_Victoria Yards, Lorentzville, Johannesburg
Victoria Yards is 30,000 square meters of previously industrial space across the road from the Nando's global headquarters in Lorentzville, a historic area to the east of the Johannesburg CBD.
The buildings and adjacent spaces are being re-purposed into studios, community food gardens and artisan's workshops. There are also plans for indoor climbing walls, dance studios and community centres.
The development aims to empower the surrounding community through the skills development of artisans, and ensuring that the facilities are accessible and inclusive.
The developer is Brian Green of 44 Stanley Avenue fame. Nando's, with its long history of developing and nurturing South African artists, has been very involved in this development.
Victoria Yards is scheduled to open at the end of 2017.