Zenprop / Growthpoint - Discovery Head Quarters

Our pioneer longterm construction timelapse project is done! The long-awaited Discovery Head Quarter in Sandton is finally completed and so is the video. With three cameras running since April 2014, Timelapse SA has been capturing the progress of this project everyday until March 2018.
With over 16 TB of data, more than 650 000 still images captured, producing around 9 hours of footage, this surely was a production of epic proportions!

The new Discovery head office in Sandton is one of the most iconic buildings in Sandton today and has received a 5-star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa. One Discovery Place was developed in joint venture by Growthpoint Properties and Zenprop Holdings and is one of the largest and greenest office buildings in Africa.

With various awards form the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), among others in 2019 such as top honours in the Interiors and Office Developments for the Corporate category, it was also named the Overall Winner.

History in the making, like never seen before.
What a monumental task!

Some interesting stats on the development:

  • Demolitions started in February 2014
  • Excavated soil and rock - 100,000 m3 = 12,000 swimming pools = 100,000 truck trips
  • Excavation depth 36m, which holds 200,000m2 of parking = 20 rugby fields
  • 12,700 ton of reinforcing steel = 22 A380 Airbuses
  • 20,000 concrete truck deliveries
  • 7 tower cranes on site
  • Gross building area - Approximately 320 000m²
  • Office GLA area - 116 594m²
  • Façade area - 29 000m²
  • Atrium roof area - 2700m²
  • Atrium and concourse balustrades - 3 495 m
  • Total volume of earthworks - 569 000 m3
  • Total area of Lateral support walls - 15 392 m2
  • Total volume of concrete - 132 000 m3
  • Total tonnage of reinforced steel - 14 178t
  • Lifts - 35x
  • Escalators - 20x
  • Parking - Nine stories underground basement
  • Roof recreational areas ,including a 6-a-side soccer court and multi sports court 6700m²


Produced by: TimeLapse SA
Directed by: Joe Louw / Jonelle Louw
DP: Joe Louw
Offline editing & grading: Jonelle Louw
Online editing & Graphics: Handmade Media - Handmade Media