Breaking 'grund' on new R100 million cutting-edge facility

Posted On Thursday, 26 January 2012 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Grundfos currently occupying a Growthpoint Properties office and warehouse building in Bedfordview is expected to take occupation of its new facility which it also played a role in designing

Growth PointMultinational group Grundfos, one of the world's leading pump manufacturers, will soon have a new R100 million state-of-the-art facility in South Africa.

Custom developed for Grundfos by Growthpoint Properties Limited, the new building will span a significant 10,000sqm, with expansion possibilities. The tailor-made structure comprises 2,500sqm offices and 7,500sqm high-tech, high-spec warehousing for Grundfos’ South African business.

Grundfos is the world's largest manufacturer of circulator pumps, covering around 50% of the world market for these pumps. It also produces other centrifugal pumps for industry, water supply, waste water and dosing. Grundfos operates in over 40 offices worldwide and has been in South Africa for the past 14 years. Grundfos South Africa is responsible for sales in 45 other African countries.

In turn, Growthpoint Properties is the largest South African listed property company, with property assets valued over R35 billion found throughout South Africa.

This transaction further cements the association between the two companies. Grundfos currently occupies a Growthpoint Properties office and warehouse building in Bedfordview. It’s expected to take occupation of its new facility in early 2013 on a long-term lease.

Grundfos’ new facility will be superbly located in Meadowbrook, Germiston - an established industrial node that provides excellent access to transport arterials and electricity. Warehousing and offices will be consolidated in a single property at the new facility. This strategic move provides many benefits for Grundfos, including improved productivity and cost savings.

Grundfos’s new SA head office will also be a groundbreaking green building, applying sustainable development practices.

“Sustainable development is a key concept at Grundfos,” says Jonathan Hamp-Adams, General Manager Grundfos Africa. “It is vital that our pumps display respect for the environment, especially energy consumption and use of materials. We expect the same of our production facilities. They should place as little strain as possible on our surroundings and the environment.”

Growthpoint Properties, SA’s leader in leasable green business space, will develop an environmentally-innovative facility for Grundfos. Growthpoint has developed two of only 10 buildings in SA to receive Green Building Council of SA Green Star (GBCSA) certification so far. It also leads the real estate sector in carbon disclosure in Africa. It’s also in the JSE’s Socially Responsible Investment Index (SRI Index) for the third consecutive year for positive environmental, social and economic sustainability practices and corporate governance.

“The results of Growthpoint Properties’ strong push in energy-efficiency and green building will be applied at Grundfos’ new building – from design to construction and operation,” says Growthpoint Properties Industrial Division Head, Engelbert Binedell.

Demolition of the disused building on site will start in February 2012 with extensive recycling of materials for reuse in the development. The design and construction incorporate the best international standards, adapted to South African conditions  from orienting the building to energy efficient lighting, motion sensors and rainwater harvesting.

“The intent is to develop a high tech industrial facility that is at the forefront of green building design and sustainability,” says Leon Labuschagne of Growthpoint Properties Development Division. “It’s important to Growthpoint to apply the sustainable design and create excellent functionality. It will incorporate the latest specifications in building design: flat floors, high-lift roller shutter doors, backup electricity supply, as well as recreation and entertainment facilities.”
Grundfos also contributed its specialist expertise to the building’s design.
“In a continent like Africa where one of the major problems is access to clean drinking water, it is clear to see why the Grundfos priority area is water supply,” says Hamp-Adams. “Focus is also placed on commercial building services, industry and wastewater.”

This focus will be applied to Grundfos’ own building.  It will feature solar driven pumps including the new CRflex booster pump and in-line circulators to save not only energy but water as well, this will be used to showcase their pumps in real working conditions for customers to see pumps at work.

“In developing our new centre of operations, we aim to be responsible, think ahead and innovate  in the same way we strive to do all business,” says Hamp-Adams.

Last modified on Saturday, 09 November 2013 10:22

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