards our LANGA SUNSHINE PROJECT with Plant A Seed. We’re raising money throughout . . .
Blue Rock Resort is excited to announce its seasonal opening which started on the 17 of September 2016. The resort has the largest obstacle course in South Africa, most sort after water sports destination in the Cape, with more than 100 000 visitors per season both local and international. Situated on the picturesque slopes of the Helderberg Mountains, Somerset West, Blue Rock boasts the only clean, crystal clear lake, in the Western Cape. This former quarry site heritage, dates to the 1950’s, as the largest quarry in the Western Cape with a depth of 60m, 250m long and can reach up to 27°C on a sunny day making it the perfect for knee boarding, water-skiing, wakeboarding, scuba and commercial freestyle diving. The Blue Rock Restaurant and Cafe specialises in Mediterranean cuisine and aims to promote a healthy lifestyle using local produce to create fresh and exciting seasonal dishes such as the famous Blue Rock thin-based Pizza á la Italia and homemade juicy burger. The Badi (beach area) is the ideal place to kick back, take a break, tan, and socialise while the kids get to grips with the playground and shallow water. The area also offers a beach bar, shaded areas, umbrellas, and bean bags, giving you a real Mediterranean lifestyle which adds to one’s well-being. Other activities include volleyball, 6-7-metre-high rock jumping point, 400-metre-long fufi-slide as well a fenced in paintball field which is perfect for spectators to watch. As Cape Town’s most sort after water sports destination, Blue Rock Resort is excited to welcome you and your family for an unforgettable experience. For more information, please contact us for table reservations, venue hire, packages for birthday/bachelor parties, company functions, conferences, weddings and school outings. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqS7mDVxkfs CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Swisatec is pleased to announce the launch of phase one of Blue Rock Village: Giovanni Luxury Terrace Apartment. The Giovanni Luxury Terrace Apartment provides residents with amenities, amazing views of the Hottentots mountain ranges, award winning wine farms and sandy beaches of Gordon’s Bay and Strand, plus an exclusive lifestyle to its residents. Blue Rock Village is currently targeting a 6-star Green Star Communities Rating by the Green Building Council South Africa, this will place Blue Rock Village as the first village in Africa to be awarded a 6-star Green Star Communities Rating and a world class development recognised by the World Green Building Council. The Giovanni Luxury Terrace Apartment consist of 64 apartments, with 1 to 3 bedrooms and 4 luxury Penthouses with an option to customise or combine two units to create a large 4 to 6 luxury room apartment. Apartment sizes range from 117sq to 556sq this includes surrounding terrace, underground parking and breath-taking views “We’re thrilled to announce the launch of phase one of Blue Rock Village; Giovanni Luxury Terrace Apartment. We have been planning this development for some time and are excited that it is finally underway. It will certainly be one of the most iconic residential estates in Africa and a world class development. The village has already attracted both local and foreign interest with more than 65 percent of the first phase of Giovanni reserved before the announcement” said Lukas Reichmuth- director of Swisatec. Giovanni apartments prices starting from R4.2 million, VAT exclusive, cash buyers for a limited time only stand a chance to receive a financial benefit, layout and design options, price advantage and price lock. Built based on European standards, each apartment will be equipped with eco-friendly and cost-saving features and technology innovations, such as the 2.4-meter rubber-sealed thermal-break aluminium double-glazed glass windows, full insulation, LED lighting, . . .
Blue Rock Village, Africa’s first green village, developed by Swisatec an architecture and project management firm in Cape Town is proud to announce its support for the World Green Building Week hosted by the World Green Building Council in conjunction with the Green Building Council South Africa. Blue Rock Village is one of the projects selected by the Green Building Council South Africa as a pilot project for the Green Star Communities Rating Tool which is originally from Australia. The village is currently targeting a 6-start Green Star SA-Communities Rating, which will position Blue Rock Village as a world-class development that is credibly green and internationally recognised by the GBCSA. The World Green Building Week is the flagship event of green building movement and led by the World Green Building Council, which GBCSA , a proud member/partner of.The event starts on the 26 September to 2 October 2016. It’s the annual opportunity for Green Building Councils, their members and leaders from around the world to showcase in how their actions and leadership are helping to deliver green buildings in their own countries and to celebrate the positive outcomes they lead to. The theme for 2016 World Green Building is ‘Change Your Perspective’ an evolution of World GBC’s #BetterBuildGreen campaign. There are so many untold facts and figure that can genuinely change how people think about buildings, and specifically green building. We need them to understand the impact and benefits that green building can have on global emissions, energy, water, health and well-being, the economy and beyond. It’s time to change their perspective. In support of the initiative, Swisatec and Blue Rock Village will run a campaign to educate the public on the benefits of buying a Blue Rock Village luxury apartment which is build based on European standards with fittings that have a positive impact on health and well -being, energy, the economy, emissions, and water saving . . .
