Attacq Limited took home two prestigious awards at this year’s South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Awards for Innovative Excellence at the 52nd SAPOA Convention in Durban. Attacq won the award for Best Corporate Office Development for the iconic R1.7 billion PwC Tower at Waterfall City and the Best Industrial Development award for the BMW Regional Distribution Centre at the nearby Waterfall Logistics Hub.
The JSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) is the master-planner and development company driving the multi-billion rand Waterfall City mega development and Waterfall Logistics Hub in Gauteng.
“The 26-storey PwC Tower is a symbol of excellence in the flagship Waterfall City development, and we are immensely proud of what has been achieved with this development. We are thrilled that it has been recognised by a leading organisation like SAPOA for its excellence,” Attacq’s newly appointed CEO, Melt Hamman, said yesterday.
Located between Midrand and Woodmead, off the Allandale interchange on the N1 highway, the PwC Tower comprises 45,223m² of offices is designed to house approximately 3 500 PwC employees in an efficient and modern workplace. Atterbury Property Developments developed the officer tower for Attacq, which owns the building. The tower was designed by LYT Architects and is the headquarters of auditing and professional services giants, PwC.
PwC Chief Operating Officer, Fulvio Tonelli, commented: “As a multi-national company that prides itself in meeting international quality standards, we are proud to call this iconic building home.
BMW’s new ultra-modern Regional Distribution Centre, which was designed by Espaces Architects, was opened in April at Waterfall Logistics Hub The German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer’s new facility comprises a 32,000 m2 building with its own tyre store, battery changing facilities and a state-of-the-art hazardous store.
“We designed BMW’s Regional Distribution Centre keeping in mind their need to improve overall efficiency and competitiveness. We went to great lengths to ensure that the building’s look and feel was both functional and aesthetically appealing. The final product has proven to be an exceptionally well-designed building – we couldn’t be prouder,” said Jonathan Leibowitz, CEO of Espaces Architects.
The SAPOA Awards for Innovative Excellence is an annual event, which seeks to recognise significant contributions made through innovation and excellence within the property sector. Although functional aesthetic appeal is a pivotal requirement for entrants, the holistic approach of the awards evaluates various designs, innovation and efficiency elements, such as social transformation, overall impact, environmentally sustainable design, design industry and community perception and interiors that ensure the local commercial real estate sector is on par with international standards.
Hamman comments: “These two awards serve as further proof of Waterfall’s burgeoning status as Gauteng’s premier business node. Our willingness to push the design envelope continues to set us apart and position us as one of South Africa’s leading property developers. A great big thank you to all our partners. We truly appreciate the industry recognition.”
* Content edited by Suren Naidoo