Sasol’s swanky new home
HEAVY METAL The rivalry in the Sandton central business district to see who can build the biggest and most swanky corporate building escalated this week when Sasol unveiled its new R2 billion head office to the media. Sasol’s new building has 11 floors above ground and seven parking levels below ground that extend down 17m. The 47m-high office building has 67 000 square metres of rentable floor space and 100 000 square metres of basement parking that allows for 3 000 cars. Fay Hoosain, the Sasol executive responsible for the project, said that only about 1 100 of the bays were being used at present, as many people didn’t bring their cars to work and used other means of transportation. About 2 500 Sasol staff members, as well as 300 contractors and about 500 visitors were expected to use the building on an average working day. Hoosain said that Aveng Grinaker-LTA constructed the building from April 2013 and completed it in October this year. During the construction phase, about 2 500 people were employed, she said. In May 2012, Sasol decided to consolidate its 17 Johannesburg-based corporate offices into one building. With so many additional vehicles converging on Sandton, wouldn’t that increase the area’s already notorious traffic congestion? Adam Sargent, CEO of Betapoint, said that Sasol’s staff had raised this issue in consultations regarding the project, but overall, the view was that the traffic situation in Sandton was a ‘fairly neutral change’ compared with Sasol’s old headquarters in Rosebank and the location of the other 16 buildings where Sasol’s staff was previously housed. The building has a restaurant, fitness centre and an art gallery, and boasts a five-star Green Star rating.