Dis­cov­ery will have new of­fice in W Cape

The Star Late Edition - - COMPANIES - Joseph Booy­sen

CON­STRUC­TION is un­der way on Dis­cov­ery’s new R460 mil­lion re­gional of­fice at Cen­tury City, set to pro­vide em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for up to 300 peo­ple.

The new devel­op­ment com­pris­ing of 16 300m² of pre­mium grade of­fices will in­clude new re­gional of­fices for Dis­cov­ery, be­ing de­vel­oped by the Ra­bie Prop­erty Group, be­ing built on a prime gate­way site at Cen­tury City.

The devel­op­ment, Sable Park, will com­prise two four­storey build­ings of 8 000m² and 8 300m² re­spec­tively, each with two lev­els of un­der­ground park­ing. High vis­i­bil­ity De­signed in a con­tem­po­rary mod­ern ver­nac­u­lar by dhk Ar­chi­tects, the build­ing will front on to Sable Road pro­vid­ing high vis­i­bil­ity and of­fer­ing panoramic views of Ta­ble Moun­tain and Ta­ble Bay.

Dis­cov­ery’s Cape Town staff, who will be re­lo­cat­ing from else­where at Cen­tury City, be­cause of their ex­ist­ing lease ex­pir­ing, will be oc­cu­py­ing the larger of the two build­ings.

Ra­bie di­rec­tor, Colin An­der­son, said the sec­ond build­ing, ideal for a larger user, is be­ing de­signed to be flex­i­ble and could be sub-di­vided to ac­com­mo­date smaller users, if needed.

David Pierre-Eugene, head of group fa­cil­i­ties at Dis­cov­ery said: “With our ex­ist­ing leas­ing com­mit­ments com­ing up for re­newal, we were on the look-out for new premises whereby we could be con­sol­i­dated into one build­ing and have op­tions for fu­ture growth.

“As part of our assess­ment for new premises, we sur­veyed other de­vel­op­ments out­side of Cen­tury City and found that from a lo­ca­tion, con­ve­nience and ameni­ties point of view, Cen­tury City was still the best lo­ca­tion to meet our re­quire­ments.”

Mag­gie Row­ley, Ra­bie mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, said con­struc­tion is sched­uled for com­ple­tion by June next year and the devel­op­ment cre­ates an av­er­age of more than 120 jobs a month, peak­ing at more than 300.

‘Cen­tury City was still the best lo­ca­tion to meet our re­quire­ments.’

Sable Park is sit­u­ated in the all-green Bridge­ways precinct, which has be­come the new com­mer­cial and hos­pi­tal­ity hub of Cen­tury City and is home to a num­ber of other blue chip com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing the new Absa re­gional of­fices, Chevron, Philip Mor­ris, the Busi­ness Cen­tre, Thom­son Reuters, Master­card, Derivco, North­fund, Glad Africa and the Ra­bie Prop­erty Group among oth­ers.

Also lo­cated in the precinct is the mixed-use Cen­tury City Square, which com­prises the Cen­tury City Con­fer­ence Cen­tre and Ho­tel, 15 000m² of of­fices, 51 apart­ments and five restau­rants, pubs and cof­fee shops sur­round­ing a pub­lic square and served by 1 330 park­ing bays in a su­per base­ment.

Cen­tury City Square devel­op­ment was re­cently awarded a 4-Star Green Star, Cus­tom Mixed Use De­sign rat­ing by the Green Build­ing Coun­cil of South Africa.

Five other of­fice build­ings in the precinct have also re­ceived Green Star rat­ing and Sable Park is also be­ing de­signed as a green devel­op­ment.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Cen­tury City devel­op­ment. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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