Abland, one of South Africa’s leading property developers for over 30 years, together with their JV Partners The Ellerine Brothers, are pleased to announce the development of Cape Town’s newest office tower, 35 Lower Long, situated on Lower Long Street in the City Bowl. Designed by dhk, this will be a four star green building and is set to transform the site that was previously known as the Ernst & Young offices, into a 24-storey office building.
Construction has already commenced with the internal stripping of the building and external demolition set to kick off in September 2017, with completion set for the first quarter of 2020.
The building area will comprise 13 446m² of premium-grade office space, along with 323m² of retail space on the ground floor, 9 above-ground parking levels and a penthouse on the top floor. Priority has been given to activating the entire street edges of Lower Long & Jetty Street with multiple entry points and a prominent double volume entrance space. The sculpted form of the building mass, the defragmentation and articulation of the corners will provide dynamic views of the building across the city, both from street level and nearby buildings.
“We believe that the location is perfect, not only is the property next to the MyCiti bus station, it is within close proximity to the main train station – making it easily accessible to individuals commuting via public transport. Motorists also have easy access to the N1, N2 and the Western Seaboard.
In addition, the building is located in the popular foreshore precinct close to the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Amenities such as hotels, restaurants and bars surround the building making this a very popular precinct,” says James Cresswell, Cape Regional Director at Abland.
The office building is being developed with the occupants needs in mind. Flexibility within a work environment has become critical to tenants who require flexible office space and high speed IT connectivity.
The building will have a modern look characterised by beautifully designed glazed façades which extend seamlessly over both the office and parking levels by using glass façades with generous floor to ceiling heights. Abland has created light and airy usable space on each floor. A critical factor for the building is to limit heat build-up on the glass panels to ensure a comfortable working environment for all tenants. This was achieved by using double glazing and angling the building away from the harsh northern summer sun.
“We’re very excited about this project and it has been received with enthusiasm by the City of Cape Town and Capetonians in general. The City’s stamp of approval and support has made this journey very encouraging for us. Our objective is to develop an iconic building that both Abland and Capetonians can be proud of. We look forward to welcoming our future tenants and we are confident that they will really enjoy this space,” concludes Cresswell.