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Architect firm Paragon believes it has confirmed its standing as a leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice with the completion of several major projects in 2017. These included the Alice Lane precinct, Sasol Place and Discovery Health’s new head office, all based in the Sandton area.

Paragon positive about 2018 projectsThe company has secured a number of new projects for 2018, including a university campus, and is seeing more diverse projects with great design opportunities, according to Founding Director Henning Rasmuss. On-site projects outside of South Africa at present include the new 23-storey apartment tower in Nairobi known as The Habitat, and the nearby Crystal Rivers Mall.

Locally, Paragon has ongoing projects across the country, including The Modern in Cape Town, a mixed-use tower, and Katherine Towers in Sandton. The company has also been awarded the interiors for the new Deloitte head office in Sandton.

Paragon is also investing in large mixed-use projects in the Middle East, where its delivery and systems and speed of production gives it a substantial edge, Rasmuss says. “University campus work, churches, more student housing, and a very large hotel project in Ghana are all on the cards for 2018.”

“Paragon still has a substantial pipeline of continental African projects, many of which need more time to mature into construction sites. Completed work secures new work, and the completion of a few projects in 2018 will bring new clients to our door,” Rasmuss adds.

He points out that Paragon’s built portfolio showcases that it is a good business partner for the design and delivery of just about any building. “Last year saw us complete retail projects, student housing, data centres and schools, for example. More and more, master-planning is a market we are being asked to contribute to. Joint architecture and interior design projects are also of interest to a larger number of clients.”

Rasmuss says that Paragon is seeing an increasing number of smaller projects locally as a result of the challenging economic conditions. “These cycles are normal, and we have been through them before in our 20-year history. Different clients with different mandates thrive at different times. We built this business on great refurbishments, and we are partly back in the type of work that made us visible and noticed in the first place.”

He adds that this year’s opportunities include more educational and industrial work, in addition to public buildings and mixed-use projects. “Some of our more progressive clients are really becoming more interested in the spaces around their buildings. The impact of the completed Discovery Health campus will firmly establish the perception of Paragon being the top interior design business in the country,” Rasmuss concludes.

Image credit: http://www.paragon.co.za/content/henning-rasmuss

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