BUILDING: New Green Offices For Aurecon
Recent Western Cape Business News
A new 7000 square metre “green” regional office block of R150 million will be built at Century City for Aurecon, an engineering, management and specialist technical services group formed through the merger of leading engineering consultancies, Africon, Connell Wagner and Ninham Shand.
Being developed by Rabie Property Group, the four storey will be built according to environmentally friendly principles in the hope of achieving Green Star accreditation from the Green Building Council of South Africa.
Jeff Robinson, Principal Engineer and Sustainable Buildings Group Leader at Aurecon, says that the current economic situation has meant that, generally speaking, large project owners are starting to question the possibility of prioritising their overall spend in order to ensure they occupy a ‘sustainable’ building.
“The latter underscores the principle of investing in order to gain future paybacks. The ‘credit crunch’ has taken its toll, but this is not to say that sustainability is now on the back burner. If anything, becoming more energy efficient is an area of increasing priority as companies become more prudent about expenditure and ensure the design of their premises minimizes future expenditure,” he says.
Aurecon recently took a decision to consolidate its Cape Town operations from the Cape Town CBD and two other buildings at Century City, into a single location and the group identified the move as the perfect opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development.
“The tangible benefits of going green are innumerable- and this is a facet of construction South African project owners have caught on to quickly. Higher tenant demand, lower vacancies and lower energy and water costs have meant many developers are taking a long-term view of their investment,” explains Robinson.
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