Cen­tury City a green growth point

Mur­ray & Roberts on site ready to get started on Bridge Park de­vel­op­ment

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY - SATUR­DAY

J OI NT ve n t u r e p a r t n e r s Growth­point Prop­er­ties and the Ra­bie Prop­erty Group have handed over the Bridge­ways site at Cen­tury City to Mur­ray & Roberts Western Cape, on which the con­struc­tion com­pany is to build the R450 mil­lion Bridge Park de­vel­op­ment.

The de­vel­op­ment will con­sist of two “green” of­fice blocks on a shared base­ment and podium with a to­tal rentable area of more than 18 000m2.

Con­struc­tion of the first block, Bridge Park East, will start in Jan­uary and com­ple­tion is ex­pected in April 2015. The tim­ing of the sec­ond block, Bridge Park West, will be de­ter­mined by mar­ket de­mand but will more than likely take place within the con­tract pe­riod due to the high de­mand for com­mer­cial of­fice space in Cen­tury City.

Bulk earth­works are be­ing un­der­taken by Neil Zaaiman. This work got un­der way this week and is sched­uled for com­ple­tion early next year.

The project has been reg­is­tered with the Green Build­ing Coun­cil of South Africa and the de­vel­op­ers are striv­ing for a five-star green star rat­ing in the de­sign and built cat­e­gories.

Project man­ager Ray­nard Haupt says Bridge Park was be­ing de­vel­oped as part of “an all-green precinct” at Cen­tury City which will also in­clude The Busi­ness Cen­tre, Phillip Mor­ris and Chevron.

“Bridge Park will be built in phases and is ide­ally suited for cor­po­rates that want of­fice space of be­tween 1 590m2 and 18 000m2. The part­ner­ship with Growth­point, South Africa’s largest listed prop­erty fund, is a strate­gic ven­ture as it will pro­vide f uture ex­pan­sion op­tions f or Growth­point’s ex­ten­sive ten­ant data­base.”

The pro­fes­sional team on the project, the sec­ond largest to be un­der­taken at Cen­tury City by the Ra­bie Prop­erty Group, i ncludes Aure­con, which will be re­spon­si­ble for me­chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, plumb­ing, fire, struc­tural and civil engineering. Aure­con is also based at Cen­tury City in the coun­try’s first five-star Green Star rated build­ing.

Other mem­bers of the team in­clude dhk Ar­chi­tects, Aecom as quan­tity sur­vey­ors, LH Con­sult­ing as façade engi­neers, David Heil­lig & Abra­hamse as land sur­vey­ors, Plan­ning Part­ners as land­scape ar­chi­tects, and green star con­sul­tancy Paul Carew Con­sult­ing.

HAN­DOVER: Ra­bie Project man­ager Ray­nard Haupt, Ra­bie group di­rec­tor Colin An­der­son, Mur­ray & Roberts Western Cape man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dave Heron, Mur­ray & Roberts com­mer­cial di­rec­tor Richard Mann & Mur­ray & Roberts con­tracts man­ager Granvil Ja­cobs.

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