Waverley Office Park opening early 2010

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With its prime position at the intersection of Corlett Drive and the M1 Highway, the landmark R500 million Waverley Office Park development has been designed to seamlessly fuse the elements of its surroundings to create a positive work environment

Waverley Office Park is being developed by New Order Investments, a joint venture between respected property developers and investors Vlaming (Pty) Limited, Devcon Projects (Pty) Limited and Top-Flite Properties (Pty) Limited.  Vlaming and Devcon are also the developers of Cedar Office Estate in Fourways.

The first phase of Waverley Office Park is scheduled for completion in February 2010 when the first tenants will take occupation. It comprises a prime office block, which will be the ‘flagship building’ for Waverley Office Park.

Designed by Messaris Wapenaar Partnership Consulting Architects, the vision for Waverley Office Park was to create a visually striking building with layers and depth. It was also essential to maximise on the positive elements of the site and its surrounds. 

“Waverley Office Park is a AAA grade building centrally located between the highway and surrounding residential areas. We wanted to create a space that draws from the energetic node whilst having the pleasure of a more natural setting.” says Jan Vlaming of Vlaming (Pty) Ltd.  

This vision led to the horse-shoe shape of the building. This design creates an enclave and level of privacy for office tenants from the busy surrounding intersections.  Terraces that appear on the ground and lower ground floor assist in allowing users to interact with the outdoor spaces located within the office park.  The building is easily visible and striking to maximise on it’s location in a busy node, whilst not being imposing from the inside.

Various elements have been incorporated into the design to absorb and deflect noise without affecting the tenants. In this way, the office park acts as a transition zone between the bustling highway and leafy residential zones. The external layers of the building consist of curved facades punched with narrow vertical windows which are strategically placed to assist with the elimination of noise distraction. This also helps create depth of separation from busy streets to create a greater level of privacy. Corner windows add dimension to the building and allow beautiful scenic views of surrounding parks, as well as the energy point of Corlett Drive. This in turn creates a comfortable work environment.

“Waverley Office Park is located in a prime location.” says John Greve of Devcon. 
“The site is located close to new BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) route and the M1 highway. Corporate tenants can gain maximum benefits from the great highway frontage.  There is also excellent visibility accessibility from Corlett Drive.  The office park is in close proximity to Melrose Arch and its surrounding business node.”

This landmark office park comprises two symmetrical buildings linked by an arch, which serves as the focal point of the building. 
The arch, which is tiled with high-grade porcelain tiles, serves as a welcoming and directional element to visitors. Entry to the office park is through an under-stated gatehouse, and visitors are welcomed by an array of indigenous trees. 

The base of the building is also tiled with high grade porcelain tiles, creating a heavy base. The building achieves a slick and modern feel through the use of a glazed curtain walls on outside corners of building. Adding to the appearance of the curtain wall glazing are horizontal sunscreens, which also enhance the energy efficiency of the building.

After consulting interior designers it was decided that the interior should feature a neutral palette and background with focal areas. High grade finishes were incorporated, and will set the tone for the rest of the development

Waverley Office Park offers security and ample parking, with surface and three levels of basement parking.  It will also feature green outdoor spaces for tenants to enjoy. 

The introduction of natural materials i.e. stone will help re-enforce the natural setting.  A pond will be created within the development as a means of attenuating stormwater. Although the attenuation of stormwater was first seen as a challenge, the pond now offers an opportunity to create an area that will enhance the outdoor space of the office park.
“Every element of its surroundings and the maximisation of opportunities were taken into account when Waverley Office Park was designed.” says Vlaming.  “Waverley Office Park will offer the perfect environment for a harmonious and productive workplace

Publisher: eProp
Source: Vlaming/Devcon

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