Pushing the boundaries and exceeding expectations, the new headquarters of Ernst & Young (EY) has created a unique addition to the Sandton skyline. Developed by Eris Property Group, designed by Boogertman + Partners and project managed by SIP Project Managers, it came down to superb teamwork to manage a difficult timeline and budget. “EY’s existing lease was terminating and the company needed new premises,” says SIP’s Rod Oosthuizen. “In order to meet an absolute deadline, new benchmarks in speed of construction and ‘out of the box’ thinking in doing things differently was imperative. Building began on 20 June 2012 and EY had to move and be operational by the end of November 2013.”
Adding to this challenge were unexpected and problematic soil conditions, a transport strike, a NUMSA strike and a complex architectural design. But the project was completed on time – and according to Oosthuizen, this was the result of having the right team in place. “The entire team had a can-do attitude,” he says. “Everyone was focused on what had to be done. Nothing was impossible and there was a unique spirit that permeated the team.” Otto Dreyer of Eris Property Group agrees that it comes down to having the right people and teams in place. “There is a big demand in Sandton for unique spaces and design,” he says. “This is driven by the demands of big tenants such as EY.
Developers need to get the right team in place to push design parameters. And with the aforementioned strikes, time constraints and budget constraints, 102 Rivonia certainly pushed the boundaries in all facets. It is of utmost importance to have a solutions-focused team – it is incredible what you can achieve when the team has the same mind-set. We pushed funding, aesthetics, design and innovation borders, and Eris and I are exceptionally proud of the team and the end product.”