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Redefine breaks ground on new flagship 16 storey sustainable building development
By SA Commercial Prop News



Redefine Properties recently broke ground on its largest single building project to date, a 16 storey commercial building with over 19 000 m2 GLA of premium grade office space in Sandton.

90 Grayston is a trendsetting building which will create a new benchmark for future commercial development. “We are making a statement with 90 Grayston,” says Mike Ruttell, Group Development Manager for Redefine Properties. “This iconic sustainable development represents the first of a number of future property development solutions which will showcase Redefine’s vision concerning office design and functionality.”

With a growing focus on green building globally, tenants are increasingly looking to optimise energy costs and reduce operating costs with resource-efficient methods that last throughout a building’s lifecycle.

Xavier Huyberechts, a leading partner of GLH & Associates Architects, the practice who were awarded the design of the building, says the site size and profile presented several challenges. “The facade side of the building is very narrow so we went with a ‘box in and box out’ look to optimise the amount of light coming into the building. As people walk into the building they will be able to see right through two atriums and the glazed roof giving it an open and welcoming feel.”

Huyberechts explains that the parking levels of the building are also an interesting feature. “There will be five levels below ground and six above. This means that when people drive in they will be in the middle of the parkade allowing for easier access to parking bays.”

The long term plan is to convert the two upper most levels of parking into office space in the future. “We foresee public transport improving in the next ten years or so, and with that fewer people will be driving cars to work. To increase the life of the building it makes sense to be able to convert the parking levels into offices if and when the time comes,” he adds.

“Sustainable building or green building is definitely the way to future proof your building and the logical evolution in the way buildings are being developed. To minimise one’s carbon footprint it is important to adopt green building techniques that contribute to sustainability,” says Ruttell.

“Although a green building may need more initial investment, it brings back significant returns in the form of lower operating costs in the long run. It also reduces the impact on the environment by making better use of our natural resources and resulting in healthier buildings, healthier people and a healthier environment,” says Ruttell.

Redefine and its professional teams have also been working closely with sustainability consultants, WSP Green by Design on the project. “We are aiming for at least a four star green rating and WSP Green by Design will ensure we achieve this goal. From the concrete mix to bicycle parking bays we are working towards making this building as energy efficient as is reasonably and economically possible,” says Ruttell. “We are confident that over the two-year building period we will secure top-class tenants for this premier building and be environmentally conscious while doing it.”

Redefine’s new flagship office development is strategically located in close proximity to the main Gauteng transport nodes and the Sandton business hub.
 

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That isn't the best render but it looks quite nice. Something edgy, new and different in sandton. Is that right next Sandton City?
 

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This building is in the mid-rise semi-residential area of Benmore/Sandton. It's a reasonable height for the area and will be very close to the new Sandton Skye. It should add some nice bulk and detract from the concrete ugliness of that other block of flats right opposite it. I think Inner Circle (blue glass building next to McDonalds) only turned out to be 12 floors.

Can we hope for street level interaction?
 

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And what about that plot next to Norton Rose. The building that is being demolished,, anyone know whats gonna happen there?
yes, demolish 4 floors back to parking deck then adding back 6 floors. Another Paragon yukkie building. Also next to ABSA capital where hole is being excavated is due to be a 20F plus but only render is on Abland site
 

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yes, demolish 4 floors back to parking deck then adding back 6 floors. Another Paragon yukkie building. Also next to ABSA capital where hole is being excavated is due to be a 20F plus but only render is on Abland site
20F is only third or fourth phase and won't be seen for a while methinks
 
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