Factors influencing the decision
For the last 35 years, Cabana Beach has used the Lagoon Drive entrance on the southern side of the property and exited on the northern side.
The entrance way has always been a registered servitude. With the development of The Pearls of Umhlanga shopping centre, this servitude will be utilised for deliveries, refuse removal and staff access. The change in traffic flow of Lagoon Drive positively influences the new design.
After evaluating the traffic implications, guest convenience and security, the planning committee agreed to relocate the entrance to the northern side of the property.
The widening of the bottom driveway included the relaying of water and electricity utilities and the erection of a 15 x 50m loffelstein wall. Existing driving paving was matched. New storm water drains were laid. All renovations withstood the recent major storms.
The new entrance will boast an impressive gatehouse maintaining the architectural style of the resort. The bottom driveway will include a roundabout and additional parking bays. A new fence will secure the current entrance and servitude for staff, delivery vehicles and emergency services.
Benefits, costs and implementation
The Board of Directors is confident that the driveway upgrade at Cabana Beach adds to the aesthetics of the resort while improving functionality and security.
The project investment is 4 million rand to which The Pearls of Umhlanga development has contributed a sizable amount.
The project should be completed by the end of November 2016.