The construction of Standard Bank’s new headquarters in Rosebank is well under way.This 11 storey building is spread over an entire block bounded by Oxford and Cradock, Bolton and Baker Roads. At present the builders are trying to pour concrete from inside the excavation, but this will only continue to be possible if it does not rain and only for the next month and half. Thereafter they will be pouring concrete and unloading trucks from the road and possible lane closures will be necessary almost daily. The trucks will take a few hours to unload; or it may take the whole day.
Standard Bank is just one development underway in Rosebank which is set to take off particulalry when the Gautrain station opens in August 2011. Lael Bethlehem (who used to head up Johannebsurg Development Agency) says: ‘Rosebank has huge potential for a mixed-use type of environment, especially if it had more green spaces. It’s got much more pedestrian space than Sandton, for instance, which is more car-friendly.’
We will try and use Oxford road as much as possible, we will also use Craddock avenue’s parking bays so as to avoid closing of lanes to try and minimise the disturbance to the traffic.