Annually, in recognition of the importance of property development to the South African economy and the community which it serves, SAPOA honours those property innovators, developers, owners and built environment professionals who, through the quality of their products, have contributed significantly to the enhancement of the industry (Sapoaawards.co.za).
“The panel of expert judges had their work cut out for them with the exceptional scope and quality of the submissions. Economic viability, the meeting of both investor and user needs, as well as architectural appeal and functionality were all considered,” explains Pieter Engelbrecht, Chairman: SAPOA Awards Committee (SAPOA Awards booklet).
This year, Aurecon is proud to have been part of the project teams of no less than four award-winning projects:
The 1 3248 m2 Ellerines Furnishers Distribution Centre in Port Elizabeth, developed by Growthpoint Properties, triumphed in the ‘Industrial Developments’ category. The intent of the project was to create a centralised distribution warehouse for goods distribution in the greater Eastern Cape region. Aurecon provided principal agent, civil and structural engineering services as well gave Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) input for this high tech facility.
Lakeside Office Park Block 3, located opposite the Gautrain Station in Centurion, won the SAPOA 2013 ‘Overall Green Award’. The major refurbishment of the building was undertaken by Growthpoint Properties in collaboration with AMA Architects. Aurecon acted as the Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) consultant. The building, which achieved a 4 Star Green Star SA Office v1 rating, embodies environmental preservation through the re-use of an existing structure. It also incorporates various sustainable features, amongst which energy efficient air conditioning and lighting, heat pumps, water saving fixtures, a recycling waste storage facility, etc.
In order to cater for demand and to increase their output of engineering graduates, the University of Pretoria expressed the need for various new engineering facilities on their main campus. The Engineering III building and the new 550 m2 foyer at the Aula theatre was subsequently developed and forms part of new, quality facilities which will cater for more under- and postgraduate engineering students. This project took pole position in the ‘Mixed-use’ category with Aurecon providing structural, civil and wet engineering services for the full project.
One of 11 Presidential Legacy Projects, Freedom Park was launched in 2000 as a response to a need identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for symbolic reparation of past conflicts in the history of South Africa. Located on a 52-hectare site on Salvokop in Pretoria, the park has become a place where South African citizens and international tourists alike have found a space to reflect on the past and celebrate a beacon for the future.
Aurecon’s involvement at Freedom Park started from Phase 1 which was completed in March 2004. A joint venture between Aurecon and BEE partner Leslie Madinga Associates (LMA) saw the companies awarded the tender for the design of all structural engineering services for all subsequent phases. Recently completed Phase II achieved top honours in the ‘Heritage Development’ category.
“We are extremely proud to have been involved in these four stellar projects and privileged to be able to partner with leading property developers and project teams. It is extremely gratifying that our innovative solutions for our clients have been honoured at the highest level with the achievement of these awards,” comments Ermis Marques Aurecon’s Industry Leader, Property.
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