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CBD buildings undergo fire assessment and upgrade

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has finalised the fire system due diligence checks on seven buildings for a reputed investor who intends to buy the properties to repurpose as offices. Six of the buildings are located in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD) and one in the... 

Inspection ensures buildings comply with fire regulations

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd August 2019 Hospitality and retail buildings are deemed demanding in terms of fire protection and fire systems, but fire risk management and support company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk says an inspection process needs to be done to ensure that buildings comply with the National Buildings Regulations... 

MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK 
Architects request an estimation of the cost of fire systems to identify the cost factors
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK Architects request an estimation of the cost of fire systems to identify the cost factors

Industry body discusses challenges at hand

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 The lack of larger projects and inconsistent application of procurement regulations are but two of the many issues holding the consulting engineering industry back, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. He mentions that infrastructure is a great... 

CLUED-UP CONSULTING 
Delegates attending the FIDIC GAMA event spoke of infrastructure procurement and funding models
CLUED-UP CONSULTING Delegates attending the FIDIC GAMA event spoke of infrastructure procurement and funding models

Consulting engineering remains under pressure

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Consulting engineering remains under the pump 

BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio
BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio

Sporting complex completed two years early

28th June 2019 An innovative design-and-build solution for the Japoma Sports Complex in Douala, Cameroon has allowed for multinational engineering consultancy Aecom to decrease the proposed project timeframe by two years. The Japoma Sports Complex consists of a 50 000-seat multi-sport stadium, an aquatics... 

TRACK RECORD The stadium was built in record time as a multifaceted sporting facility and arts and culture hub
TRACK RECORD The stadium was built in record time as a multifaceted sporting facility and arts and culture hub

Health club receives net zero waste rating

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 Through rigorous waste reduction, separation and recycling on site, and the assistance of net zero-accredited professionals Ecolution Consulting, Health Club Virgin Active Constantia, in Cape Town, achieved a Net Zero Waste certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa.... 

NOTHING GOES TO WASTE 
Currently 93% of the gym’s waste is being diverted – an amount that was possible through an initial waste audit calculation
Photo by Julian Goldswain
NOTHING GOES TO WASTE Currently 93% of the gym’s waste is being diverted – an amount that was possible through an initial waste audit calculation

Green light for ‘net zero’

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 Following then Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s announcement paving the way for small projects generating between 1 MW and 10 MW of their own renewable electricity to feed it back into the grid, green building consultants ecocentric see this as a crucial opportunity for companies to accelerate... 

RATINGS 
The GBCSA Rosebank office received a 4-Star Interiors Rating based on the assessment of the environmental attributes of the building’s interior fit-outs
RATINGS The GBCSA Rosebank office received a 4-Star Interiors Rating based on the assessment of the environmental attributes of the building’s interior fit-outs

Green buildings rising

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 As the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) introduces more rating tools, the construction industry’s uptake of green building is “sky rocketing”, says professional services firm WSP Africa building services regional director Alison Groves. The GBCSA developed the Green Star South... 

ALISON GROVES
While the demand for new green buildings continues to grow, it will not replace the importance of the existing building stock
ALISON GROVES While the demand for new green buildings continues to grow, it will not replace the importance of the existing building stock

Company develops new concrete curing blanket

7th June 2019 Geosynthic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa has developed a new curing blanket, designed to optimise the curing of concrete and protect the new structure. The Fibertex curing blanket is used to cover concrete surfaces when the material has set and has been designed to... 

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 The benefits of concrete for roads can be exploited by the South African roads industry, says South African concrete education and skills organisation The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie. While concrete is generally more expensive in terms of initial costs, it does offer reduced life-cycle... 

BRYAN PERRIE 

South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads
BRYAN PERRIE South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads

Hoërskool Driehoek walkway rebuilt following collaborative community effort

By: Simone Liedtke     24th April 2019 A newly built walkway was handed over to Hoërskool Driehoek, in Vanderbijlpark, at a sombre event on Monday. The handover, which was attended by school management and its governing body, parents, learners, various businesses and representatives of the Gauteng Department of Basic Education,... 

The newly built walkway at Hoërskool Driehoek, in Vanderbijlpark
The newly built walkway at Hoërskool Driehoek, in Vanderbijlpark

Sandton’s Leonardo an example of South Africa’s architectural future, says Co-Arc 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2019 The nascent Fourth Industrial Revolution and the resultant information revolution will affect South African architecture “quite markedly” moving forward, South African architecture firm Co-Arc International Architects director Patrick McInerney tells Engineering News Online, adding that... 

