Sometimes when you work on something that seems difficult to pull off, given how monumental in scale it is, you don't realise how it is setting you up for something far more rewarding. It's even more surprising when that thing you are being set up for takes place in one of the most unusual places possible. For television cameraman and war journalist Brian Green, Victoria Yards in Lorentzville, Johannesburg, is that thing. Green, who developed 44 Stanley Avenue near Milpark between 2003 and 2010 with his business partner, Sedgeley Developments' Mark Batchelor, was approached in 2016 by property investor and one of Redefine Properties' former CEOs, Brian Azizollahoff, who owned a commercial building next to him on Stanley Avenue. The one Brian was impressed with the other's ability to manage brownfields projects, and by the end of 2016, Green was redeveloping a 30000m2 site in the largely forgotten suburb of Lorentzville into a space housing impressive art studios, a gin distillery, a...

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