In July 2014 Eris Property Group started the journey of what would become one of Sandton’s landmarks – the redevelopment of the existing Village Walk site into The Maude and Rivonia Corner (MARC) mixed-use development at 129 Rivonia Road, neighboured by the Balalaika and the Protea Hotels.
The office space at the development consists of two office towers; the first, taller tower has 17 floors, providing 27 000 m² of floor space, and the second office tower consists of 12 floors, providing a total of 35 000 m² of floor space. The MARC has 6.5 basement parking floors offering a total of 3 462 parking bays.
The MARC is unique in that the office towers and two-level retail development have been incorporated into one development, with the retail section situated on ground floor and the office towers on top of the retail section.
This complex project was divided into several phases, commencing with supporting the site walls of the neighbouring hotels, followed by geotechnical, earthworks and demolition services. Zutari was responsible for the supervision of the cutting team during the separation of the basement from the existing structures.
Other works involving the surrounding buildings included civil engineering, which was critical for the neighbours to continue their day-to-day business uninterrupted. These included creating emergency walkways for safe passage to and from all the surrounding hotels, and relocating stormwater and sewerage pipes.
The MARC is unique in that the office towers and two-level retail development have been incorporated into one development.
Cutting-edge design techniques were adopted to simplify the complex design of the inclined columns and their associated slabs.
Zutari’s design team incorporated inclined columns to take account of the changed column grid between the parking and office levels. This allowed for the exclusion of a transfer structure and effected significant savings to the project. Cutting-edge design techniques were adopted to simplify the complex design of the inclined columns and their associated slabs, as well as for the columns in the second tower, which follow the shape of the façade to maximise the useable floor space.
The Marc was designed and constructed to be environmentally sustainable. The development achieved a 5-Star Green Star SA rating, an independent rating awarded by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the environmentally sustainable design (ESD), construction and management of a building.
*The Aurecon Africa business has been officially renamed Zutari as at 21 July 2020. Zutari acquired Aurecon Middle East on 20 November 2020.