Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 - Page 12

PROJECTWATCH PROPOSED, CURRENT AND FUTURE PROJECTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA AND ABROAD OXFORD PARKS, ROSEBANK, JOHANNESBURG Oxford Parks is a vibrant expression of cosmopolitan Rosebank – with new head office and living opportunities within walking distance of the Gautrain, Rosebank retail, hospitality and entertainment. Named because of its proximity to Oxford Road and its position in the heart of ‘the parks’ in Johannesburg, Oxford Parks provides the perfect position to those aspiring to a location that provides them with an urban lifestyle designed to promote their ‘Live, Work, Play’ aspirations. It is bounded by the following feeding roads: Oxford Road, Rosebank Road, Cradock Avenue and Bompas Road. The vision for the Oxford Parks deve- lopment is one of a vibrant mixed-use precinct, comprising upmarket green star rated offices (A & P Grade), apartments & penthouses, as well as niche supporting retail and cafés, all situated within an exceptionally high-quality, privately managed and walkable public environment, embracing character, history and archi- tectural design which combine to offer a uniquely compelling urban place. Oxford Parks includes the development of a new urban form mixing in an open environ- ment with pedestrian linkages at a human scale. The medium rise development, with large floor plates, fosters and supports corporate community integration, teamwork and collaboration whilst still affording selective modulation for individual identity and team association around business 12 units. The building forms an integrated part of the public environment and is designed to enhance passive surveillance over the public areas and active ownership of the public environment. Oxford Parks is also one of the pilot projects of the GBCSA for the development of the South African Communities rating tool to be used for the rating of all future precinct/ community projects. The Public Realm Manual is testimony to the exceptional care and attention given to the design of the precinct. Oxford Parks will be a privately managed city improvement district and will become a formal City Improvement District in due course. Included in the public infra- structure rollout will be a new Boulevard conne