[LISTEN] The concept behind The Leonardo - Sandton's new skyscraper

The Leonardo in Sandton looks set to become the tallest building in Africa at 233 metres, surpassing the Carlton Centre's 223 metres.

The mixed-use development with 55 storeys will also include a sky deck.

The luxury development has been hard to miss for anyone travelling close to Sandton, as the building has steadily increased in height over the past few months.

Azania spoke to CEO of Co-Arc International Architects Patrick McInerney to find out more about the project and the concept behind it.

It is going to be the tallest building in Africa. It is really a statement about the future of the country because nobody has done anything of a similar nature for a very long time.

Patrick McInerney, CEO - Co-Arc International Architects

The fact that this development is built in the hole of a development that had previously failed, sort of suggests that it takes a lot of courage in this economic environment to do this. It is amazing that the client placed his trust in a South African team to develop it. Working on the project at the moment, there are about 2 000 to 3 000 people, but I would imagine, if one does a little bit of math, one would get to about 18 to 20 000 jobs that have been created by the project.

Patrick McInerney, CEO - Co-Arc International Architects

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