Absa Towers West has opened in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The building, one of the most environmentally-friendly in the country, is Absa’s new head office.
It houses more than 3,800 colleagues and incorporates best practice in green architecture. Through a self-sufficient gas energy centre, the building is expected to deliver significant reductions in energy consumption.
Absa Towers West was opened on Monday this week at an event attended by Barclays Chief Executive Bob Diamond and Lord Green, the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment. The two men were part of a trade delegation to South Africa led by British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Maria Ramos, Group Chief Executive, Absa, said: “The new building, located in Troye Street, is one that sets standards in terms of sustainability and corporate citizenship – two elements that form an integral part of Barclays and Absa’s strategies.
“This is a truly positive indication of the interest and commitment to Africa by both Barclays, our majority shareholder, and the UK.
“In many ways, Absa Towers West represents the vision we have at Barclays and Absa for the future.”
Absa is majority-owned by Barclays.