Gateway Theatre of Shopping
|Gateway Theatre of Shopping|
Exterior view of Gateway.
|Address||1 Palm Boulevard , Umhlanga|
|Town or city||Durban|
|Construction started||3 March 1998|
|Owner||Old Mutual Property|
|Floor area||220,000 square metres or 2.36 million square feet of retail space |
|Design and construction|
|Architecture firm||Johnson Murray Architects (original mall) CHT Architects (various major alterations 2003-2011) Stauch Vorster Architects (Gateway Hotel)|
|Structural engineer||Torbell Stretch|
|Main contractor||Grinaker LTA|
|Architect||Stan Hayman ; Umesh Ramnath|
|Renovating firm||CHT Architects|
|Number of stores||400+|
|Gateway Theatre of Shopping|
Gateway Theatre of Shopping or Gateway is a shopping centre located on Umhlanga Ridge in Umhlanga, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the largest mall in Africa. Gateway Theatre of Shopping is also the largest mall in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the top 50 largest malls in the world. Construction commenced on 3 March 1998 and the mall officially opened in September 2001. Gateway has almost all of South Africa's and most major international retail stores. Gateway sees more than two million visitors coming through its doors per month. The centre was modeled on the Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall centres and was developed by Old Mutual Properties.
The construction and opening of Gateway Theatre of Shopping has also been the driving force for many new developments in the area. Originally a sugar cane plantation, the establishment of Gateway on the site has led to the development of a new town centre and both commercial and residential developments within the region. There is also a hotel attached to the mall called the Gateway Hotel operated by the Three Cities Group.
Gateway has 18 movie theatres, 6 Nouveau Cinemas, two 3D cinemas, a playhouse, more than ninety restaurants, more than 400 stores, an arcade and theme park, indoor fun fair, a 4000 sq. metre skate park designed by Tony Hawk, 3 Flow Riders, a gym, the highest fountain in Africa, a tenpin bowling alley, valet parking, and a science theme park.
Services include parking for almost 12,000 vehicles, a car wash, and a shuttle service. Family rooms are provided for baby feeding and changing nappies, and all cubicles in the family rooms have panic buttons in case of emergency. A fire marshal patrols the centre, and there is an emergency helipad at Gateway. IMAX Theatre , Virgin Active Gym , Wavehouse waterpark , Outdoor Go-Karting , Skatepark , Concert Venue , Hotel and Road Lodge services are available on the premises
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