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Africa's tallest building proposed for Centurion Lake

An estimated R17 billion has been budgeted for the construction of what could be the tallest building in Africa. The Centurion Symbio-City project is expected to be completed in 2018 and will be constructed on the site of the current Centurion Lake.


An artist's impression of the Symbio-City project.

It is expected that the project will topple the Carlton Centre in Joburg's CBD from its position as the tallest in Africa.

The project's three towers were designed by 126Group Architects, with the tallest reaching 110 storeys which will be flanked by two towers of 80 and 60 floors respectively.

The total height of the building will be 447m, as opposed to the Carlton Centre's 223m height.

Briefing delegates to the Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference at the Centurion Aerospace Village yesterday, engineer Roger Warren, said the project was "well thought out".

"We did not wake up today and think about the project. We went and studied modern cities," he said.

Warren said Centurion was developing as a corporate destination with about 318 companies in the area dealing with hitech equipment.

According to Warren, people migrate to better facilities, adding that the project would include hotel and retail facilities. Warren said 10 910 jobs would be created during the construction phase, and 4 804 when the project is completed.

He said the Hennops River would flow underneath the building through a tunnel.

The Centurion Lake, which has been a source of unhappiness among business people, Warren said, would be turned into a swimming pool.

He said they were aware that Centurion was a dolomitic area and they had devised a plan to tackle the problem.

"We will anchor the building about 43m into the ground," he said.

Warren said they had partnered with the Tshwane Metro Council for the project.

According to Tshwane's executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa "timing has never been more appropriate to leverage the economy that Tshwane is contributing towards South Africa's growth".

Ramokgopa said the location of the project - between the Ben Schoeman highway and the N1 highway corridor - was an environment currently surrounded by businesses, offices, residential and commercial facilities.

"This locality in Gauteng, which, as a province, is the fourth largest economy in Africa, has immense potential waiting to be unlocked," he said, adding that the development would offer a high-quality living experience in which people would want to invest.

He said: "The development is a reflection of the range of economic opportunities, cultural experiences, safety, and quality physical environment that Tshwane offers."

He said the availability of a variety of effective and efficiently-provided public services, as well as affordable and green commuting options and amenities were all important factors in creating a high quality living experience.

"The construction of this development will also assist towards job creation, by generating in excess of 10 000 jobs during construction and in excess of 4 000 sustainable jobs post-construction," he said.

According to Ramokgopa, Tshwane, Joburg and Ekurhuleni are the extremities of the golden economic triangle of Gauteng.

"Centurion is positioned within the development corridors linking these cities and thus it will be a major player in the proposed high-intensity developments which are destined to take place in the region.

"With 57 percent of the local labour force in the area being involved in professional and related occupations, all suburbs in the trade area are predominantly middle-to-high income suburbs," he said.












http://www.126group.com/j-126-africa tallest building.htm
 

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Considered very pie in the sky in SA


Centurion businesses up in arms over possible effect of 447m-high development
TUESDAY MAY 29, 2012

News of the planned Centurion sky scraper - planned to be the tallest in Africa and the 14th tallest freestanding structure in the world - has sent waves of confusion and unhappiness across the suburb's business community, which is worried about the effect it will have on their ventures.


Centurion Lake is the proposed site for Centurion Symbio-city, which will feature the tallest building in Africa.

Centurion Symbio-city, as it will be known, will feature the tallest building in Africa and will have one residential and two office towers. In addition to this, Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said last week, it would include hotels, retail facilities and a convention centre.

The tallest tower in the mini-city will be 110 storeys high and will be flanked by two towers of 80 and 60 floors each. The height of the tallest tower will be 447m and it will be linked to the convention centre by an underground walkway.

Work on the multimillion-rand project was expected to start before the end of the year, council sources said yesterday, and the project could take anything up to eight years to complete.

Businesses around the Centurion lakeside mall, where it is expected to be built, said Centurion was going through an economic slump and would not be able to handle the influx a project of this nature could bring. "That we will be rid of the problems with Centurion Lake is good news and so is the fact that we will have conferencing facilities in our business area, but that we have no less that 4 000m² of vacant office space in Centurion presents another problem," said the chairman of the Centurion Business Chamber, Gerhard Marais.

The question, he said, was where business to occupy the buildings would come from. "They will either be attracted from outside or they will move from existing space." This, he said, would further cripple the economy.

Centurion was not ready to handle a project of this nature, businesspeople said. That the project was situated within 50m of two hotels - Centurion Lake Hotel, to the east, and Protea Hotel, to the west, also defied business sense, they added.

The lack of consultation on the matter was a sore point, with the hotels and restaurants situated on the lake saying that the first time

Nthey had heard about the project was in the media. "We were never consulted," Centurion Lake Hotel chief executive Andrew van Hasselt said. The hotel had been built around the lake's existence and, managers of eateries on the mall's lakeside said, they were paying dearly for the prime space they occupied.

"We spent a lot of money on renovations to our deck to ensure customers have the perfect view. We are worried that this will stop existing," Cappuccinos spokesman said.

