PICS: Inside Sasol’s new mega R2bn Sandton HQ

Johannesburg - Africa’s largest rooftop garden, a state-of-the art fitness centre, cafés and an art gallery are just a few features of Sasol’s new multi-billion rand head office in Sandton.

Over 2 000 staff at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed energy and chemicals company have moved into the new Sasol Place on Katherine Street in the last few weeks.

Sasol previously had 17 offices in Johannesburg.

But after considering 22 site proposals, the company in March 2013 selected the Sasol Pension Fund and its partners - the Elixir Trust and Alchemy Properties - to co-own, develop and lease the new head office in Katherine Street.

The 11-storey, 47m tall office complex has 67 000 square metres of rentable area, almost 100 000 square metres of basement parking for over 3 000 cars, and more than 3 000 square metres of landscaping. It cost approximately R2bn to construct.

It is also a 5 Star Green Star rated building, has four 1 850kva generators to provide 100% power redundancy, is self-shading to reduce energy costs and has indigenous plants.

Sasol Place further resides in South Africa’s biggest booming commercial property zone, with Discovery constructing its new mega head office just up the road in Sandton's Rivonia Road.

Sasol has said that it expects the project to return a significant positive value over 15 years. Moreover, about 90% of the spend on the development of the building is forecast to flow back into the economy, Sasol said.

Fin24 was invited to take a tour of the building on Tuesday and below are photographs displaying Sasol Place’s features.

Sasol Place is in Sandton's CBD, just a block down from the US Consulate and Sandton City. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

The building has achieved a green status in a bid to be eco-friendly. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

Just over 2 000 Sasol staff are set to occupy the new building. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

Sasol Place is now just one of many new glass towers that have sprung up in Sandton. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

The building is 11 floors high and has six levels of underground parking bays. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

Sasol says it plans to occupy the building over a "long-term" period. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

A state-of-the-art gym is available for employees as well. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

Sasol staff also have a number of eateries available at the facility. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

Staff having a lunch break at Sasol Place. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

Indigenous plants surround the new glass building. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

Sandton City as well as EY's recently opened Sandton office are just a few blocks away. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

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