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Bridge Park awarded 5-Star Green Star rating

29 June 2015

The 18 000 square metre Bridge Park office development in Century City has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star SA Office v1 Design rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa bringing to five the number of Green Star rated buildings in the all-green Bridgeways precinct.
Designed by dhk Architects and being developed at a cost of R450million in a joint venture by Rabie Property Group and Growthpoint Properties, Bridge Park comprises two four storey buildings set over a shared basement and podium. 
Construction of the first building, the 9900 square metre Bridge Park East is due for completion in June this year with Bridge Park West, comprising 8100 square metres of prime offices, scheduled for completion in July. The two buildings have a shared basement and podium. 
These latest Green Star ratings bring to four, the number of 5-Star Green Star rated buildings in Century City including South Africa’s first 5-Star Green Star rated building, Aurecon. The fourth 5-Star Green Star rated building in the Century City precinct is Chevron. 
Century City is also home to two 4-Star Green Star SA rated buildings -  the Business Centre and Number 3 Bridgeways, which were accredited in both the Design and As Built categories.
Colin Anderson, a director of Rabie, said they were delighted Bridge Park had achieved the 5-Star Green Star rating in the Design category and said they were also aiming for its accreditation in the As Built category.
Bridge Park, he said, was ideally suited for corporates looking for office space of between 1600 square metres and 10 000 square metres and discussions with a number of large corporates were well advanced.
It falls within the Bridgeways precinct of Century City which is being developed as “an all-green precinct” and includes the R1billion Century City Square development comrpisng inter alia a conference centre and hotel, and which forms part of the Green Star SA - Custom Mixed Use rating pilot programme of the Green Building Council of South Africa.
 Derick Henstra, Chairman of  dhk said: “Achieving the 5 Star rating for Bridge Park is hugely rewarding for the design team, as it confirms our commitment to sustainability and endorses what we believe is a world class office space, not just in terms of environmental factors but the overall user experience of the building.”
“The new green precinct in Century City will certainly set the bar for future sustainable office development in the country and we’re pleased to be involved in taking a leading role in this initiative at Bridge Park.”
The main contractor on the Bridge Park development was Murray & Roberts while the sustainable building consultants were PJCarew Consulting.