R26 million face lift for accountancy offices

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International accountancy firm Grant Thornton is giving its Johannesburg offices a R26 million face lift.

“The Willows” in the Wanderers Office Park will be renamed within the next couple of months and is scheduled for completion in March this year.

The development is set to be the Johannesburg office’s solely-owned premises and will bring Grant Thornton’s 500 Johannesburg-based employees under one roof for the first time since Grant Thornton & PKF’s Johannesburg operations merged in July 2013. The office space of 11000sqm is located over three
floors.

Turner & Townsend, the global programme management and construction consultancy, will support renovations to the existing building, including an upgrade to the exterior, and will oversee the rollout of the interior’s fit-out.

On completion staff and tenants – including Grant Thornton investee companies, ORCA and Prism – will benefit from two lifts, open plan office space, large communal atrium areas and greenery, with a touch of purple throughout – this being the corporate colour of Grant Thornton.

Andrew Hannington, CEO at Grant Thornton said the new office will be a milestone in the history of the firm. “The partners and directors of our firm will become proud
owners of their premises for the very first time.”