Umoya House, located on Gandhi Square, was one of the 1st buildings that OPH purchased in the late 1990’s. As with the other buildings OPH rehabilitated, Umoya House was in a state of profound decay
Anything remotely considered of value, including all metals and marble, had been stripped from all corners of the building. Blackened stains were evident throughout caused by internal fires made by the occupants to stay warm in the colder months.
Umoya House was transformed from this dilapidated state into an attractive office building with national retailers taking up space on the ground and first floor which include McDonalds, Steers, FNB, Nedbank and MTN in addition to providing affordable, quality office space which is now fully occupied by the ETDP SETA.
Umoya House, among other OPH buildings, have stairs extending from Gandhi Square linking the 1st floor of the building to create 1st floor retail with easy access from street level.
OPH not only fixed the appearance of the building but also moved the entrance, originally on Rissik Street, to Gandhi Square. Not only was this aesthetically pleasing but improved the overall flow of the building.