Century City a green growth point
Murray & Roberts on site ready to get started on Bridge Park development
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.