Refined Life on the Ridge

One of KZN’s most anticipated developments, The Refinery, launched to media today. The Refinery, set atop a magnificent hill in Umhlanga Rocks, has astounding sea views and a panoramic glimpse of Umhlanga; it is already attracting attention from all around the province.

For decades Tongaat Hulett have created significant property value around Umhlanga with catalytic developments such as Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Mount Edgecombe Golf Estate and Izinga Ridge. The age old saying, ‘save the best for last’ rings especially true with the introduction of The Refinery – the first residential development in Umhlanga’s Ridgeside.

Overlooking the picturesque northern KwaZulu Natal coastline, the vision for Ridgeside was to create a unique mixture of retail, commercial and residential opportunities on one of the most exclusive pieces of sea-facing properties nationally. The realisation of The Refinery undoubtedly brings this vision to life.

“Named for the elevated, sophisticated lifestyle it offers, The Refinery connects the enticing urban surrounds with the abundant natural beauty, epitomising the height of fine living,” explains Chris Tyson, CEO of Tyson Properties, the appointed selling entity for The Refinery.

Considered one of South Africa’s fastest growing urban development nodes, Ridgeside comprises 140 hectares of combined residential, office estate, mixed-use and managed open spaces; and already houses many of South Africa’s leading business brands. Fundamentally, it offers an upmarket, integrated, people-centred environment where residents will have the ability to live, work and play.

“Most significantly, Ridgeside has pole position for accessibility, sea views and even a forest conservancy. It cohesively combines tranquility amidst the urban buzz and will ultimately pave the way for contemporary living in Umhlanga,” confirms Tyson.


The Refinery, as the first residential development within Ridgeside, will offer spacious and modern apartments to discerning buyers from both primary and secondary residential markets. Featuring studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, as well as 4 bedroom penthouses, The Refinery will consist of approximately 180 apartments uniquely crafted to offer the ultimate in fine living. The added benefit is that this is in a secure, gated estate.

The prescribed urban design of Ridgeside development has been conceptualised to capitalise on the commanding views of the ocean and the skyline to the north and south. The orientation of The Refinery will maximise natural light and prevailing ocean breezes while incorporating sea views, coastal forest and an abundance of open space that frames the development. The lush parks, tree-lined boulevards, beautiful piazzas and network of walking and cycling trails throughout the Ridgeside precinct make the area’s relaxed, outdoor lifestyle possible.

Ridgeside Piazza (3)

Lawrence Kirkman, Development Executive for Tongaat Hulett Developments, explains, “Ridgeside is being developed using revolutionary design and architectural beauty, functionality and elegance.  The concept of mixed-use business and residential buildings will encompass Ridgeside, with an attractive mix of contemporary but timeless architectural styles. The model blends high-tech with natural materials to create this unique aesthetic”.

He continues, “Another key differentiator will be the inspirational way in which buildings, parks and piazzas are terraced to accommodate the topography of the land.”

Situated within a nexus of upmarket developments, The Refinery is within walking distance to the expansive Gateway Theatre of Shopping, and only a short drive to La Lucia Ridge Office Estate and uMhlanga Village – bustling with trendy beach facilities, pavement cafes, open-air pubs, renowned restaurants and international hotels. It is this ease of access, as well as the lifestyle facilities incorporated into Ridgeside, that will elevate this area to that of the provinces ‘status address’.

Ridgeside 1 (1)

Gary Hackner, Director of HackProp, the developers of The Refinery, ends “KwaZulu Natal has an overwhelming demand for secure estates that holistically emphasise lifestyle. For this reason we are confident that a residential development on Ridgeside will be a success.

“As a group with an admired history in the property market, we have been looking for the best opportunity to enter the KZN market, and are confident that this is it. Our research has proved that the Ridgeside precinct appeals to the market because of the lifestyle it presents. Residents of The Refinery will enjoy the benefit of being on the urban edge, close to businesses, retail and recreational facilities. All this while enjoying magnificent sea views immersed in tranquil surrounds”.

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