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Construction World July 2017ON THE COVER: The town known as Tugela Ferry in the local municipality of Msinga, part of the Umzinyathi District Municipality in central KwaZulu-Natal is part of one of South Africa’s most impoverished areas.

People struggle to make a living in Tugela Ferry and the harsh conditions were, for many years, exacerbated by the town being split by the Tugela River and connected only by an inadequate single-lane bridge, the Tugela Ferry Bridge, which has significantly slowed the local economy by hampering vehicular movement and has been a threat to the lives of the multitude of pedestrians that have had to share the bridge with cars, tractors, bakkies, trucks and more.

The KZN Department of Transport therefore embarked on a project to widen the bridge to two lanes by constructing a new, reinforced concrete bridge adjacent to the existing steel structure. “This was a good solution,” says Paul Pearce Franki Africa KZN branch manager, “as it meant that use of the existing bridge has not been interrupted during construction.”

There is a ‘new’ name on South Africa’s construction landscape, as Concor Infrastructure raises its flag over the edifice of Murray & Roberts Infrastructure, following the recent acquisition of the Murray & Roberts Infrastructure and Building Platform by a consortium led by the Southern Palace Group.

The name, of course, is not new at all, with the history of the Concor business dating back nearly 70 years to its establishment in 1948. The remarkable success of Concor – initially specialising in concrete construction and expanding into civil construction and building – was clearly evident from its growth; in its last year as a listed entity on the JSE over 10 years ago, its turnover was R1,6-billion. In 2006, Concor was acquired by Murray & Roberts, whose own heritage in the construction sector goes back 115 years.

Now, the name Concor lives once more as a construction brand, and as the proud mantle for the heritage, skills and experience that have continued to grow in the nurturing environment of Murray & Roberts Infrastructure over the past decade.

A trend of merging developments with ecologically sensitive building best practice is fast taking root across the country, as businesses see the long-term benefits of going green against a backdrop of rising energy costs and dwindling water supplies.

Green-rated buildings are putting companies on the map in terms of both physical presence and eco-friendly footprint, while eco-aware architecture is rapidly becoming en vogue, according to one of South Africa’s oldest architectural firms, SVA International

wind farms eco developments

From left: Eric Wisse, managing director of Concor Infrastructure; Concor Infrastructure was involved in a number of wind farms including Loeriesfontein and Khobab in the Northern Cape where 122 wind turbine generator foundations were constructed and eco-aware developments, such as Somerset West’s mix-use centre, The Sanctuary, are becoming en vogue among developers and investors alike.

In a news feature on project development we focus on the stellar results of Acsion Limited, a specialist commercial, retail and residential property developer and owner, recently announced a solid set of results for the 12 months ended 28 February 2017, Attacq that is welcoming the BMW Group South Africa to Waterfall, where a new Regional Distribution Facility (RDC) will be developed by Attacq for the luxury German vehicle maker in Waterfall Distribution Campus, and Profica that has adopted an astute approach to doing business that enabled them to weather the storm in Nigeria. Now the company is well-situated to take advantage of Nigeria’s anticipated economic recovery.

Acsiopolis mixed use development

From left: Construction of Acsiopolis, Acsion’s flagship 22 storey mixed use development in Benmore will be completed in early 2019; Attacq’s BMW Regional Distribution Campus in Waterfall and Profica’s country manager in Nigeria, Malcolm Matanda.

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