If you venture onto Stats SA’s website you will be met with a full-page notification that the stats body has moved into its new R1.4 billion offices in Pretoria.
Under construction since 2014, the new offices were a joint venture between government and JSE-listed Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO). Of the R1.4 billion construction cost, R600 million was supplied by government, with over R800 million coming from WBHO.
The tender to build the offices was won by Dipalopalo Consortium, of which WBHO is a shareholder. The other shareholders in the consortium are Vulindlela, Fikile and Crowie Concessions.
Nedbank Capital acted as the mandated lead arranger and funder of the project.
The building was designed by GLH Architects (who has done work on Multichoice’s offices and Rivonia Towers) and achieved a 4 Star – Green Star SA Office rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa.
It is expected to house about 3,000 Stats SA employees who currently occupy a number of buildings in Pretoria.
The land the new building occupies is a 60,000 square metre piece of government-owned property between Koch, 6th Street and Pretoria Station in Salvokop.
While the Stats SA staff have moved the building, it will only get its official opening in the coming weeks.
Here is a look at the building’s concept art, as well as how it looked under construction.