Deloitte Africa, Atterbury Property and Attacq Limited jointly celebrated the start of construction on Deloitte’s iconic new Africa headquarters, with a sod-turning ceremony onsite at Waterfall City. The 42 500 sqm ultra?modern offices are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, and Deloitte plans to begin operating from its new base from April 2020.

New Deloitte Africa HQ commences developmentFrom left: Louis van der Watt, Morne Wilken and Mike Jarvis.

Atterbury, a leading South African property investment and development business, and JSE?listed premier property company, Attacq, are co?owners in a 50/50 joint venture on the development of the new Deloitte premises. While bulk earthworks for the project began in October this year, this sod?turning ceremony signifies the official commencement of development. Continuing with their flair for creating flagship corporate head offices and top quality real estate assets for leading national and international blue?chip businesses, Atterbury CEO Louis van der Watt believes that their deep understanding of Deloitte’s operational business needs will ensure the project’s success in the years ahead.

Van der Watt comments: “Deloitte’s new offices will see them enjoy an excellent position in the sought?after location of Waterfall, Gauteng. Here, they will consolidate their operations in the region in a central location. This development will not only provide Deloitte with room to grow as a business, but also be an asset that supports them in attracting new talent and continuing to serve their expanding market.”

The new premises will consolidate Deloitte’s current Woodmead and Pretoria offices into a single central location at Waterfall.

“We are very excited about our new custom-designed headquarters for Deloitte Africa in what is clearly a sought-after corporate destination,” says Mike Jarvis, Chief Operating Officer at Deloitte Africa. “This new centre of operation gears our Africa Firm to attract the best talent, serve our expanding market, and consolidate approximately 3 700 of our people to make an even greater impact with our clients and communities.

The building, which will enjoy prime positioning alongside the Allandale interchange of the N1 highway, has space capacity for close to 5,000 people and promises Deloitte prominent highway frontage at the eastern side of Waterfall City as well as its clients and talent easy and quick access to its premises.

The landmark development consists of a ground floor with six stories of offices and four basement parking levels including nearly 2 000 parking bays. Architecture practice Aevitas designed the new Deloitte headquarters to comply with a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Rating on completion.

Deloitte’s new environmentally innovative workspace has been designed to create an inspiring atmosphere that promotes productivity and well‐being. The building will also be cost effective and play its part in mitigating the effects of climate change.

Morne Wilken, CEO of Attacq concludes, “We are thrilled that Deloitte chose Waterfall City for the location of its new Africa headquarters. For Deloitte – and the other blue-chip corporate offices under construction or already in operation here – the benefits of Waterfall’s modern infrastructure, physical proximity to transport access routes and amenities, coupled with the very best in urban design, is rapidly positioning Waterfall as Gauteng’s business destination of choice. We are proud to welcome Deloitte to our world-class City.