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Aurecon helps bring Growthpoint’s winning vision to life

Growthpoint Properties - 2016 CESA Aon Visionary Client of the Year Awardee

Growthpoint Properties - 2016 CESA Aon Visionary Client of the Year Awardee

02 September 2016 - Aurecon, the global engineering and infrastructure advisory company, extends its congratulations to Growthpoint Properties Limited on being presented with the 2016 CESA Aon Visionary Client of the Year Award in the Private Sector category.

Immensely successful in its visionary ambitions to be the market leader in implementing ‘best practices’ for sustainable operational efficiency and ‘green’ features in its properties, Growthpoint is the largest property owner in South Africa and a major developer. Relatively unique as a developer, the group takes a long-term view and retains ownership of its properties. A Founding Member of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), Growthpoint owns or co-owns the largest portfolio, more than 20 to date, of Green Star SA certified buildings in the country.

Aurecon is privileged to have partnered with Growthpoint on many of its award-winning green building projects, recognised for advancing excellence in green engineering and promoting sustainable economic growth. Illustrating this collaboration, Aurecon is providing ESD services for the massive 86 000 m² first phase of one of South Africa’s largest financial services and medical aid providers, Discovery, at their new head office in Sandton. Being developed by Growthpoint in joint venture with Zenprop Property Holdings, the property is designed to achieve a 5-Star Green Star rating and extend the boundaries of an energy efficient, environment- and occupant-friendly building.

Growthpoint’s vision goes beyond providing IEQ (Internal Environmental Quality) for the occupants of its buildings to the integration of a building into a healthier, more desirable surrounding precinct. “It is the spaces between the buildings, and how the buildings connect to these spaces that make the precinct,” says Martin Smith, Aurecon Technical Director – Buildings.

Recognising that it is the spaces between buildings that determine the liveability and value of a community, the Discovery building will feature a publicly accessible ground floor spilling out into a landscaped podium. The developers will extend this as a ‘precinct connector’ to other developments in the area through innovative pedestrian links.

Reflecting Aurecon’s strength at bringing visionary ideas to life, some of the award-winning Growthpoint projects Aurecon has contributed to include Mayfair on the Lake at Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, which achieved 4-Star Green Star Design and As-Built ratings; Lakeside Office Block 3 in Centurion, Tshwane, winner of the SAPOA (South African Properties Owners Association) Overall Green Building award in 2013 and awarded a 4-Star Green Star SA Office v1 Design rating; Kirstenhof Office Park in Paulshof, Sandton, that was both the first 5-Star Existing Building Performance Pilot rating and the 100th certified building in South Africa; and the Grundfos Head Office in Germiston, the winning project of SAPOA Industrial Development and the CESA Aon Engineering Excellent awards in 2014, as well as achieving a 5-Star Green Star SA Office v1 Design rating.

“We are proud to count Growthpoint Properties among our long-standing clients. The group has actively pursued a vision for green building and sustainable development in the urban environment,” says Ferdi Nell, Aurecon Managing Director – Africa

“The CESA Aon Award is a fitting tribute to Growthpoint’s dedicated leadership role in the property industry, which has had a major influence on the rapid growth of green building in South Africa.”

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