Web Exclusive: 1 Protea Place in South Africa

by Alfredo Machado


Designed by Paragon Architects, 1 Protea Place is a commercial high rise in Sandton, South Africa. The building is comprised of seven parking levels, five of which are underground, and nine office levels that rise above the visible parking podium. The building’s footprint is composed of two towers enclosing a central atrium, set atop the heavier base of the parking levels. The two towers are linked by bridges spanning atrium space.

At the end of 2008, several companies offered their passenger-transportation solutions for the building, including ThyssenKrupp ELevator, Schindler, Otis, KONE and Mitsubishi. ThyssenKrupp Elevator (SA) (Pty.) Ltd., with the support of ThyssenKrupp Korea, offered an elevator solution taking into consideration the environment and the recovery of energy. WAC Consultants selected ThyssenKrupp Elevator to install six elevators. The technology, quality and assembly of materials, as well as delivery time, were also critical considerations made during the consultancy’s decision process.

The project had a one-and-a-half-year timeframe, which presented challenges for planners Murray & Roberts. However, the building was completed on time.


One firefighter elevator

Two glass elevators

Three elevators with interior shafts

Installation Characteristics

Lift Designation Lifts 1-5 Lift 6
Location Office building Office building
Type Passenger: platform and height: 1,950 X 1,750 X 2,300 mm Firefighter lift (only fire-rated doors): platform and height: 1,500 X 2,250 X 2,800 mm
Floor, stops and doors 16 floors, 16 stops and 16 doors per elevator 16 floors, 16 Stops and 16 doors per elevator
Speed 3.5 mps 2.5 mps
Capacity 1600 kg 1600 kg
Control Group Group of 1 Simplex
Drive mode Traction (TAC 50) Traction (MC2)
Drive system and door operator Variable-voltage, variable-frequency (VVVF) regulated VVVF regulated
Drive machine Gearless Gearless
Location of machine room Above shaft Above shaft
Travel height 51.2 m 51.2 m
Voice-announcement system
Yes Yes
Destination-selection control Yes No

Alfredo Machado works in Operations for ThyssenKrupp Elevator in Angola and South Africa. He has worked with the company since 2000 and has been supervisor Department Service Special Lifts in Lisbon, Portugal, and supervisor Department Service Special Lifts and branch manager, both in Porto, Portugal. In his early career, he worked for Schmitt + Shon Aufzug in manufacturing and operation. He studied engineering at the Instituto Politecnico Gaia.


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