PROPERTY: Chevron's HQ On The Move
Recent Western Cape Business News
The group has acquired a gateway site at Century City from the Rabie Property Group on which it is to build a new 9 000 sq m green head office.
The building is being designed by Louis Karol Architects who were up against three other shortlisted architectural firms in a design competition.
Construction is due to start in the first half of 2012 with completion scheduled for end 2013.
The new Chevron head office is to be built according to environmentally friendly principles and is aiming for Green Star SA certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). If successful, this will be the second building at Century City to receive Green Star SA certification. The first was the Aurecon building, which was developed by the Rabie Group and which was not only the first certified green building in the Western Cape but was the first building in South Africa to be awarded a 5 Star Green – Office Design v1 rating by the GBCSA.
“The building will be the first office block to be built in a new 150 000 square metre office node at Century City to be known as Bridgeways and which is already home to the Virgin Active Health Club and the Hillsong Church,” says John Chapman, a director of Rabie Property Group.
Chapman says Rabie is looking at developing Bridgeways as a ‘green’ precinct and will be implementing measures to provide a base measure to assist environmentally conscious corporates achieve accreditation for their green buildings in the future. In this regard, provision has been made for a multi-tiered parking facility which will allow tenants and owners additional affordable parking within close proximity to these offices.
He says a further two office blocks, each of around 4 000 sq m, are also currently in the planning stages for the precinct.
The site of the Chevron head office faces onto Century City Boulevard, the main thoroughfare of Century City, and is directly opposite the Colosseum and the planned bus station for the Bus Rapid Transit System which is expected to be extended to Century City by the end of 2012.
It is also in easy walking distance of one of Century City’s two Public Transport Interchanges for those commuters relying on bus or taxi services as well as the Century City Station.”
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