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New pre-stress precast concrete capability in KZN

10th June 2024

     

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Bedrock Construction, a leader in the tilt-up and precast concrete industry, is thrilled to announce the acquisition of a new yard for manufacturing pre-stressed concrete products. Located in the rapidly developing Cato Ridge Dry Port (CRDP) in KwaZulu-Natal, this facility marks a significant milestone for the company.

Expanding Capabilities in Cato Ridge

The new yard at Cato Ridge is strategically positioned to enhance Bedrock's operational capabilities, allowing the company to meet the growing demand for large pre-stressed concrete elements. "The need for Bedrock to acquire additional operational space has sprung from an increased demand for us to manufacture pre-stressed concrete elements. These elements are very large, such as bridge beams, which we have been contracted to build for the SANRAL work packages on the N3 and other national roads," stated David Kitching, General Manager of Bedrock Construction. "This new capability puts Bedrock at the forefront as a precast company in the region. Cato Ridge is in a prime position for such an operation, and Cato Ridge Dry Port is developing rapidly, hence our choice to invest in this growing logistics and manufacturing hub."

Developer’s Perspective

Warwick Lord, the Operator and Developer of Cato Ridge Inland  Port (CRIP), expressed his enthusiasm for Bedrock's decision. "I am extremely pleased that Bedrock has chosen Cato Ridge to set up their operations in. With Bedrock and many other new tenants choosing Cato Ridge, we are seeing a great deal of activity in the industrial area, which bodes very well for the Hub."

Community Engagement and Job Creation

David Kitching emphasized Bedrock's commitment to integrating with the local community. "We are really looking forward to integrating our business in this area. We have met with local community representatives and have set out a framework within which we can bring some upliftment to the community. The new premises will provide jobs for up to 50 people and, together with CRIP, we have community upliftment planned in the way of soccer matches for local youth, skills training, and spin-off mini business opportunities for locals, such as a canteen for workers set up by a local woman."

Detailed Enabling Works and Operations

The enabling works at the new yard are extensive and include:

·Leveling the Platform: Preparing the ground to support the heavy infrastructure required for manufacturing large pre-stressed concrete elements.

·Building and Installing Pre-Stress Casting Beds: These casting beds are essential for the production of the large concrete elements. The beds are constructed to precise specifications to ensure the quality and durability of the products.

·Anchor Blocks: These are crucial for holding the tensioned cables that reinforce the concrete elements.

·Electro-Mechanical Equipment: Installation of sophisticated equipment to tension the cables, ensuring the pre-stressed concrete elements achieve the necessary strength and resilience.

The operations at the new facility will focus on:

·Casting of Massive Precast Bridge Beams: Each beam is 33 meters long and weighs 67 tonnes. These beams are essential components for infrastructure projects like bridges and highways.

·Handling and Moving Concrete Monoliths: Utilizing two synchronized straddle carriers, Bedrock will efficiently handle and transport the enormous concrete beams within the yard.

·Delivery to Sites: The completed beams will be delivered to construction sites, where they will be installed by Bedrock or other contractors, contributing to major infrastructure developments across South Africa.

 

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

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