The project provided the minimum parking bays as required by the local authority. In addition, five percent of these bays are designed for motorbike parking and a further five percent are reserved for fuel efficient vehicles. The Waterfall Estate has numerous bicycle routes and is designing the precinct with “complete roads”. Bicycle storage facilities are provided, as are showers and lockers. As attitudes to bicycle commuting change, Group Five will have the facilities in place that will allow building users to make that choice more easily.
“The site is currently served by the Sunninghill Gautrain bus and we anticipate that, as development increases in the vicinity, the public transport offering will also improve. This will continue to create access to alternative means of transport for the building’s occupants,” adds Groves.
WSP also worked closely with the project team to ensure the materials used at this site were in line with sustainability requirements – and that overall the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the operational phase of the Group Five Head Office were reduced as far as possible. The team worked closely with Group Five in the 12 month handover period, which included monthly monitoring, quarterly reporting and a full re-commissioning at the end of the project.
“As a construction company, Group Five sought to be on the forefront of sustainable design – bringing best practice initiatives into their very own building. The building is a great example of what can be achieved when partners who share a passion for sustainable design meet,” concludes Groves.