The face of entertainment on the West Rand will change with the R480 million refurbishment of Silverstar.
Shane Collinson, Director of operations and complex GM of Silverstar, says the contractors are setting up on site in preparation for the project and construction has begun. Visitors will notice the changes taking place as the fountain is already drained and filled in.
Designed to take advantage of the location of Silverstar, which is situated at the foothills of Roodekrans Ridge, the development will bring Silverstar into the open air, with leisure and entertainment facilities built around a large village square.
The development will be undertaken as a single-phase project and fast-tracked for completion by August 2014. Once complete, it will be poised to become the entertainment capital of the West Rand, with six cinemas boasting the latest technology 3D screens, a 12-lane bowling alley and four new restaurants surrounding a central square that can also be used for outdoor events.
There will also be an outdoor screen in the central square with two restaurants inside the property, bringing the total number of restaurants to six. A beer garden, laser games, a refurbished casino and a large outdoor domed events arena as well as an upmarket indoor multipurpose events venue and additional parking will feature in the development.
The Soulstice Spa, Silverstar Hotel, Steak restaurant, Ciao Baby Cucina, Centre Star Buffet and Black Cherry coffee shop will remain open throughout construction, with little or no impact on their operations. The crèche will be relocated to the current conference area and The Magic Company, although undergoing an expansion and refurbishment, will remain operational.
Marcel von Aulock, group CEO of Tsogo Sun, says that Tsogo Sun prides itself on pushing the envelope, reinventing itself and creating great experiences. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to bring a true family entertainment destination to the West Rand and to enhance the guest experience at Silverstar significantly.”
Collinson says that it’s business as usual at Silverstar in the meantime. There is still ample parking and their primary operations are unaffected by the construction. Guests can come and enjoy the hotel, spa, casino and eat out. Collinson says his team are pulling out all the stops to ensure Silverstar remains a great entertainment option throughout the construction period, with excellent food and drink options available.