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Sapoa rewards excellence in property development

Newtown Junction in Johannesburg received the mixed-use development, overall transformation awards and overall winner awards at the recent SA Property Owners Association (Sapoa) convention in Durban.


Newtown Junction in Johannesburg received the mixed-use development, overall transformation awards and overall winner awards (Pictures: Wieland Gleich)

Two projects by dhk architects received Innovation Excellence Awards at the SA Property Owners Association (Sapoa) convention in Durban last week.

Newtown Junction in Johannesburg received the mixed-use development, overall transformation awards and overall winner awards, and the Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet won the overall heritage award.

The R1.3 billion landmark Newtown Junction by Attacq and Atterbury Property Developments, in partnership with the City of Johannesburg and South African Heritage Resources Agency is a substantial mixed-use development in the west of Johannesburg’s CBD. The project is an important commercial catalyst for the area, providing new retail and office space and reinvigorating the existing arts and entertainment venues, and representing a substantial investment in inner city regeneration.

“This complex project involved the design of a new retail mall, new offices for Nedbank targeting a four-star Green Star SA rating, and the restoration of several heritage buildings on the site. The owners took a bold approach in keeping with the spirit of Newtown, and dhk was the lead architect for the project,” said Peter Fehrsen, director of dhk in the firm’s Johannesburg office.

Cape-based dhk worked with LP Architects on the retail elements and Mashabane Rose Associates on the heritage portions of the site.


The Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet won the overall heritage award.

The sensitive restoration of the Drostdy Hotel In Graaff-Reinet and several other historic buildings on the site, as well as the design of contemporary additions won the overall heritage award.

“This was a significant restoration project, and we worked hard to create a seamless experience of the rich heritage of this site, while bringing the hotel provision up to the five star luxury standard envisioned by the owners,” said Renske Haller, managing director of dhk, who led the project from the company’s Cape Town office.

Two other projects by dhk were shortlisted in the awards programme, the Portside tower in Cape Town and the Eikestad Urban Renewal in Stellenbosch.

Another Cape Town project, The Watershed at the V&A Waterfront, won an innovative development merit award.

The SAPOA Awards for Excellence recognise exceptional property development across a range of sectors, and focus on architectural design as well as economic viability, client and user satisfaction and community benefit.

“The 2015 award winners prove that South Africa’s property industry is thriving in the most innovative way possible,” said Sapoa chief executive, Neil Gopal.

“The winners of this year’s awards show that the SA property industry is on par with the rest of the world when it comes to top design, modern architecture and forward thinking sustainability. This year’s winners form part of the country’s latest and best concrete cream of the crop.”

Awards chairman, Pieter Engelbrecht of Growthpoint Properties, said that due to the large number of entries this year, the selection committee decided to include a merit award category.

Here are this year’s winners:

- Mixed-use development, overall transformation award and overall winner: Newtown Junction.
- Retail development: Mall of Rosebank,
- Commercial office development: 90 Grayston Drive.
- International development award: West Hills Mall.
- Refurbishment: BMW (South Africa) head office.
- Residential development: Sandton Skye.
- Other development: Steyn City clubhouse.
- Industrial development: Westcon offices and warehouse.
- Overall heritage award: Drostdy Hotel.
- Commercial office development award, overall green award: Department of Environmental Affairs.
- Innovative development merit award: The Watershed – V&A Waterfront.
- Other development merit award: Hatfield Studios.
- Commercial office development merit award: Alice Lane Phase 2.

The judges were: Pieter Engelbrecht of Growthpoint Properties, Andries Schoeman of AECOM, Anthony Orelowitz of the Paragon Group, Beata Kaleta of DSA Architects, Christian Roberg of Abland, Craig Sutherland of Sutherland Multidisciplinary Engineers, Corné De Leeuw of DelQS Quantity Surveyors and Property Valuers, Hashim Bham of BTKM Quantity Surveyors, Itumeleng Mothibeli of Vukile Property Fund, John Truter of WSP Group Africa Structures, John Williamson of MDS Architecture, Ken Reynolds of Nedbank, Queen Mjwara of STANLIB Direct Property Investment, Rudolf Nieman of JHI Project Management and Sterikleen, Sam Silwamba of Old Mutual South Africa, Sandi Mbutuma of Pentad Quantity Surveyors, Wessel van Dyk of Boogertman + Partners Architects, Zinon Marinakos of DSA Architects International.


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