Absa Towers Main in Marshalltown was certified by GBCSA in February 2022 with a 5-Star Green Star rating – Interiors v1. The property developer included sustainability elements for ABSA as part of the base building delivery. Towers Main was developed for Divercity Urban Property Fund whose purpose is to renew and reenergise South Africa’s urban centres by developing unique inner-city precincts.
The development took home a duo of awards at SAPOA’s 2021 Propery Development Awards for Innovative Excellence. Co-developed by Atterbury and Ithemba Property, Towers Main won the mixed-use category as well as the prestigious overall transformation award. The awards celebrate exceptional design quality and honour developments with positive impacts on our cities and towns.
Atterbury has been a regular recipient of these accolades over its twenty-seven years of delivering excellence in property development, investment, and asset management in South Africa and internationally. Armond Boshoff, CEO of Atterbury South Africa, says: “Towers Main was designed to change lives for the better, and we are thrilled that SAPOA has recognised its transformational impacts. It has brought new life back into the Johannesburg CBD, enabling people to live closer to where they work and helping them save precious time and a fortune in transport costs. It contributes to addressing the city’s housing backlog and gives people all the amenities that they need and want to enjoy quality of life. Winning these awards from SAPOA is indeed a great honour. It is a testament to the exceptional quality of the team we have at Atterbury and the distinctly successful developments we deliver.”
Over and above the base building design, ABSA included additional meters for electrical and water consumption. These are linked to the ABSA BMS system to allow the facilities management team to accurately track consumption patterns within the building and allow for early detection of anomalies.
“We are constantly looking for ways to express who the new Absa is and what we stand for. We are taking an old building and giving it a new lease on life to benefit our colleagues and the broader community. It’s about finding new ways of getting things done by creating a vibrant space where we can live, work and play together,” said Wendy Cuthbert, head of Absa Corporate Real Estate Solutions.
As part of a wider neighbourhood development initiative, a pedestrian-friendly walkway with street furniture, lighting and art was created from Absa
Towers Main all the way to Maboneng. Between Absa Tower Main and Maboneng is Jewel City, the former heart of the diamond and precious metals trade in Johannesburg. The Gautrain bus stop is directly next to the building, and the building is a short walk away from Gandhi Square with all shopping amenities.