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Inland Branch: The CSSA Members visit the site of the iconic PwC Tower Block


Members of the Inland Branch of the Concrete Society were treated to a site visit recently to view the construction of the PwC office tower in Waterfall City.

The new R1.5 billion high-rise head office for PwC comprises 40 000 m2 of modern offices, designed to house 3 500 PwC employees in an efficient and optimally designed workplace. It will also have 6 levels of basement parking, and will be the first high-rise within Waterfall City.

Following a presentation by Kobus Prinsloo, Contracts Manager with the main contractor WBHO, the visitors were given an extensive tour of the structure including a 10-storey climb inside the building.

The completed ‘core’ of the building, which utilised 3,500 m3 of concrete, and was constructed using a 172-ton sliding shutter, will house 9 lift shafts.

The office structure around this is at the 15th floor level out of 26 floors in total. At the time of visiting, 40 000 m3 of concrete had been used out of the estimated total of 79 000 m3. The 36-month project is scheduled for completion early in 2018.

The building is designed to conform to the internationally recognised LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver standard. LEED is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighbourhoods.

The height of the new PwC Tower and the fact that it is situated on a high point in Waterfall City will make it the tallest structure on the corridor between the Sandton and Pretoria/Tshwane CBDs. The PwC Tower will be visible from almost anywhere within a 30km radius.

At the end of the tour, Vice-Chairman of the Inland Branch and organiser of the visit, Johan van Wyk, on behalf of all those present, expressed sincere thanks to WBHO for allowing the tour to take place and to view some excellent concrete construction and finish.


Visitors receive safety instructionsVisitors receive safety instructions
Not easy to photograph such a tall structureNot easy to photograph such a tall structure

Excellent concrete finishes exhibitedExcellent concrete finishes exhibited

View of Mall of Africa from the 10th floorView of Mall of Africa from the 10th floor
Steel tubing from 8 m to 21 m act as ties to the adjacent craneSteel tubing from 8 m to 21 m act as ties to the adjacent crane

Inland Branch committee President and CEO attended the site visitInland Branch committee President and CEO attended the site visit

The 30 degree twist caused complex structural challengesThe 30 degree twist caused complex structural challenges
Start of the 10 storey climb for the visitorsStart of the 10 storey climb for the visitors

10 floors up and the wind is howling10 floors up and the wind is howling

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