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Architectural body seeks to reignite recognition of prior learning scheme

By: Dylan Slater     20th January 2017 Architectural professionals’ regulatory body the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (Sacap) announced the unveiling of its new online platform that will launch its re-ignited Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme – a component of the council’s plan to realise... 

New Johannesburg Council Chamber to allow for greater public participation in governance

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2016 The new R340-million Johannesburg Council Chamber building, which is expected to be complete in March next year, will boast dedicated seats for the public and media. Joburg Property Company (JPC) property development senior manager Alan Dinnie on Tuesday told journalists attending a media tour... 

Lite-C sensors allow for reduction in electricity bills

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 Energy efficiency solutions provider Magnet Energy has developed, designed and manufactured the Lite-C wireless lighting control system, which allows for a reduction in electricity bills of up to 43%. 

Lite-C sensors allow  for reduction in  electricity bills
AFTER INSTALLATION Lite-C sensors operate using radio frequency technology that allows input devices to communicate with and control output devices without the need for cabling over long distances

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Sky Rink atop the Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg always had something of an edge to it. Experienced ice-skaters, often with a cigarette in their mouths, would make little effort to disguise their disdain for beginners as they weaved effortlessly, and at extreme speed,... 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed  into television production hub

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The group of companies responsible for the multimillion-rand refurbishment of Eastgate Shopping Centre, in Bedfordview, were named as overall winners at the 2016 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards. 

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016
EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE The refurbishment project, completed last month, received the award from SAISC

Local LSFB market worth R1-billion yearly

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The South African light steel frame building (LSFB) market is estimated to be worth about R1-billion a year. This is based on the steel used by LSF manufacturers, as well as volumes of the major materials – including gypsum board, fibre cement board, insulation, vapour permeable membranes and... 

Local LSFB market worth R1-billion yearly
MALL OF AFRICA PROJECT The latest large-scale project completed using LSF was the external walling of the 131 000 m2 floor area of the multibillion-rand Mall of Africa

Welding shares steel industry standards

     18th November 2016 The quality and standards of welding are critical to the quality and standards of the steel construction industry owing to the role welding plays in joining the steel sections together in the creation of a steel structure, says the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). 

Welding shares steel industry standards
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING From the left, Wijnberger from In2Structure with Mthebula and Michelle Warmback from In2Structure

Track system to benefit railway contractors

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Railway track manufacturer Tubular Track adviser and business development head of T-Track Global Jaap van der Merwe believes that contractors awarded Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) tenders can use Tubular Track’s tubular modular track (TMT) to build and rebuild track and platforms... 

Track system to benefit  railway contractors
PRASA INTERCHANGE The Tubular Modular Track product allows for rebuilding and rehabilitation of railway tracks

Stainless steel worth more than R500 000 installed at heritage site

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 Since the completion of upgrades to the Opera House in Port Elizabeth – a 2016 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Awards finalist in the architecture building and construction category – it has become a significant tourist attraction, architecture company The Matrix Urban... 

Stainless steel worth more than R500 000 installed at heritage site
HERITAGE SITE The Opera House upgrades included the use of stainless steel, which created a distinctly contemporary and elegant architectural expression to the foyer extension

Autodesk working with varsities, communities to tackle service delivery issues

By: Dylan Slater     14th October 2016 Design software company Autodesk highlighted local education and skills development campaigns as catalysts to spur interest in and insight into the design industry during its Autodesk University Extension programme, which took place in Cape Town last month.  

Elevator manufacturer to supply 183 electric elevators

     23rd September 2016 Diversified holding group Sunriver Holding Group will purchase 183 Otis Electric elevators for its new residential and recreational developments in Anhui province, China. 

Global leader receives tender for new escalators

     23rd September 2016 Elevator and escalator industry global leader Kone has won an order from Stockholm County Council to modernise and maintain 13 escalators at six metro stations in Sweden's capital. 