The Leonardo building, which is still under construction, pictured against the Sandton skyline
The Leonardo building, which is still under construction, pictured against the Sandton skyline

Unops to raise $647m for 100 000 houses in Kenya

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th January 2019 As part of United Nations Office for Project Services (Unops) and the government of Kenya’s landmark affordable housing agreement, the organisation and its partners will seek to attract $647-million to deliver at least 100 000 affordable housing units across the country. Unops will kickstart... 

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC

By: Thabi Madiba     7th December 2018 Continued development support offered by Western Cape organisations will aid manufacturing growth in the Western Cape, says event organiser Siyenza MD Liz Hart. These organisations comprise the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro;... 

ON DISPLAY
Manufacturers exhibited their products during the Manufacturing Indaba
ON DISPLAY Manufacturers exhibited their products during the Manufacturing Indaba

Proper training, upgrading skills essential in flooring industry

By: Thabi Madiba     30th November 2018 Training plays a significant role in the flooring industry as it reduces the risk and cost implications of replacing products installed incorrectly, says interior flooring supplier and installer Kevin Bates Albert Carpets (KBAC) Flooring senior contracts manager Ian Duncan. The material cost on... 

Firm’s design breathes new life into industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Arup was commended for its finalist entry of the V&A Grain Silo Complex façade in the architectural category at the 2018 South African Steel Awards, held last month. The R500-million V&A Grain Silo project, once an agricultural silo for grain storage... 

CROWN JEWEL
The V&A Grain Silo Complex project was once an agricultural silo for grain storage, and is now features prominently in the silo district development
CROWN JEWEL The V&A Grain Silo Complex project was once an agricultural silo for grain storage, and is now features prominently in the silo district development

Project to have major economic impact

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 The Motherwell Passenger Rail Corridor (MPRC), one of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) largest rail projects, will have a major economic impact, with significant benefits, says multidisciplinary engineering and architecture company GIBB railway engineering associate Nico... 

MOTHERWELL PASSENGER RAIL CORRIDOR
The construction of the railway line and associated infrastructure is scheduled to start in 2022/23
MOTHERWELL PASSENGER RAIL CORRIDOR The construction of the railway line and associated infrastructure is scheduled to start in 2022/23

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2018 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) CEO Paolo Trinchero believes the industry continues to produce “outstanding work, [which] demonstrates its capability and expertise”. Speaking at its yearly Steel Awards function on Thursday evening, he said there was continued perseverance in... 

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

Company diversifies aluminium offering

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     28th September 2018 Aluminium composite cladding / material (ACP or ACM) is widely used on building facades internationally, and although very much in its infancy in South Africa, it is slowly gaining traction. It is preferred over painted surfaces due to its colour retention, corrosion resistance and low... 

DESIGN VERSATILITY
The aluminium composite material panels allow for versatile facade designs
DESIGN VERSATILITY The aluminium composite material panels allow for versatile facade designs

Laser scanning awareness increased in industries

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Local engineering and architecture clients are becoming increasingly aware of the concept of laser scanning and the benefits of using it to capture and define real-world spaces into accurate three-dimensional (3D) models, says laser scanning company ArchiScan director Anthony Keyter. “Laser... 

LASER SCANNING
Laser scanning delivers exceptionally accurate measurements and it is a nondestructive, noninvasive and safe method of mapping out structures
LASER SCANNING Laser scanning delivers exceptionally accurate measurements and it is a nondestructive, noninvasive and safe method of mapping out structures

Unique design solution for 92 Rivonia Road project

By: Melissa Zisengwe     3rd August 2018 Formwork and scaffolding manufacturer PERI South Africa was able to supply a unique design solution for the challenging 92 Rivonia Road mixed-use development. This allowed main contractor WBHO to come to grips with the striking ‘feature brows’ at the project, lead engineer: key and strategic... 

 	A UNIQUE CHALLENGE The project was a major challenge from a structural and architectural point of view
A UNIQUE CHALLENGE The project was a major challenge from a structural and architectural point of view

Environment-friendly design for art gallery

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The Norval Foundation art gallery, established by the Norval family and which opened in Steenberg, in Cape Town, in April, hosts works by a range of South African artists and has architectural and civil engineering features aimed at promoting environment-friendliness and sustainability, the... 

NORVAL FOUNDATION ART GALLERY
The gallery has rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, a building management system, water-saving measures, a grey-water purification system and stormwater return to the wetland
Photo by Dave Southwood
NORVAL FOUNDATION ART GALLERY The gallery has rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, a building management system, water-saving measures, a grey-water purification system and stormwater return to the wetland

Douala Grand Mall construction under way in Cameroon

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Raubex Renovo, a subsidiary of JSE-listed turnkey solutions provider Raubex, is building a shopping mall, complete with convention centre and cinemas, in Douala, Cameroon, which is aimed for completion by end-2019.  

