Durban Umhlanga Ridge centre is on the first floor of the Liberty Life Building, constructed as the corporate HQ of a large insurance company. The huge ultra modern, rectangular white building is Triple AAA rated and makes extensive use of structural glass to give first-rate views. It has a distinctive stepped roofline, ensuring that it is instantly recognisable across the district. Umhlanga Ridge is a vast new development about 20 minutes drive from Durban's central business district, and the construction sector is booming as long-term plans for commercial, hotel and leisure developments come on-stream. Large insurance, financial service and telecomms businesses have already relocated to the area. Durban is the gateway to South Africa, and a major port. There are rich opportunities for companies operating in environmental sciences as Durban's Industry Climate Change Partnership Project engages business with the opportunities associated with combating climate change.