Project: Refurbishment of AnfaPlace Shopping Centre

Location: Casablanca, Morocco

Anfa Place Shopping Centre has been trading since 2013 and was refurbished in 2019. It forms part of a mixed-use complex on the Atlantic coast to the west of Casablanca, close to the city’s affluent residential district of Anfa.

The design takes advantage of the site’s magnificent natural setting – the 90 000 m² scheme extends the city to the shoreline by creating an elegant new waterfront community, with places to live, offices, shops, cafés, leisure facilities and a Four Seasons five-star hotel.

Gateway Real Estate Africa was approached to manage the refurbishment of the shopping centre. The scope of work entailed a holistic approach to the upgrading of the shopping centre within a live trading environment, including but not limited to the reconfiguration of lettable space to improve trading and profitability, improved customer experience as well as to enhance the visibility of key tenants.

The scope entailed the following:

  • upgrading of the parking through improved energy efficient lighting and painting
  • Provision of family/ children/ mobility impaired ablution facilities and increasing the efficiency and upgrading of existing ablutions facilities
  • Upgrading of overall lighting throughout the mall to trigger higher level of engagement among customers
  • Upgrading of internet connectivity to enhance customer experience and dwell time
  • Procurement of food court furniture which will resist high traffic use
  • General upgrade of floor, wall and ceiling finishes and replacement of all sliding doors and fire rated doors

Overall a total of 178 000 hours of construction work were completed over a period of 8 months within a trading environment. On average 120 workers were deployed each evening to minimise the impact on shoppers.

Building name Anfa place Shopping Mall
Property description Retail
Physical address Casablanca, Morocco
GLA 31,934 m²
No. of parking bays 1,179 parking spaces
Date refurbished            January 2019 – September 2019
Anchor tenants               Carrefour