R460m new offices under development at Century City

R460m new offices under development at Century City

Artist’s impression of Sable Park, the new R460 million office park to be built in the Bridgeways precinct at Century City.

A new 16 300m2 development of premium grade offices is to be built on a prime gateway site at Century City, and will include new regional offices for Discovery.

Sable Park is being developed by the Rabie Property Group at a cost of R460 million, and will comprise two four storey buildings of 8 000 m2 and 8 300 m2, each with two levels of underground parking.

Designed in a contemporary vernacular by award-winning dhk architects, the buildings will front on to Sable Road providing high visibility and offering uninterrupted views of Table Mountain and Table Bay.

Discovery’s Cape Town staff, who will be relocating from elsewhere at Century City when their existing lease expires, will be occupying the larger of the two buildings.

“The second building, which is ideally suited for a large user wanting to make a strong corporate statement, is being designed to be flexible and could be sub-divided to accommodate smaller users,” says Rabie director, Colin Anderson.

David Pierre-Eugene, head of group facilities at Discovery, says: “With our existing leasing commitments coming up for renewal, we were on the look out for new premises that would enable the business to be consolidated into one building and have options for future growth.

“As part of our assessment for new premises, we surveyed other developments outside Century City and found that from a location, convenience and amenities point of view, Century City is still the best location to meet our requirements.”

Sable Park is in the all-green Bridgeways precinct which has become the new commercial and hospitality hub of Century City. The precinct is home to a number of other blue chip companies including the new Absa regional offices, Chevron, Philip Morris, the Business Centre, Thomson Reuters, Mastercard, Derivco, Northfund, Glad Africa and the Rabie Property Group.

Also in the precinct is the mixed-use Century City Square which comprises the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel, 15 000 m2 of offices, 51 apartments and five restaurants, pubs and coffee shops surrounding a public square and served by 1 330 parking bays in a super basement and a structured parking garage.

Century City Square development was recently awarded a four-star Green Star – Custom Mixed Use Design rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa, the first development in the Western Cape to achieve this.

Five other office buildings in the precinct have also received Green Star ratings.

Anderson says Sable Park is also being designed as a green development and it is the developer’s intention to register it with the GBCSA, aiming for a four star Green Star rating in the Design v1 and As Built v1 categories.