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  • Pretoria prepares for the first ever Cyclethon at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

    For the first time since its inception, the ever-popular Cyclethon that raise funds for both Smile Foundation and HospiceWits, will take place in Pretoria this May, with members of Planet Fitness and other corporate Companies putting their weight behind the cause and award-winning actor, theatre producer, singer and voice over artist, Harry Sideropoulos, taking up the reins as MC.

    For the first time since its inception, the ever-popular Cyclethon that raise funds for both Smile Foundation and HospiceWits, will take place in Pretoria this May, with members of Planet Fitness and other corporate Companies putting their weight behind the cause and award-winning actor, theatre producer, singer and voice over artist, Harry Sideropoulos, taking up the reins as MC.

    The Cyclethon is being made possible by the generous sponsorships of Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, which is hosting the event, and Planet Fitness providing 75 spinning bikes and spinning instructors.

    Fitness fanatics; spinning enthusiasts; moms, dads and kids; and everyone looking for a fun-filled morning out are invited to join our local celebs on the bikes as they help to raise much-needed funds for the Smile Foundation and HospiceWits. The spinning sessions will be 50-minutes long, with a 10-minute break in between.

    Olive Ndebele, General Manager of Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, says the centre is delighted to host the capital’s first-ever Cyclethon. “As a hub of our local community, we’re committed to supporting corporate social investment initiatives that uplift those less fortunate, and make a real difference in their lives. Both HospiceWits and Smile Foundation does exceptional work in this regard. The Smile Foundation assists children from across the country – including Pretoria and the surrounds – with vital facial and all types of burns surgeries. We would like to call on all Menlyn Park shoppers to support this wonderful initiative,” says Ndebele.

    Planet Fitness has supported the Cyclethon since 1996, and is proud to once again actively assist in the hosting of this event in 2017. “Planet Fitness is honoured to support the Cyclethon at Menlyn Park and giving back to both charities. It’s a great morning out to raise funds for kids in need while getting fit and having fun! This is a big year for both the Cyclethon and Planet Fitness, as the event’s debut in the capital coincides the opening of our Menlyn club as well as our growth in Pretoria throughout the year. We urge all Pretoria residents to come cycle, to have some fun with us and to support this very worthy cause,” says Manny Rivera, CEO of Planet Fitness.

    Hedley Lewis, the Smile Foundation's Finance and Fundraising Executive Director, says the foundation is grateful for the ongoing support of its generous sponsors, and the opportunity to once again work with the public in raising these vital funds in such a fun and entertaining way.

    Joy Ruwodo, the Marketing & Fundraising Manager for HospiceWits, expressed gratitude for the support of individuals and communities in fundraising initiatives such as these. With the decline in Corporate Social Investment observed over the last few years, the support of individuals and communities enables HospiceWits to continue providing the highest quality care and support to the hopeful families that reach out to them at a very difficult time in their lives. We are honoured to again work with the Smile Foundation in an effort to raise funds for two very worthy causes.

    The funds raised for the Smile Foundation will be used to facilitate surgeries for children with facial anomalies, and the funds raised for HospiceWits will go towards the care of patients living with life-threating conditions.

    The Cyclethon takes place on Saturday, 20 May from 8am until 1pm at Central Park Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.

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  • Developing A World-Class Retail Look

    New Menlyn Park Shopping Centre sets a high standard.

    Pretoria, 20 February 2017 – Menlyn Park Shopping Centre’s R2,5-billion, two-year phased refurbishment has positioned the mall as the dominant super-regional shopping centre in Tshwane. BILD Architects and Terra Ether Architects partnered to shape the look of what has become one of South Africa’s world-class retail destinations, says Eddie Pretorius, director of BILD Architects, that is considerably more than skin deep. “One of the biggest challenges in the redevelopment was seamlessly integrating the old section of the mall with the new, as the proportions were quite different,” he explains.

    Olive Ndebele, general manager of Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, says that delivering an all-inclusive shopping experience at Menlyn Park was the end goal of the redevelopment.

    For the revamp, a new concept was developed to create new spaces and extensions with a fresh, classic look. “The look and feel needed to be both more current and timeless, to give the centre an extended lease of life,” says Pretorius. One such innovation was the installation of skylights wherever possible, ensuring plenty of natural light and neutral tones to help achieve a natural integration from the old and the new.

    The new design centred on three major features: the outside piazza Central Park, the refurbished indoor food court, and the dining node at the new entrance.

    Central Park has become a hub of activity, with ongoing events designed to keep the whole family engaged and entertained throughout the year. Flanked by popular restaurants and picturesque trees, the piazza is the perfect place to enjoy a beautiful evening at Menlyn Park. The revamped indoor food court is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat before enjoying some great retail therapy in the nearby fashion wing. The Hard Rock Cafe with its famous guitar and legendary burgers takes centre stage at the new entrance.

    The centre remained open and trading throughout the renovations, allowing for construction works between 10pm to 7am; to preserve a sense of normality to the much-loved shopping scene. A rare and innovative feature, was the retail village, constructed to temporarily house many outlets while their new stores were being built.

    To shield the worst of the demolition chaos from shoppers, a giant origami artwork was installed as a temporary hoarding. “We created this intricate wall inspired by Pretoria’s world-renowned jacaranda trees to serve as a decoration during our retail expansion,” says Ndebele.

    A major achievement was a 4-star Green Star Retail Design rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the substantial efforts to develop the first building phase of the redevelopment along environmentally friendly design and construction principles.

    Pretorius points out that BILD Architects were also involved in the redevelopment of the centre that took place in 2000. “This provided an advantage in anticipating the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead,” he says. And that project raised the bar, achieving a merited industry award for “Renovation or Expansion of an existing Project”, by the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC)

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