Nov 19, 2019


With a rooftop running track, indigenous garden, gym and several light-filled atria, Discovery’s new headquarters in Sandton is at the cutting edge of planet and people-friendly commercial real estate. The brainchild of Growthpoint Properties and Zenprop Property Holdings, the R3billion mega-development took 36 months to complete and Plascon was proud to be a paint partner to this prestigious project.

1 Discovery Place

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Designed by Boogertman & Partners and Paragon Interface, the Discovery building is one of Africa’s largest and greenest office buildings. Encased in a curvaceous glass façade, the building boasts nine levels, 150 000m² of gross floor area and 24 rugby fields of underground parking. With a five-star green star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa, the project gave Plascon the perfect opportunity to flex their green paint muscle. Plascon’s Specifications Manager Samandy Reddy says: “This building makes a bold architectural statement and endorses our eco-friendly products which make use of many locally sourced raw materials.”

As a member of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), Plascon has a wide range of Premium and Professional Products that are Eco-kind with low VOC levels compliant with the GBCSA standards for green building ratings. For Discovery’s interior walls, Professional Low Sheen Acrylic was used across 30 colours in shades of grey, off-whites and stone-green. “This durable and washable product with low VOC emissions is perfect for an office development ensuring a hygienic working environment,” comments Reddy.

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The new Discovery building flaunts its curves on the inside and the outside to become one of South Africa’s most identifiable and iconic buildings.

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Plascon’s challenge was supplying coatings for nine floors of underground parking. Reddy explains: “This was the first time we’d painted such a deep excavation where high humidity levels and water rising up from the lower basements caused measle corrosion of the sprinkler pipes.” To counteract the challenge Plascon Plascotuff 3000 Surface Tolerant Epoxy with excellent corrosion resistance was specified for the mild steel pipes. “This two-component, high-build epoxy is excellent for steel application and can withstand the harshest environmental conditions,” adds Reddy. Extra training was also provided for coating of the basement sprinkler pipes.

Light and space define this iconic people-centric building which encourages motion and connection. Reddy sums up: “Working on this high-profile project has tested our skills and expertise and we have successfully risen to the challenge. Projects like this demonstrate Africa’s potential and we are grateful to have been part of this incredible team.”

1 Discovery Place Sandton

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