SETTING THE MARC
ANOTHER BEHEMOTH HAS RISEN TO COMPLEMENT SANDTON’S EVER-DEVELOPING SKYLINE
Sandton, “the richest square mile in Africa”, has seen a number of high-rise developments take shape over the past year, including the plush new Discovery headquarters, but the golden twin towers of the
R3 billion mixed-use The Marc might just be the most impressive of the lot.
Located on the corner of Maude St and Rivonia Rd in the heart of Sandton’s commercial node, the first office tower – which was set to open its doors at the time of writing – consists of 12 floors, providing a total of 35 000m2 of floor space. The second, taller tower consists of 17 floors, providing a total of 27 000m2 of floor space and is set for occupation in 2019.
The development also features a retail centre at its base, comprising restaurants, fashion outlets, general retail, a gym and medical suite. The development boasts 6,5 basement parking floors offering a total of 3 462 parking bays.
Developer Eris Property Group says the construction phases created about 3 000 jobs in conjunction with BEEcompliant partners, with women making up 6% of that number. Some 100 000m3 of concrete was used over the 32 months of construction – enough to fill 40 Olympicsized swimming pools!
Boogertman + Partners, the architecture firm behind the Discovery headquarters, Menlyn Maine and FNB Stadium, was tasked with the design of the project. As one would expect from a founding member of the Green Building Council of SA, the firm’s ensured that both towers have greenstar ratings – independent standards which are awarded for the environmental sustainability of the building’s design, as well as construction and management.
The Marc will be the new home of legal firm ENS Africa, while insurance giant MMI, Pick n Pay and Planet Fitness are other notable tenants. Chef David Higgs, the man behind the live-fire restaurant Marble and a judge on M-Net’s My Kitchen Rules reality series, has identified the development as an ideal venue for his new 230-seater “twisted Italian”-inspired restaurant Saint.