Prop­erty com­pany scoops pres­ti­gious awards

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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.

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