Members of the UKZN Durban Alumni Association were treated to a most interesting and informative presentation and tour of the iconic Lion Match factory in Durban on 20 April 2017.  The site received an extensive makeover and now boasts a mix of old and new brickwork. The factory, which sits alongside Kings Park Stadium and is near the Moses Mabhida Stadium, is considered to be one of the city’s memorable architectural landmarks following a two-year process of rejuvenation.

JT Ross, a property development and construction group, bought the 90-year-old site more than a decade ago when Lion Match moved its manufacturing operations to Gauteng.

In 2013, JT Ross announced its intention of rejuvenating the former match factory and converting it into an office park. The refurbishment created 24 000 m² of office space and included nice-to-haves 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 its overhaul of the well-known Lion Match factory at the 2016 South African Property Owners’ Association awards in Gauteng. It is of interest to note that the architect responsible for the development is fellow UKZN alumnus: Dean Jay.

The presentation and tour – followed by a very enjoyable tea in The Boiler Room hosted by JT Ross – provided an excellent opportunity to hear about the project and to have a tour of the premises.

Photos were taken by and provided courtesy of UKZN alumnus – Stavros Anthias.

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