At the recent South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) 2015 conference, Empowered Spaces Architects the architects of the new WestconGroup Southern Africa building, received the prestigious award for the Best Industrial Development in South Africa.
The highly coveted SAPOA awards are designed to recognise the importance of property development to the South African economy and community, and as a result honours property innovators, developers, owners and built environment professionals who, through the quality of their products, have contributed significantly to the enhancement of the industry.
After a stringent judging criteria and facing fierce competition, WestconGroup Southern Africa building, which was designed and architected by Jonathan Leibowitz from Empowered Spaces Architects, was nominated as a finalist in the Commercial Office Developments category, taking the award as the Best Industrial Development in South Africa on the night.
“We are delighted to be the custodians of the building that has received the SAPOA award just six months after moving into our new offices and warehouses,” states Paul Conradie, CEO at WestconGroup Southern Africa. “Our brief was always to create an aesthetic environment that was built for purpose, housed state of the art facilities, and would provide our staff and customers a pleasant and welcoming work environment in which we could conduct business. This award stands as a testament to the fact that our architects Empowered Spaces, and in particular Jonathan Leibowitz, managed to achieve exactly this,” he adds.
The WestconGroup Southern Africa offices boast an impressive 4000 square metre warehouse and 3,500 square metre offices and is located in the highly desirable Waterfall Estate Office Park in Midrand, providing excellent access to Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Airport, and a direct link to all major highways in the Gauteng province.
As it was designed around the desire to provide customers with the full IT distribution experience, it has a customer experience centre, extensive training facilities, including an executive training room, main training room and an auditorium. All of its training rooms are fully equipped with only the best technologies as well as full in-house catering service.
As the central hub and head office for the Southern Africa region, its 4000 square metre warehouse boasts an integrated state of the art security system, 189 bays of racking, each rack’s frame is 7,8 metres tall and there are over 408 bins available for the storage of small parts. Further adding to the value-added distribution experience, Westcon has also added four prep rooms, situated alongside the warehouse where partners can prep equipment on behalf of their customers.
A customer services facility adjoins the warehouse and offers direct vehicle access for customers looking for more convenient collections and drop offs, which then doubles up as the 24-hour access area for its backup store facility.
Other notable office spaces include three video conferencing rooms, a canteen, and entertainment areas, all of which are designed to drive the company’s desire to be an employer of choice in the distribution landscape.
“We are exceptionally proud of our offices and have to date received excellent feedback from our vendor partners and customers who are making extensive use of our facilities. We would like to thank all involved in helping us create the Westcon experience, including the developers Atterbury who pulled out all the stops in helping us secure our desired location, as well as facilitated the management of the construction with our internal teams led by Elmien Du Toit.
“Then of course the real kudos need to go to our architect Jonathan Leibowitz from Empowered Spaces Architects who is the true hero in this project and we want to congratulate him on winning the award for the Best Industrial Development in South Africa,” ends Conradie.