Nedbank Menlyn Maine, a 4-star rated green property in Pretoria, South Africa’s first ever ‘green’ precinct, was officially opened earlier this month.
The property serves as the banking group’s regional head office in Pretoria and is also the third building that Nedbank occupies to achieve the sought after 4-Star Green Star Rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
Nedbank Menlyn Maine measures 16 400 square metres.
Of 613 parking bays, 32 are reserved for fuel-efficient vehicles (such as hybrids, registered car pools), with another 32 bays reserved for motorcycles, mopeds and scooters. There are 53 parking spaces for bicycles – also male and female shower/change-room facilities, 17 parking spaces for visitors’ bicycles are also provided.
Nedbank Menlyn Maine represents a tangible extension of Nedbank’s vision to be a ‘green’ leader in South Africa, says the bank.
This vision saw the bank integrally involved in the development of the entire Menlyn Maine precinct, to transform what was previously a low-density residential area into a multi-functional and environmentally-friendly green complex comprising commercial, residential, retail and hospitality spaces, all established around a common green area in the heart of urban Tshwane.
According to Nedbank Group chief executive, Mike Brown, the innovative design and construction of the property represents tangible proof of the group’s desire to entrench environmental sustainability across all operations thereby making Nedbank a great place to work, bank and invest.
Brown explains that in making things happen for its clients, Nedbank’s 16 premises scattered throughout the city of Tshwane are now consolidated into a single campus significantly lowering the group’s carbon impact.
Nedbank clients are offered an integrated, holistic banking experience through central access to Nedbank Wealth, Nedbank Business Banking, Nedbank Corporate, Nedbank Capital as well as private and individual banking with a branch located inside the building.
The building boasts an extensive array of green design and construction features ranging from intelligent lighting that adjusts according to the brightness of external light, automatic air quality monitoring systems that deliver fresh air without the need for mechanical air conditioning, thermal storage for reduced energy heating, and a variety of water collection, storage, distribution and saving systems.
The building has even been designed to promote an environmentally-aware culture among its inhabitants through the inclusion of a dedicated recycling centre, bicycle parking and shower facilities as well as designated parking bays for hybrid vehicles.
One of 16 green cities worldwide
This integrated sustainability focus saw Menlyn Maine included in the Clinton Climate Initiative as one of 16 green cities to be developed worldwide. The initiative is headed by former US President Bill Clinton, and forms part of the Climate Positive Development Programme.
“As Africa’s first carbon neutral financial services organisation, Nedbank Group remains dedicated to proactively finding new ways to reduce its carbon footprint and lessen its impact on the environment.”
He adds that this building represents another step forward on the bank’s integrated sustainability journey.