Pretoria, 11 July 2023 – Octodec Investments Limited (Octodec), a leading JSE-listed property investment company, is pleased to announce the launch of the renovation project for the Ina Building located in the City of Tshwane. This re-development initiative for a medical centre is a testament to Octodec’s unwavering commitment to meeting community needs and a response to the growing demand for quality medical suites in the area.
Ina Building, situated at the corner of Sisulu and Francis Baard Street, was previously utilised for archiving purposes. Its strategic location next to the Louis Pasteur Medical Centre which is home to the Louis Pasteur Hospital presented a unique opportunity to establish a symbiotic relationship between the two structures through the need for additional medical suites in the existing medical centre and repurposing the vacant Ina Building. The renovation will primarily focus on accommodating doctors and healthcare professionals by introducing medical suites in the adjacent but connected building.
The renovation of the five-storey building will encompass both exterior and interior enhancements, with the ground floor remaining dedicated to retail spaces, while the upper floors will be transformed into modern medical suites comprising reception areas and consultation rooms. Notably, physical links will be established between the Louis Pasteur Medical Centre and the Ina Building on the first and fourth floors, ensuring seamless connectivity and convenience for patients and healthcare professionals alike.
Jeffrey Wapnick, Managing Director of Octodec Investments Limited, stated, “We are thrilled to launch the renovation project for the Ina Building, which evidences our deep-rooted commitment to create thriving communities and address the evolving healthcare needs of the surrounding areas. By collaborating with the Louis Pasteur hospital, we aim to create a hub of medical excellence that fosters a warm and comforting environment for patients.”
Functional upgrades to improve accessibility
The extensive upgrade will encompass several key elements among which will be the creation of reception and waiting areas. To improve the overall appeal of the building, the perimeter public space and facade will undergo a thorough refurbishment, and as part of the renovation, new bridge connections will be constructed to facilitate easy movement between the existing Louis Pasteur hospital and the Ina Building. These bridges will enhance coordination and streamline patient transfers, providing a continuum of care between the two facilities.
Seamless accessibility to upper floors is a crucial aspect of the upgrade. With the installation of new bed and stretcher lifts, patients and medical personnel will have efficient and convenient access to the various floors, ensuring smooth movement throughout the facility. To improve connectivity and convenience, a new covered link bridge will be created, connecting the Louis Pasteur parking garage to the Ina Building’s first floor. This addition will provide a sheltered and efficient pathway for patients and visitors, enhancing their overall experience.
Recognising the importance of creating vibrant and dynamic waiting areas, the redesign will transform these spaces into environments that uplift the ambiance. The new waiting areas will offer a refreshing change.
Octodec remains dedicated to meeting the changing needs of the community while creating spaces that promote healing, comfort, and innovation. The Ina Building renovation is a strategic investment in Octodec’s diverse portfolio and will unlock the provision of exceptional healthcare facilities.