Archives for June 2019

Discovery Place, a Growthpoint and Zenprop development, wins at SAPOA Innovative Excellence Awards

Discovery Place, the new high-performance global headquarters developed for Discovery in a joint venture of two of South Africa’s leading property companies, Growthpoint Properties and Zenprop Property Holdings, is the overall winner of the prestigious South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Awards 2019.

In addition to Discovery’s new head office receiving top honours, it was also given the awards for Best Corporate Office and Best Interior. Discovery Place was designed by Boogertman + Partners Architects with Paragon Interface undertaking the interior design. The principal contractor on the project was a joint venture of Tiber and WBHO.

The awards, which recognise significant contributions made through innovation and excellence within the property sector, were announced at a gala event in Cape Town, last week.

The SAPOA awards not only consider the quality of a development and how it enhances our cities and towns, but also the successful functionality of each development. Importantly, Discovery’s consolidation into one resource-efficient, cost-effective and environmentally-innovative head office has had multiple financial, performance and flexibility benefits for the business.

The iconic new 112,000sqm Discovery head office in Sandton Central, is the largest single-phase commercial office development in Africa to date. It also became the largest new build project to receive a 5-Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).

Located on the corner of Rivonia Road and Katherine Street, diagonally opposite Sandton City and a block from the Sandton Gautrain Station, the aesthetically impressive building comprises three linked office towers which consist of a ground floor, eight office floors and a roof level with various sports facilities. It also offers nine basements with over 5,000 parking bays.

From its excellent site in sought-after Sandton Central to its outstanding green credentials, this is indeed a landmark and a new benchmark in efficient workspace in every sense. The healthy and enjoyable place to work is also less costly to operate and maintain, has a reduced environmental footprint, and fosters positive performance.

The four-year development programme began in 2014 and Discovery officially started operating from the new head office building, which is owned by Growthpoint (55%) and Zenprop (45%), at the beginning of 2018.

These awards are a great reflection of the collaborative work achieved by the professional team in conjunction with the internal Discovery team to bring our brief for the building to life. We envisioned a physical manifestation of the Discovery brand, our core purpose and ambition to make people healthier and this is intrinsic to the design. Congratulations to the Growthpoint and Zenprop development teams and all the professional teams involved in creating a world-class facility.

David Pierre-Eugene, Discovery’s Head of Group Facilities


We’re ecstatic to receive this award as a testament to the commitment to excellence, the culture of collaboration and innovation, and the drive to exceed Discovery’s expectations that underpinned this joint venture of Zenprop and Growthpoint. Every single person who was part of this hardworking team can be as proud of this award as they can be of their contribution to the exceptional final product that is Discovery Place.

James Tannenberger, CEO of Zenprop Property Holdings

Growthpoint congratulates all involved in creating this leading-edge development. We appreciate that this development took place over several years; it was a marathon rather than a sprint, and every step in the journey and every person on this phenomenal team has made an amazing contribution. We are particularly proud of this building because rarely in the development industry are aesthetics, sustainability, agile workspace, functionality and cost- effectiveness combined in such harmony. It is a privilege to have Discovery as a client and work with its passionate, talented people. Growthpoint’s in-house development team couldn’t be prouder to have partnered with Zenprop to play a part in creating a workplace where Discovery, and its people, can truly thrive.

Thavhani Mall wins Best Rural and Small Town Development in the SAPOA Property Development Awards for Innovative Excellence

Thavhani Mall in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, has scooped the top award for Rural and Small Town development in the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Awards 2019.

Developed and owned by Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment, Thavhani Property Investments and JSE-listed retail REIT Vukile Property Fund. Thavhani Mall is a new 50,000sqm regional mall that opened in August 2017, introducing the biggest selection of shopping and leisure retail in the region with its 140 stores.

Thavhani Mall’s exceptional design was created by multi-award-winning MDS Architecture, and its construction was delivered by main contractor WBHO.

The SAPOA Innovative Excellence Award recognises distinction in property development in the South African real estate industry, and showcases the most innovative property developments that contribute towards the enhancement of our towns and cities. This is exactly what Thavhani Mall set out to do

Thavhani Mall is at the heart of the Thavhani City mixed-use urban precinct, which is designed to be the future economic hub of North Eastern Limpopo. It is the powerful catalyst for the rollout of a development masterplan that will create a new modern CBD with private healthcare facilities, transport terminals, a motor city, hotels and value retail. It will include a new multi-business office park with vibrant co-working facilities for entrepreneurs, becoming a hub of innovation, small businesses and job creation, as well as community soccer fields and outdoor gym.

Thavhani Mall was envisioned and designed as a world-class shopping experience for its community and surrounds, and we are incredibly pleased that it has been recognised for its excellence by its industry peers. This award is a testament to the excellence and professionalism of everyone involved in Thavhani Mall’s development. Thavhani City is rising and we are honoured to play a role in building its very bright future

Paul Gerard, MD of Flanagan & Gerard

We have great confidence in the people and economies of South Africa’s rural areas and towns, which can be seen from our investment in an exciting portfolio of shopping centres in these areas. With this in mind, an award in this category is particularly meaningful for Vukile and we are thrilled to have played a part, together with our esteemed partners, in bringing Thavhani Mall to Thohoyandou and its people. While building a large mall can have big benefits for a small rural community and meaningful impacts on employment, retail services and their local economy, it is precisely these shopping centres that we are currently seeing outperform their peers in urban areas.

Itumeleng Mothibeli, incoming MD SA at Vukile