Building contractor Grinaker-LTA, part of the JSE-listed Aveng Group, completed the R160-million refurbishment of the landmark Rosebank hotel, situated north of Johannesburg, in October.
This project formed part of the growth and rejuvenation of Rosebank, driven by the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the precinct’s Gautrain station, stated Grinaker-LTA Building Inland contracts director Graeme Jones.
He said that the project, which was valued at R160-million, involved the complete renovation and modernisation of the existing Rosebank hotel.
“It was undertaken to reposition the hotel as a premier destination in the area,” commented Jones.
Grinaker-LTA’s contract entailed the partial demolition and reconstruction of the hotel’s ground floor and external areas, and included building a new feature restaurant and a whisky-and-cigar bar.
Conference and meeting rooms also formed part of the refurbishment programme, while the hotel’s main entrance was moved to Sturdee avenue.
Further, the hotel received a new lease on life with the construction of a health spa and gym area, as well as a new swimming pool with terrace.
Grinaker-LTA states that all the hotel’s 318 bedrooms were also refurbished, and brand-new bathrooms installed.
Jones said that the main renovation had been fully completed, and the hotel is occupied.
“The new health spa is currently being constructed as an additional contract on the same site. “The completion of this construction is scheduled for November, 2008,” he mentioned.
The hotel’s old face brick facades and steel windows were also completely rejuvenated in the face-lift by the application of plaster, marmoran coatings, aluminium, and stone cladding and glass curtain wall elements.
A new feature restaurant is located on the corner of Tyrwhitt and Sturdee avenues, on a new structural slab, reports Grinaker-LTA.
The company states that the demolition portion of the project comprised the entire ground floor structure, between the two towers of hotel rooms.
The existing ground floor was demolished and replaced with a new, lightweight structural steel and foam concrete structure.
Jones stated in an earlier project progress report that the refurbishment was challenging, owing to the extent and scope of the project.
“We were faced with replacing all the building’s systems, such as heating, ventilation and cooling, plumbing, electrical, data and lifts, in addition to the extensive building works. “This resulted in time pressures when we had to design around site conditions, as required by the new structure and services,” he said.
The age of the Rosebank hotel, which was built in its present form in 1974, posed additional challenges for the contractor.
“Comprehensive as-built drawings of the original structure were not avail- able, so the design had to progress and adapt to the conditions revealed by site demolition progress,” explained Jones.
Other challenges included the location and proximity of the construction site to residential areas.
“The programme was tight to meet the very high specification of internal finish, under the restricted working hours owing to the surrounding residential areas,” stated Jones.
The Rosebank hotel was recently acquired by property loan stock company Hospitality Property Fund, as part of its growing portfolio of hotels.