The Amdec Group was founded in Cape Town in 1989 by father and son John and James Wilson. They shared a vision of a better way of living, working, interacting and relaxing, and believed that property provided the key to connecting people and creating environments where thriving communities could form and flourish.
John brought his civil engineering background and a wealth of property development expertise, and James, a chartered accountant, provided strategic thinking and leadership. Their entrepreneurial spirit has driven exponential growth, built a prestigious portfolio of property assets, and a company profile that includes diverse real estate entities throughout South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
The Amdec Group’s earliest projects comprised residential renovations and refurbishments in Cape Town’s south peninsula. As these grew in scale, the company was able to take on bigger and more complex new builds, including apartment complexes, gated residential communities, commercial office developments, and mixed-use precincts. Notable early residential developments included Fisherman’s Village in Muizenberg, The Paddocks in Constantia, Normandy Village in Plumstead and The Summit in Higgovale, and luxury Golf lodges at Arabella Country Estate in Hermanus and Pearl Valley in the Cape Winelands.
Early commercial developments included Virgin Active, Westlake Lifestyle Centre and Steenberg Office Park in Tokai, and the Tyger Lake mixed-use precinct, in Tyger Valley. Securing a 50% share of the iconic Melrose Arch mixed-use precinct in Johannesburg in 2005 added a flagship property to the portfolio and allowed the Amdec Group to hone its expertise as a leading developer of new urban lifestyles. These learnings were successfully applied to the development of the Amdec Group’s first inclusionary housing project being 120 End Street in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, in 2007.
Responding confidently to the global credit crunch of 2008-2009, the Amdec Group chose to diversify its assets and expand nationally. This period saw the introduction of Evergreen Lifestyle, which would go on to become South Africa’s premier retirement brand. In addition, the purchase of land in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape cemented the Amdec Groups national footprint.
Amdec Group Property Developments:
Harbour Arch provides a prime opportunity to invest in the Cape Town CBD’s first large-scale, inner-city, mixed-use precinct. Like Melrose Arch, this precinct will encapsulate the principles of new urban living, and present an opportunity for people to live, work, play, relax, and stay in a safe, convenient, enjoyable and sustainable community-focused environment. Enjoying fantastic proximity to the city and its surrounds, Harbour Arch’s six towers will be located alongside landscaped public spaces bustling with shops, restaurants, cocktail bars, international hotels, offices, health clubs and the largest selection of residential apartments in the CBD.
Carefully laid out, planned and developed, Port Elizabeth’s brand-new Westbrook suburb provides a tranquil lifestyle in a greenbelt of parklands and children’s play areas, connected by pedestrian pathways and bicycle lanes. Established on gently undulating slopes, Westbrook’s nine beautiful residential security estates offer you secure family living in affordable designer homes, top-class schooling and even the nation’s foremost retirement lifestyle brand.
Perfectly positioned in the heart of Melrose Arch Precinct, One on Whiteley is the latest residential development in South Africa’s most exclusive mixed-use precinct. One on Whiteley’s superior address ensures that discerning residents enjoy all the premium features this iconic mixed-use precinct has to offer. From vibrant urban design and cosmopolitan culture to chic shopping, gourmet dining and much more, you’ll find it all at a One on Whiteley apartment in Melrose Arch. Developed by the Amdec Group, One on Whiteley offers unparalleled urban living ideal for working professionals, first-time buyers, corporate long-stay tenants and property investors. Demand for residential property in Melrose Arch is at a premium, and One on Whiteley affords investors an exciting opportunity to benefit from excellent rental yields and capital growth in this sought-after location.
Evergreen began with a vision to change the retirement landscape in South Africa by providing beautiful, world-class accommodation, facilities and services to all residents. Evergreen Lifestyle retirement villages are situated in South Africa’s most beautiful suburbs. Some villages are surrounded by natural wetlands, others are located in quiet cul-de-sacs overlooking majestic mountains. What they all have in common are spaces that offer their residents privacy, security, peace, as well as a great quality of life along with easy access to amenities and various community-centred exercise, sporting and social activities. We feel that retirement villages should be a place where lifestyle meets secure living in an environment that combines residential, recreational and quality healthcare facilities so that you can truly enjoy the best years of your life.