The building was originally built in 1951 by Gerald Barber (†) , then sold to Umhlanga Drive Investments cc formulated in 1958.
The upper floor of the building was always a flatlet and a large 3 bedroomed home to Gerald and his family.
Many established families in the area knew Gerald well as the owner and instructor of the Durban North Driving School, having often taught 3 generations of family members to drive.
The current Dogs on the Rocks grooming salon located at the back of the property has evolved from what used to be, for many years, a squash court (Durban North Squash Court) and then a dance studio.
In the 90’s, Gerald and his family moved to Westville, converting the building into shops and offices, which he then let.
Gerald passed away in 1997, after which the building was run by his widow, Stella Barber until she passed away in 2018. The building remains a commercial property managed by his family. The close corporation established to govern the building is named Umhlanga Drive Investments cc, most commonly known as UDI. We know the building as the UDI centre.
There are currently 3 shops on the ground floor, 4 shops off the upper balcony (accessible via the stairs on the left hand side of the building) and 1 shop at the back of the building, the latter being accessible up the ramp on the right hand side of the building.
Parking is available only at the front of the building or across the road.
We are mostly fully tenanted and shops becoming empty are let very quickly. It is advisable to watch the “Shops to Let” page for info on any space that becomes available to let.
Maryann Barber, is the current administrator of UDI and can be reached via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephonically on 076 899 1497.
We are currently fully tenanted at this time.
If you are interested in a shop, please send a mail with your contact details to Maryann on email@example.com with a request to place your business on our waiting list.
We will let you know as soon as a space becomes available.