Paragon Architects, established in October 1997, is an internationally-active African design business, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the originator of the Paragon Group of design businesses, delivering commercial architecture, master planning, interior design and space planning to visionary clients in all property sectors.
As a Group we are committed to Africa, and believe in the future of its cities. Our roots are here. We have much to offer. We are able and agile, and actively participate in the continent’s urban and human development. Paragon is flexible and diverse in its approach to design. Each project is unique and is not driven by style, but by lifestyle and a response to user needs. Elegant and efficient planning form the core of our designs. We understand the needs of our clients, and know how to generate ever new architectural forms in a competitive property market.
We are known for hands-on engagement with all opportunities present in the modern global building industry. The true measure of our skill is our ability to engage at all levels and with all players that make up the colourful world of construction and property development. Our buildings look forward. We embrace the future, because we will be a part of it – part of its problems and responsibilities, and part of its great freedoms and achievements.
Paragon Group Environmental Policy : 2017
The Paragon Group, at a strategic review Think Tank held in February 2017 attended by all Directors and Associates, adopted this Environmental Policy for all Group companies.
We as top management believe that Paragon Group has a responsibility to lead by example and recognise that the product of our designs will have a much larger environmental impact than our own operations.
We are aware that expectations and obligations are placed on Paragon Group to contribute to a better quality of life for all by reducing and managing our impact on the environment.
We recognise that through the projects we design and commission we have the ability to inspire the implementation of sustainable principles, thereby influencing long-term decision making and the ability of individuals to make sustainable choices on a daily basis.
We are therefore further committed to apply best practices, initiatives and our professional knowledge in a manner that will reduce and minimise the environmental footprint of the end-product as far as possible within the instruction received from our clients.
We drive the culture of good common-sense design decision making, to lay a positive foundation for good quality decision making. We endeavor to integrate the consideration of environmental concerns and impacts into all our decision making and activities to ensure a sustainable end- product. Paragon Group aims to influence our clients to aim for sustainable options when considering resources. Our membership with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) and in-house Accredited Professionals assist us to fulfill this role.
We are hereby committed to achieve our objectives by:
- Reducing carbon emissions.
- Reducing energy consumption.
- Reducing demand on raw materials and natural resources.
- Reducing waste and by-products.
- Producing sustainable buildings which aim to meet recognised environmental standards.
Operations in the Group
At an operational level, we aim to reduce and minimise the environmental footprint of our operations by implementing these operational measures:
We are committed through our daily operations to:
- Reduce carbon emissions. Reduce energy consumption.
- Reduce demand on raw materials and natural resources.
- Reduce waste and by-products.
- Reduce the environmental footprint of our operations Aim to ensure sustainable operations.
We are fully committed to the continual improvement of our organisation’s own management practices and performance.
Paragon Group will communicate this Environmental Policy within the organisation and make it available to interested parties.
We will review our Environmental Policy on an annual basis to reflect changing conditions and to ensure it remains maintained and documented.
Paragon Group comprises three divisions: Paragon Architects, Paragon Interface and Paragon Architects South Africa.
We understand architecture as craft. Our work is driven by true passion for the process of architecture. We embrace technology and all it offers as the enabling connector between architecture and other design disciplines. We invest in technology and in the people who want to master it.
Acknowledged as an innovator and thought leader in commercial architecture in South Africa, Paragon Architects has learnt from Angola since 2002, Brazil since 2003, Uganda since 2005, Rwanda since 2007, Kenya since 2010, and Namibia, Botswana, eSwatini, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, DRC, Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal, Ethiopia and Morocco since 2012.
Paragon Interface is an internationally active space planning and interior architecture business based in Johannesburg, South Africa. We deliver a complete range of corporate workspace designs and implementation services for ambitious and innovative clients. The company has been part of the Paragon Group since 2002, when it was acquired as a going concern from its original owners.
Our completed work includes workplace solutions for major Financial Services clients, such as Barclays Bank, Barclays Capital, ABSA Bank Limited, ABSA Capital, Stanlib, Standard Chartered, Alexander Forbes, Credit Suisse, and ongoing work for major legal practices such as Norton Rose. We have ongoing work from some of the South Africa’s top developers and property funds, and have implemented projects for Total Coal and General Electric. The company has also been part of multi-disciplinary teams undertaking portfolio-wide multi-year space rationalization and consolidation strategies for financial sector clients.
PARAGON ARCHITECTS SOUTH AFRICA
Paragon Architects South Africa (Pty) Ltd is a dynamic and innovative local South African business unit of the Paragon Group of design businesses. The company is a full-service architectural practice offering a complete range of design, documentation and contract management services across a range of project types. Our work ranges from corporate head offices to retail centres, and from leisure projects to industrial projects as well as Local and National Government projects. Some of our most complex and challenging projects have been building refurbishment projects throughout the inner city of Johannesburg and surrounds.
Paragon Architects South Africa (Pty) Ltd has a Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment rating of LEVEL 2 under the Construction Industry Transformation Charter. The company is 51% black South African-owned by Thulani Sibande, who was appointed to this position in November 2012.