Corporate head offices are fast becoming an Atterbury speciality:
The most recent coup is Atterbury’s recent appointment to develop the new African headquarters for accounting giant, Deloitte, in the heart of Waterfall City. Here, it would seem that Atterbury has fallen upon a winning formula; partnering with premium property companies – in this instance, Attacq, the developers of Gauteng’s fastest growing business node – to deliver exceptional buildings. We spoke to Atterbury’s development manager Arno du Plessis who shed some light and perspective on Atterbury’s continued success.
Why do you think a growing number of big corporates want the Atterbury treatment?
Building an HQ today versus 10 or 20 years ago must involve a different thought process, can you elaborate on that?
The core process has not changed much over the last 20 years. The key principle remains that a corporate office must provide a facility which enables a company to fulfil its core functions. Abuilding is designed around a company’s working culture, brand identity and financial constraints. The main aspects that has changed the way we design corporate offices is technology, the way people live and work and the varying requirements from the different generations of workers currently using the same space.
How did the Deloitte partnership come about? How extensive is Atterbury’s role?
Atterbury was the successful bidder in an extensive RFP process implemented by Deloitte. Atterbury’s biggest advantage in the processes were that we have successfully developed two offices for Deloitte (current and previous) in Pretoria.
The first sod was turned recently… what happens next, and what is the immediate timeline? When will we start seeing the building going up?
Bulk earthworks is on programme and should be completed in February 2018. Group 5 has been appointed as the principal contractor and will commence with the construction work at the end of February 2018. The concrete lateral support walls are visible from the N1, and the concrete structure should be out of the ground by May 2018.
A flagship head office is obviously a great project, but is there any aspect to this development that is particularly exciting or noteworthy?
Apart from the obvious technical and financial constraints of implementing a project of this nature, the most challenging aspect will be the integration of the two offices (Pretoria and Johannesburg) into one building.
What in your opinion is it about Waterfall that makes it so attractive as an office destination for big corporates?
Its central location in Gauteng and easy access to major road arteries make it a logical choice. The fact that Waterfall City is approaching critical mass will further enhance its attractiveness over the next few years.
Deloitte Africa in numbers:
- 42 500m² – the total size of the offices
- 5 000 – the estimated number of people that can be housed in the new HQ
- 2 000 – the number of parking bays to be constructed
- 28 – the number of months until the new HQ is open for business
- 6 – the number of stories (ground floor plus six floors of workspace)
- 4 number of basement parking levels