Global leader receives  tender for new escalators
Photo by Duane Daws
ESCALATOR UPGRADES Kone will be upgrading the escalators throughout Stockholm’s metro stations

Student accommodation facility on schedule for start of new academic year

By: Dylan Slater     9th September 2016 The Hatfield Square redevelopment in Pretoria, which is currently under construction, is on track to open for reservations in January 2017, offering Pretoria’s student community a mixed-use precinct that will include modern student residences, retail and leisure facilities.  

Student accommodation facility on schedule  for start of new academic year
EXTERIOR AESTHETICS An artist’s impression of what the new Hatfield Square will look like once completed

Singapore consultancy acquires SMEC in $400m deal as it seeks to have a global presence

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Singapore-based urban development consultancy Surbana Jurong acquired 100% of Australia-based major infrastructure consultancy firm SMEC on August 1, in an acquisition valued at about S$400-million.  

Singapore consultancy acquires SMEC in $400m deal  as it seeks to have a global presence
ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT SMEC CEO and MD Andy Goodwin and Surbana Jurong CEO Wong Heang Fine concluded the merger

From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

By: Dylan Slater     5th August 2016 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) have the potential to significantly change the way many industrial, engineering and mining operations are conducted, with the ability to reach difficult to access areas and remove people from hazardous situations.  

From elevated inspections to stock analysis,  drones begin making business impact

Rosebank office awarded top green rating

By: Dylan Slater     22nd July 2016 Green-focused architecture consultancy Solid Green Consulting’s Rosebank offices were recently awarded 6-Star Green Star South Africa Interiors v1 certification for the incorporation of ecofriendly aspects into their offices.  

Rosebank office awarded top green rating
GREEN CERTIFICATION Solid Green Consulting’s new Rosebank office has 6-Star Green Star South Africa Interiors v1 certification

Technique developed to produce and maintain attractive ‘lagoons’ at low costs 

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 A method to construct and maintain artificial lagoons is being opened to the South African market after proving successful abroad, according to multinational artificial lagoon company Crystal Lagoons.  

Technique developed to produce and maintain attractive ‘lagoons’ at low costs
CLEAR WATERS Crystal Lagoons use closed circuits and sensors to maintain low levels of water consumption

Building confidence edges lower in Q2

By: Anine Kilian     9th June 2016 The First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Building Confidence Index fell by five points to 34 in the second quarter, with the current level of the index indicating that more than 65% of respondents were dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions. In addition, all of... 

Building confidence edges lower in Q2

Glass complies with technology requirements

     3rd June 2016 Electrochromic glass technology supplier SageGlass ticks all technological boxes for the installation of a 13 000 square feet dynamic glass on the entire Western facade of the lavish Mystic Lake Center in the US.  

Concrete society calls for Fulton Awards nominations

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Nonprofit company the Concrete Society of Southern Africa is calling for nominations for its biennial Fulton Awards, which recognise and honour excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete.  

Concrete society calls for Fulton Awards nominations
CONCRETE DESIGN 2015 Fulton Award winner, the Fairscape Precinct Office Tower in Botswana

AfriSam-Saia Award introduces two new categories

By: Samantha Herbst     20th April 2016 The programme for this year’s AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects (Saia) Award for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation will now include two new categories, namely Sustainable Products & Technology and Sustainable Social Programmes, which join the mainstay categories of Sustainable... 

AfriSam-Saia Award introduces two new categories
Alexander Forbes' headquarters took top honours at the 2014 AfriSam-Saia Award

Block-making machinery used to build affordable housing

     1st April 2016 The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform built 27 affordable homes on the Radway Green Farm Agri-Village outside of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, using brick- and block-making machine manufacturer Hydraform’s interlocking block-making technology. The official handover ceremony took... 

Block-making machinery used to  build affordable housing
AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPED Hydraform was contracted to undertake the construction of this project for the benefit of the community

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

By: Kim Cloete     11th March 2016 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is bucking the sluggish trend in the national economy. It pulled in over three-million visitors in December alone, has substantially boosted its coffers and has embarked on some dynamic new developments.  Retail, commercial, leisure and residential developments are all... 

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide
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