Commuters between Johannesburg and Pretoria will no doubt have seen the new iconic 26-story PwC headquarters building being developed in Waterfall City. Upon completion in early 2018, the R1.5 billion development will comprise 40 000 square metres of space and house 3 500 PwC employees as a new HQ for the company.
According to the developers, the height of the tower – and the fact that it is situated on a high point in Waterfall City – will make it the tallest structure on the corridor between the Sandton and Pretoria/Tshwane CBDs.
The PwC Tower is designed by LYT Architecture and will be constructed in phases, due to the unique twist-design of the structure. It gently twists through in its height to frame the grand urban park, which forms the green heart of Waterfall City. The building is also designed to conform to the internationally recognised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standard. Guy Steenekamp, a director at LYT Architecture says: “The brief for the PwC Tower at Waterfall City called for an iconic building form that would be unique to the development and which would mark the property as a new top tier destination for business. Given the height of the building and that it is situated on a hillside rise in Waterfall City, it will easily be the tallest structure on the corridor between the Sandton CBD and the Pretoria/Tshwane CBD. The PwC Tower will be visible from almost anywhere within a 30km radius.”
The project has received a commendation in the buildings greater than three storeys category at the 2017 biennial Fulton Awards, hosted by the Concrete Society of South Africa. The PwC Tower is the twenty-fourth tallest twisted building in the world and the only twisted building in Africa. The judges’ citation highlighted that “the design solution balanced gravity loads on the corner columns and reduced the torsion on the core of the tower, making stresses on the core wall decrease by a factor of four. This meant that the structure used a 450mm core wall that is a similar thickness to what a typical straight tower of that height would have needed.
The location: Waterfall City
The building is located on the same site as Mall of Africa – the R5 billion shopping complex that will serve as the hub for the Waterfall development project.The 323ha Waterfall City development project has a completion price tag of R71 billion, with 11 years of development still remaining. Waterfall City is South Africa’s largest urban concept development, designed to provide everything expected of a world-class modern city, with all the conveniences of a leading-quality urban environment. Waterfall City is strategically and conveniently located next to Gauteng’s main arterial route, the N1 between Pretoria and Johannesburg, and spans land on both sides of the N1 highway, stretching from the Woodmead off-ramp in the south to just beyond the Allandale interchange in the north.
Waterfall City is a true work, live, play destination. “The landscaped lawns of Waterfall City will provide lush green space and is positioned atop five levels of super-basement, which are already under construction, and encircled by the bustling Waterfall City, with its mixed-use development including offices, as well as the mall itself,” says Morné Wilken, Chief Executive Officer of Attacq. “The attractive lawns will provide a landscaped playground for a multitude of outdoor activities and a venue for recreation options, including an intimate amphitheatre with an interactive fountain and stage area,” adds Wilken. “We are proud to work with PwC as the developer of its new head office, which is set to become a landmark building for South African business in Attacq’s pioneering Waterfall City,” says Jeanne Jordaan, Atterbury Property’s Director of Commercial Development, emphasises.
In addition to PwC, the burgeoning Waterfall City continues to attract leading businesses, including Servest and Colgate Palmolive, Cell C, Group 5, Altech, Digistics, Massbuild, Cipla, Golder & Associates, MB Technologies, Virgin Active, Premier Foods, Dräger S.A, Westcon Group, Novartis, Covidien, Cummins and Honda Motor SA. Atterbury has offices at Waterfall City and Attacq’s head office is also based there. Waterfall also features a Netcare Hospital.
LOCATION: Waterfall City, Midrand, Johannesburg
CLIENT: Attacq Waterfall Investment Company (Pty) Ltd
ARCHITECT/ENGINEER: LYT Architects
MAIN CONTRACTOR: WBHO
VALUE AT COMPLETION: ZAR 700 Million
DESCRIPTION: New office block for Price Waterhouse Coopers, for Atterbury Properties. Construction of 26 levels of office space (approx 44000sqm GLA) as well as 6 levels of basement parking.
CONTRACT PERIOD: April 2015 – February 2018