Blue Rock Village is proud to announce its support and participation in the STBB 2Keep-a-Breast MTB Challenge. The event is hosted by South Africa’s leading law firm, SMITH TABATA BUCHANAN BOYES in support of CANSA, an organisation that works tirelessly to enable cancer research, educate the public and provide support to all affected by cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. A woman can develop breast cancer at any time during her adult life and 1 in 10 South African women will. But as more women have mammograms and with increased awareness and education on the topic, rates of early detection are increasing. The STBB 2Keep-a-Breast MTB Challenge has become the most popular mountain-biking event in the Western Cape, attracting more than 2 000 cyclist who love to ride the unique network of world class trails built into the Bottelary Hills conservancy which will also host, for the first time, a Twilight Trail Run this year. The aim of the event is to raise funds and all proceeds are donated to CANSA. The event offers a spectacular post-event market with stalls, food, craft beer tent, wine tasting, music, and children’s entertainment. 21 October 2016: STBB Twilight Trail Run – 12 km and 5 km 22 October 2016 : STBB 2Keep-a-Breast MTB Challenge- 60 km, 45 km, 30 km, 12 km, and 5 km Enter at www.quicket.co.za , online entries close on 18 October 2016. For more information, visit www.stbb.co.za , email firstname.lastname@example.org or make contact with them via social media Facebook: STBBMtbChallenge; Twitter @StbbMtb and Instagram; stbbmtb To educate yourself further on the facts of breast cancer, visit the CANSA website at www.cansa.org.za or better yet, book a mammogram TODAY, a mammogram can detect cancer years before you can! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Dollar House is in the heart of Helderberg area, positioned as a highly prestigious business location and home to many international financial institutions, it’s a place of steel and glass, of suits and speed and the habit of planning for the future rather than rambling on about the past. Designed by renowned architectural firm Swisatec, The Dollar House will offer 40 000 square metres of prime office space, 600 metres long, designed to accommodate thousands of people daily, a true world class building and an iconic landmark. The financial hub will keep true to the Blue Rock Village environmental objective and cost saving systems such as running the building on solar generated power, daylight-controlled lighting systems, water-efficient fittings, rain-water harvesting system, lifts will be installed with VVVF sleep mode for energy saving, full insulation and double glazed windows. The Dollar House will house financial institutions such as banks, law firms, financial consultants, financial advisors, and wealth management firms. With an expected wealth of financial institutions and head offices, the Dollar House will soon be the next financial hub of Cape Town and the driver of South Africa’s economy. A business hub doesn’t become a business hub without properly accommodating the Businessman-Blue Rock Village shines in this respect. A five-star Blue Rock Hotel and 80 executive apartments above The Dollar House dominate the landscape offering world-class amenities catering to business travellers. Blue Rock Village further offers the esteemed conferencing centre with a capacity to host over 500 executives. Linked to the conferencing centre is a 10 000 square metre Lifestyle exhibition street designed to host conferences, exhibitions, interactive events such product launch, concerts or music festivals. Next to The Dollar House is the Santa Luzia Lifestyle centre, a vibrant hub of Cape life where sophistication and chic collide. Its universal appeal makes . . .
Swisatec, architects and project managers of Blue Rock Village, Africa’s first green village, today announced a new multimillion-rand addition to the village, the Santa Luzia Lifestyle centre and the 5-star Blue Rock Hotel and Conferencing centre. Both new additions add more value to the village and bring more anticipation, an exclusive lifestyle and embrace the LIVE-WORK-PLAY Blue Rock Village ethos. “The Santa Luzia Lifestyle Centre is a multi - functional centre boasting 14 000sqm floor space, 7 story building, 600 metres long, with 10 000sqm exhibition street designed for hosting conferences, exhibition, interactive events such as local produce markets, product launches, and concerts or music festivals. Situated in the heart of the Helderberg area, Cape Town, “The Santa Luzia Lifestyle centre is a vibrant hub of Cape life where sophistication and chic collide with history and tradition. Its universal appeal makes it one of Cape Town's foremost attractions for both locals and international visitors. The centre will be home to boutique shops, doctors centre, clinics, professional office space, and gastronomies” said Mr Reichmuth director of Swisatec and owner of Blue Rock Village. The various hubs located in the centre include The Dollar House which is the financial hub of the Lifestyle centre offering high-end office space to law firms, financial institutions such as banks, consultants, and other financial professions. Staying true to the LIVE-WORK-PLAY Blue Rock Village ethos the Lifestyle is expected to have a Wellness, Spar and Sports centre; the “beauty farm” will offer an array of therapeutic centres, gym facilities, sauna’s, health bars/ shops, steam room, roman bath, thermal pool, medical spa, dance and yoga studios, spinning, Pilates classes and more. Linked to the Santa Luzia Lifestyle centre is the multimillion-rand 5-star Blue Rock Hotel and Conferencing centre. The Blue Rock Hotel will provide world class facilities in a calm and . . .
Cape Town, South Africa 24 March 2016: Swisatec, an architectural and project management firm based in Cape Town, South Africa, is set to build the first multibillion Green Village in Cape Town. The Blue Rock Village will be the first Green Village not only in South Africa but in Africa. The multibillion Green Village is an upgrade of the well-known Blue Rock Resort, which boasts a magnificent view of the Blue Rock Lake, the only lake in Cape Town with crystal clear waters, with a depth of 60 meters and a water temperature of 27C, ideal for water skiing and scuba diving. The Village is situated in the heart of award winning wine farms of Somerset West, a stone throw away from Sir Lowry’s Pass, approximately 3 to 6 kilometres away from the Gordon’s Bay and Strand beaches. The Village is accessible through the N2 highway For ease, Cape Town International Airport is only 15 minutes away by car and Cape Town CBD a mere 30 minutes. Plans for the mixed-use Blue Rock Village include a multi-functional Life Style Centre within the development, array of medical centres, boutiques, schools and colleges, nurseries, restaurants and cafes. The Life Style Centre is the heart of the Village, so to speak, where one can enjoy live music concerts, markets and opera’s. Linked to the centre, is the Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre, where one can be pampered in various Therapeutic centres, or take a leisurely dip in the swimming pool. Mr Lukas Reichmuth, Founder and Director of Blue Rock Village said “The project will be market driven, focusing on both the international market and the South African market, our apartments are designed to fit different types of individual needs. The development compromises of 1000 luxury apartments built on 40 hectares of land. As the first pioneers of Car Free Living, our vision of Blue Rock Village is to enjoy the magnificent beauty and natural surroundings where you can truly experience the great outdoors. All parking is underground to . . .