ON THE COVER: The modern fleet maintained by Goscor Access Rental, combined with its high availability and uptime, have resulted in Tubular Plant Hire enjoying an important rental relationship with the company since April 2013.
Tubular Plant Hire is a division of Tubular Technical Construction, wholly-owned by Tubular Holdings, the driving force behind a diversified group, representing one of the largest and most respected privately-owned construction companies in South Africa at present. To date, the company has utilised Goscor Access Rental products successfully at the Kalagadi Manganese Mine in the Northern Cape, and at the Kusile Power Station in Mpumalanga.
The horizon of Midrand, north of Johannesburg, is set to change with the construction of the new high-rise head office for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The R1,5-billion project will be a focal point in the up and coming Waterfall City development and comprises 45 000 sqm of modern offices, designed to house 3 500 PwC employees in an efficient and optimally designed workplace.
It is set to become a structure of iconic proportion due to its distinctive twisted form designed by LYT Architecture for Attacq Waterfall Investment Company and their developer Atterbury, and realised through close collaboration with consulting engineers Arup. The structure is a concrete frame with post-tensioned (PT) floor plates and each floor of the 28-storey office tower rotates 1,2 degrees relative to the floor below. Many of the design challenges and innovations on this project relate to this twist.
As the 26th tallest twisted building in the world, and the only twisted building in Africa, the PwC Tower has 26 twisting office floor plates, five basement levels and two plant floors. Arup’s scope on the project is for structural, civil, façade, wet services and transport design.
February 2016 marked the start of an estimated 15-month restoration project on one of the largest apartment blocks in the Southern Hemisphere. The site was the T-shaped Bencorrum Towers in Durban’s beachfront precinct, comprising 334 units and housing over a thousand people.
Built in the early 1930s, the once well maintained Bencorrum Towers, one 16 storeys high, the other 23 storeys high, had deteriorated to a state of total disrepair. Sika’s technical sales consultant, Mark Duckham, is advising onsite.
Respublica is excited to announce that the new Hatfield Square redevelopment officially opened its doors on 1 February 2017. The first phase of the two-phase project is operational and ready for occupation for all students eager to kick-off the 2017 academic year.
Within walking distance from the University of Pretoria’s main campus, the new development offers a mixed-use precinct that will include state-of-the-art student residences, retail and leisure facilitie.
More than three million of Corobrik’s quality face brick products were used in the construction of The Junction @ Forest Hill in Centurion, Pretoria.
The 440-unit rental housing development, based in Heuweloord, will be completed by Central Developments in February 2017 to meet the growing need for well-constructed housing in the R5 000 to R7 000 rental price range.
From left: Durban’s Bencorrum residential development, the interiors of Hatfield Square and The Junction @ Forest Hill in Centurion, Pretoria.
Steel masts manufacturer Structa Technology has unveiled its new utility steel pole as part of its 200/240 range and has supplied these poles to State-owned power utility Eskom and various mining companies.
The patented oval steel utility pole was designed and developed over two years as an alternative to the traditional wooden and concrete utility poles available in South Africa.
They were produced for 11 kV to 66 kV distribution circuits and for distributing electrical and telecommunications services in rural and township areas.
The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has called for entries for the AVENG Trident Steel Awards 2017 and CADEX Systems SA Photo Competition. SAISC CEO Paolo Trinchero says that after the high standard of the 2016 Awards there has been extraordinary expectation throughout the steel construction industry in relation to this year’s Awards.
House Midax in Zinkwazi beach is a magnificent illustration of how structural steel can be used to effect complex builds where light weight, complex shapes and accuracy is required in construction.
Midax Investments acquired a beachfront property in Zinkwazi Beach in June 2013. At the time the 1970s designed house was somewhat run down, but the location right on the beach and the sea views offered warranted the investment.
From left: Steel masts from Structa Technology; Eastgate extension – last year’s big winner at the Steel Awards and House Midax at Zinkwazi beach.