Property company scoops prestigious awards
THE Johannesburg Property Company (JPC), managers of the City of Joburg property portfolio, have been instrumental in the conceptual design of the new council chamber, which was inspired by the seTswana word lekgotla, an outdoor meeting space which is circular in form. Three awards later proves that this isn’t just a building, but an iconic work of art.
Last year, the council chamber was awarded the 5 Star Green Award, which recognises excellence in South Africa for environmental leadership. And this was just the beginning of the awards. This was a unique award in the area of public service and education developments.
The JPC has also been awarded the public services development award by the Africa & Arabia Property Awards, which are the largest, most prestigious and most widely recognised programmes throughout the regions.
The JPC will be honoured at the Africa & Arabia Property Awards at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai on September 7 for this project.
They will compete against the best property professionals across the Asia Pacific region to be recognised in the public services development category.
The International Property Awards, in its 26th year, are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe and celebrates the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property. An International Property Award is a mark of excellence.
The Africa & Arabia Property Awards are judged by an independent panel of 70 industry experts. Judging focuses on design, quality, service, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability.
The judging panel is chaired by Lord Caithness, Lord Best, the Earl of Liverpool and Lord Thurso, members of the British House of Lords.
There were 14 entries in total for Africa & Arabia for the public services development award, split over 10 countries/emirates, and the Joburg council chamber made it to the top.
The JPC has been further honoured when it was shortlisted in the other developments category for the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) Innovative Excellence in Property Development Awards because of the very nature of the building and its purpose. It was no surprise that at the Sapoa convention, exhibition and awards ceremony held in Cape Town on June 22, they received the prestigious award in this category.
They were up against some strong competition, including the Destiny Conference Centre in Kempton Park, the Isivivana Centre in Cape Town, the Menlyn Learning Hub in Pretoria and the Waterfall Public Transport Facility in Midrand.
June was truly a momentous month for the JPC to be awarded so many prizes, both nationally and internationally.
Council chamber is not just a building – it’s a work of art
MONUMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT: The stunning new council chamber in Braamfontein.