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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.

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