The development incorporates plans to firstly, rehabilitate the existing fledgling wetland to pristine condition and thereafter, maintain the wetland and the portion of river that fronts onto the site, on an on-going basis.
From the onset of the project, the architects worked with an environmental consultant and the City of Joburg’s Environmental Management Department to ensure that the adjoining wetland is treated with importance and care.
A full study of the wetland was generated and documented, and through several design meetings with the Environmental Management Department, the building was repositioned and redesigned until it was well above the agreed wetland delineation line, with a substantial buffer zone between the two.
A site specific Environmental Management Plan was created that outlined how groundwater, flora and fauna would be protected both during and after construction, to ensure that the impact of the development would be minimal.
In addition, the developer has undertaken to use only indigenous landscaping within the site and to plant the roofs of the lower blocks to create a green roof of nearly 5000sqm, which reduces the net impact of the development of the site.