Sapoa's honours spread between cities

Sapoa's honours spread between cities

No 1 Silo at the V&A Waterfront was the overall winner this year at the South African Property Owners Association ( Sapoa) Innovative Excellence in Property Development Awards , during the Sapoa convention and property exhibition, which was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre last week.

No 1 Silo at the V&A Waterfront.
Following a record number of entries, Sapoa announced the top performers in 10 categories and four overall awards, as well as the top overall award won by No 1 Silo.

'The winners highlight excellence in design and innovation. They meet today's challenges and tomorrow's needs, and reflect the cutting- edge of design in South Africa and globally,' said Sapoa chief executive Neil Gopal.

'The awards recognise exceptional quality in buildings and reward excellence i n building design, and are also a litmus test for the health of our industry. Entries have increased by 65 percent in the past two years and, judging by the excellent standard this year, our sector is thriving.'

The award winners were selected by a multi-disciplinary panel of judges comprising leaders in their fields.

Awards committee chairman, Pieter Engelbrecht said that this year had been remarkable for recognising talented property innovators in South Africa.

'This year we received a positive response. We have the privilege of showcasing world-class owners and built environment professionals' outstanding contributions that have significantly enhanced t he SA industry, economy and skylines.'

In addition to being the overall winner, No 1 Silo at the V&A Waterfront also won the corporate office development category and the overall green award. The building is the 18 500m corporate head office of blue-chip tenant Allan Gray. It was designed by Rick Brown Architects VDMMA and developed by the V&A Waterfront, which is owned in equal parts by Growthpoint Properties and the Government Employees Pension Fund represented by the Public Investment Corporation (SOC) Limited.

No 1 Silo is part of the first phase in the Silo Precinct of the V&A Waterfront, which includes the redevelopment of the historical grain silo. The building has been awarded the region's first GBCSA six-star Green Star SA rating, and is also seeking 'as built' rating. With sustainability features in abundance, No 1 Silo is designed to reflect its tenant's company values and encourage greater communication between its staff members.

In the residential developments category, No 2 Silo at the V& A Waterfront triumphed. Owned, developed and designed by the same team as No 1 Silo, the building is the V&A Waterfront's first residential development in more than five years and the first residential development to be assessed using the GBCSA multi- unit residential design rating tool and to receive a four-star rating. It consists of 31 oneand two-bedroom flats over seven storeys with a solar heated rooftop pool and a water-wise garden.

Taking pole position in the retail developments category was Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp, developed by Sasol Pension Fund and designed by Bentel Associates International. Inspired by its setting, the landmark Cradle of Humankind was the starting point for the philosophy t hat underpins i t s design concept.

Winning the commercial office developments category was Alice Lane Phase One, at 15 Alice Lane in Sandton. Developed by Abland, it was designed by Paragon Architects. With a GBCSA four-star Green Star SA design rating, this 14-storey building includes six floors of parking and eight floors of office space.

Earning top spot in the industrial developments category was Grundfos South Africa in Meadowbrook, Germiston, owned and developed by Growthpoint Properties and designed by Empowered Spaces. The innovative project meets Grundfos's strategy to consolidate in a single high-tech industrial facility in Gauteng, to serve as its head office. It is the first integrated industrial and office facility in South Africa to be awarded a GBCSA five-star Green Star SA office design rating.

The New Engineering Building at the University of Cape Town, developed by the university and designed by Saota, took top honours in the other developments category. The new faculty building includes academic offices and laboratories, and formal and social learning spaces. It houses the civil engineering department as well as the overflow of the neighbouring chemical engineering department and the dean of the faculty.

University of Pretoria Mining Industry Study Centre scooped the award for refurbishments. Developed by the university and designed by ARC Architects Pretoria, it created an on-campus study and information centre in a central, but defunct, square in the engineering precinct.

The location required a new structure to span the existing space, and the new study centre was suspended from the structure.

The international development award went to The Oberoi Centre in Dubai. Developed by Rani International Development Co and designed by DSA Architects International, the commercial and hotel towers include a 27-storey, 252 key hotel and a 33-storey commercial office tower, linked by a four- level common podium. It is in the Business Bay neighbourhood along with the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa.

Noswal Hall, Zenprop's first landmark student accommodation, won the overall transformation category. Designed by Empowered Spaces, it accommodates 399 residents across 19 floors in bachelor units and twothree- and four- bedroom shared units. It is directly across from the main campus of the University of the Witwatersrand and its distinctive Mondrian-themed façade has become a landmark on Braamfontein's skyline.

Taking the winning title in the heritage developments category was the New Military Health Base Depot for the South African Military Health Services. Developed by the Department of Public Works and designed by Impendula Design Architects and Jeremie Malan Architects, the new depot was developed on a 64 571m existing military property in Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria, and incorporates several existing buildings with significant heritage value on the site, with a campus- type development of 12 buildings of different sizes and functions.

There were three recipients for the overall innovative merit award. Winner of the best refurbishment category, University of Pretoria Mining Industry Study Centre, impressed the judges with its innovative engineering solution.

UTI Pharma in Meadowview Business Estate in Linbro Park, developed by Intaprop and designed by GLH Architects, was selected for its innovative integrated racking system in this facility that is designed to be energy- saving, improve productivity and optimise space.

Tshedimosetso House, developed by Growthpoint and designed by ADO Architects, S&A Architects and Urban Design Architects, was chosen for it solar façade laboratory.

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