Artist impression of Douala Grand Mall, in Cameroon
Artist impression of Douala Grand Mall, in Cameroon

Bolt-together building system designed for use by those with little experience

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2018 Klevabrick is a new low-cost building system, designed to help build homes with little to no prior building skills, thereby adding to the available methods of low-cost building.  

SIMPLISTIC BUILDING
Klevabricks enable the bolting together of bricks to form the shape of a house or any building
SIMPLISTIC BUILDING Klevabricks enable the bolting together of bricks to form the shape of a house or any building

ICT infrastructure still following the money, but new model possible

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure being built to support the growing use of digital technologies is following wealth and, by extension, apartheid spatial-patterns, but this can be corrected through development financing and city planning, says University of... 

Built environment summit in May

By: Donna Slater     2nd March 2018 The Africa Summit of London-based Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) – which has entrenched itself as a noteworthy yearly event – will reconvene for the fourth consecutive year at Sun International’s Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, from May 30 to 31.  

Over 20 000 visitors expected at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 With more than 20 000 international and local visitors from 72 countries expected to attend bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, international exhibition company Messe München South Africa CEO Elaine Crewe says the event aims to present an opportunity for stakeholders to showcase new innovative products... 

2018 EDITION
The third iteration of the event in Africa will be held from March 13 to 16
2018 EDITION The third iteration of the event in Africa will be held from March 13 to 16

Discovery headquarters nears completion 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 With the construction of health insurance and financial services provider Discovery’s head office set for completion at the end of this month, construction consultancy Aurecon believes that the building is set to become a pioneering green precinct concept, owing to its size and the way in which... 

VISIONARY CONSTRUCTION 
The vision for the Discovery building extends beyond providing indoor environmental quality for the occupants, to the integration of a building into a healthier, more desirable surrounding precinct
Photo by WBHO
VISIONARY CONSTRUCTION The vision for the Discovery building extends beyond providing indoor environmental quality for the occupants, to the integration of a building into a healthier, more desirable surrounding precinct

Drones offer inspection and maintenance benefits for built environment

By: Donna Slater     16th February 2018 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes) offer a cost-effective and safe mechanism, with significant benefits, for the built environment sector, especially in terms of inspection and maintenance, according to enterprise applications company Softworx MD Jane Thomson.  

JANE THOMSON
Remotely piloted aircraft systems can lower costs, enhance general visibility and improve personnel safety
JANE THOMSON Remotely piloted aircraft systems can lower costs, enhance general visibility and improve personnel safety

Turner & Townsend’s Kenyan business to merge with Nairobi-based firm

By: Donna Slater     6th February 2018 Global project management consultancy Turner & Townsend’s Kenyan business will merge with Nairobi-based project management firm Mentor Management Limited (MML), after Turner & Townsend acquired a majority stake in MML from growth markets investor Actis.  

PPC Imaginarium Awards takes over prestigious Des Baker Award

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2018 Architecture schools in South Africa have been invited to send in submissions for the first PPC Imaginarium Awards for Architecture, being held on May 3, at 012Central, Pretoria. Following the same format of the esteemed Des Baker Award for outstanding architectural design by students, which has... 

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

Afrimat construction index reveals quarterly improvement

By: Donna Slater     7th December 2017 Construction activity in South Africa improved quarter-on-quarter from Q2 to Q3, according to material building company Afrimat’s Construction Index (ACI)  

Landmark projects help Esor to improve performance in tough market

By: Donna Slater     17th November 2017 Despite challenging market conditions and a deteriorating market environment for the six months ended August 31, JSE-listed civils and construction group Esor recorded a “significant improvement” in its finances, with profit before tax of R3.1-million, compared with a loss recorded in February.... 

Maintenance and upgrades on cards for Platinum Corridor in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) private concessionaire Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) will conduct several maintenance and construction projects along the South African N1/N4 routes in 2018. 

LIAM CLARKE
Construction of a second carriageway on the N4 between the M17 and the R512 will start in January 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
LIAM CLARKE Construction of a second carriageway on the N4 between the M17 and the R512 will start in January 2018

New council announced by architectural body

By: Donna Slater     10th November 2017 The South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (Saclap) recently annouced its new four-year council, as appointed by Department of Public Works Minister Nathi Nhleko. Council members will serve a four year term of office from September 1, 2017, to August 31, 2021.  

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for bridge-widening project 

By: Donna Slater     27th October 2017 To facilitate the construction of a bridge-widening project in the Northern Cape, engineered fabrics company Kaytech used its geotextile containers to assist in redirecting part of the Orange river to allow pile-driving equipment access to riverside infrastructure.  

GEOTEXTILE SOLUTION
The project required 1 000 GeoRevet Geobags to help create the piling platform structure
GEOTEXTILE SOLUTION The project required 1 000 GeoRevet Geobags to help create the piling platform structure
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