Citiq is a property company with an interesting and different view on residential accommodation including student housing which is in short supply in South Africa, with developments such as an apartment block in Windsor constructed from old shipping containers and a student accommodation development in and on top of refurbished grain silos in Newtown, Johannesburg completed in time for the 2014 intake. The residential block in Windsor was a great success – within a week of the building coming onto the market, all the apartments were let and there is a long waiting list.
Citiq’s view is that residential developments involving urban sprawl on the periphery of the city results in the occupants becoming increasingly marginalized; the company seeks to provide better answers by reuse of “brownfield” land and buildings in prime locations in the City.
Mill Junction is a thoroughly sustainable student accommodation development reusing old disused flour silos, providing 375 apartments plus study facilities, libraries, lounges and computer rooms. Old shipping containers were stacked on top of the 11-storey silos to provide additional space and a colourful, if unusual, additional to the city’s skyline.