His sentiment was shared by other restaurant managers who said the lack of information only confused and scared people and could drive their customers away.

Capital City Business Chamber chief executive Fanie du Plessis applauded the city for bringing a project that could accommodate conventions of the nature that Sandton City could, saying it was important for the city not to lose such events to Midrand's Gallagher Estate. .Business people in the city did, however, deserve to be consulted.

International money was coming in for the development, which would change the face of the Centurion CBD. The roads system and infrastructure are set to be upgraded and the project, the Pretoria News was told yesterday, is at least five or so years in discussions and consultations. The revelation of the plans last week were a mere formality.

Said one metro official: "It's a huge project. It's massive and by the end of the year, heavy trucks will be rushing to and fro, disrupting the normal flow of business - from public transport to people travelling to and from work and people going about their leisure business and those going shopping, yet no one, not even the residents of Centurion, has been given a chance to discuss it, absorb it and prepare for it."

But Ramokgopa said last week the development was a reflection of the range of economic opportunities, cultural experiences, safety and a quality physical environment that Tshwane offers. He said it would create jobs - more than 10 000 during construction and 4 000 afterwards.

Pretoria News

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i start believing it when they pay an architecture firm to make a real render and proposal. But the project looks pretty cool, This would be an amazing project as the tallest for africa. I also like the turbines a lot. :cheers:
 

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i start believing it when they pay an architecture firm to make a real render and proposal. But the project looks pretty cool, This would be an amazing project as the tallest for africa. I also like the turbines a lot. :cheers:
Agreed. It all looks like a pretty early stage proposal. However the city claims construction will start at year end. I'm highly doubtfull
 

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The lake is pretty much dry for half the year and smells rancid when it's full. Destroying it and replacing it with this development is a good idea. Business owners arguing otherwise should be euthanised.
 

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Which one looks horrible? - the plasticine spiral is the best proposal there...imagine a 470 metre high, semi-melted, gaudi-style building. Would be awesome.
 

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And the city is called Tshwane so the thread title can be renamed. I guess the new city is supposedly to be build next to this Tshwane city. Anyways the design is clearly conceptual as the 126group who designed this has never designed anything tall before.

Here some more renders:











and article from worldarchitecturenews.com

City of Tshwane to get Africa's tallest tower

Johannesburg-based architects @126 have released designs for the tallest building in Africa. The 110-storey structure is part of triple-tower development in Tshwane, South Africa, collectively known as Centurion Symbio-City. Destined for completion in 2018, the project was announced by Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa last week and has been met with mixed reaction from locals.

The mixed-use facility is planned to include residential units, office space, retail facilities, and hotel and conference spaces, however its close proximity to existing commercial venues is something of a concern. Local publication IOL News reported yesterday that: “Businesses around the Centurion lakeside mall, where [the project] is expected to be built, said Centurion was going through an economic slump and would not be able to handle the influx a project of this nature could bring.”

Renderings from @126 show a 447m tower reaching skywards with a vertical column of wind turbines embedded in its form. Several layers of mass complete the structure which is flanked by two smaller towers (336m and 210m) which mirror the central building’s multi-layered form. If completed, the main building would surpass the current tallest building in Africa, the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, by a staggering 224m.

@126’s proposal does not only include the triple tower cluster, but looks to invigorate the surrounding area by the Centurion Lake with soft landscaping and a series of arching pedestrian bridges. Located in and around the Lake itself, the development will stretch over 10 hectares of land. A new monorail system has also been suggested to link the residents and users of the Centurion Symbio-City development with Gautrain rapid rail station.

Mayor Ramakgopa commented: “The development is a reflection of the range of economic opportunities, cultural experiences, safety and a quality physical environment that Tshwane offers. The availability of a variety of effective and efficiently provided public services, as well as affordable and green commuting options and amenities are all important factors in creating a high quality living experience. The construction of this development will also assist towards job creation, by generating in excess of 10,000 jobs during construction and in excess of 4,000 sustainable jobs post-construction.”

Source: worldarchitecturenews.com
 

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^ No, the city is Centurion. The metropolitan municipality is Tshwane. The Symbio-City Tower development will be built in the Centurion Lake located in the Centurion CBD.
 

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Our own Johan 15 hails from the city of Centurion. BTW that bent line above the development on the map is the Gautrain which was finished last year...
 

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Africa always has the ugliest buildings. Fix the continent before you build such abominations. :eek:hno:
You realize a project of this will magnitude will boost the economy and create possibly thousands of jobs. I never understand why people say "fix the continent before you develop it." :nuts:
 

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Why must we fix the continent? Its doing well fixing itself these days , no help needed from us South Africans . Anyway business is business and if it makes business sense then build it..... Unlike half the stuff in dubai.....
 

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Africa always has the ugliest buildings. Fix the continent before you build such abominations. :eek:hno:
I for one think once the design has been refined, this could be a stunning building. But I'm sure you could show us a few things Botswana is building that could prove me wrong
 

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I, for one, love the shape of them. The only reason they may appear ugly is because the renders are so crap. Once they've rendered the glass in high resolution I think it's going to look awesome.

Another render, by the way:

 
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