Sandton Central is a growing showcase of innovative urban management in Africa
Sandton Central, as South Africa’s cosmopolitan centre of commerce and culture, will introduce several groundbreaking urban management innovations in the coming months – all cutting-edge ways to optimise the quality of life in today’s demanding world. More mixed-use development, flexible people-friendly and eco-friendly co-working spaces and the safety of CCTV cameras are among the growing trends that can be seen in Africa’s financial capital. Sandton Central Management District (SCMD) City Improvement ManagerElaine Jack, says, “Sandton Central is constantly evolving, growing, improving and innovating for those who live, work, invest, shop, stay and play here.” More mixed-use and residential developments Sandton Centralhas built a reputation as the country’s vibrant businesses hub at the forefront of office and working trends, which are now more integrated with other property uses than ever before. “Mixed-use development is on the rise in Sandton Central. This pleasing trend encourages a healthier lifestyle and supports greater personal balance by creating a live, work and play environment. We are also seeing more residential buildings being developed in Sandton Central in line with the City of Joburg’s vision to create accessible living spaces closer to economic hubs,” explains Jack. She continues, “With theinevitable increasing migration of people to cities all over the world we need to continuously densify our cities to shorten the travelling time to places of work and economic opportunities. Residential properties – both to rent and for sale – located in or near business districts, especially in Sandton Central and surrounds, remain ever-popular. People want to live close to where they work or near major public transport hubs, such as the Gautrain Stations.” Moreflexible workspace The way that businesses and people work is also changing, and flexible workspace is also another revolution which is being seen in Sandton Central and around the world. According to international real estate company CBRE, the global market for flexible offices has tripled in size since 2006 and is growing at around 13% each year. This growth in flexible office space is reflected within Sandton Central which is already home local leaders in co-working communities Workshop17 as well as the co-working spaces of The Business Exchange, FutureSpace and others. “We expect flexible office space to continue to mushroom in Sandton Central. This movement is good for business and workers, and it’s good for the environment too. It cuts down on commuting time and can save millions of tonnes of carbon emissions each year,” notes Jack. New CCTVcameras This year, its CCTV (closed-circuit television) project is the management district’s biggestso far.“Safety and security have become critical for a node to continue to thrive and attract continuous investments,” says Jack. Details of the project have yet to be announced, but the cameras will help to create a safer environment and monitor criminal behaviourin Sandton Central by being a potential crime deterrent and helping in crime detection. Cameras will operate in areas with a higher risk forantisocial and criminal behaviour.