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CONCOR BUILDINGS REPORTS MALUTI CRESCENT PROJECT WELL UNDER WAY

The site of the Maluti Crescent Mall, being constructed by Concor Buildings, is at the foot of Parliament Hill in the historical local legislative district of the old Qwa Qwa homeland in the Eastern Free State.

Designed by MDS Architecture and being developed by Flanagan and Gerard for Vukile Property Fund, when finished this impressive structure will incorporate references to local culture through fabrics and tiling patterns. Interior accents such as stylised mobiles which draw inspiration from mokorotlos, the traditional Basotho hat, will be included in the mall.

Martin Muller, contracts manager at Concor Buildings, says this fast track project started in January 2018 and will be completed in March next year.

The scope of work comprises the significant extension of the existing Setsing Crescent Mall in Phuthaditjaba. The new mall, which will have 12 600 m2 of GLA (Gross Lettable Area) plus additional under cover parking and a taxi rank added, will be named Maluti Crescent. It is being built over three levels including two parking levels with the retail level at the top. The new structure will be linked into the existing centre which will be operational throughout the contract period.

“This obviously provides challenges of its own with a focused approach to public interface management,” Martin says. “Ongoing communication will keep the public informed about construction activities and ensure optimum safety of all stakeholders.”

Situated some 350 km from Johannesburg means that careful management of logistics is critical to ensure costs are controlled, and materials and resources are available on site when required by the construction programme.

It is also significant to note that as part of Concor Buildings ongoing commitment to transformation the company is achieving a 70% local content objective. “With the assistance of the community liaison officer we have secured labour and materials from surrounding communities and are providing mentorship to ensure the future sustainability of the SMMEs in the area. In addition to this, skills development among our people remains a strong focus,” Martin says.

The existing building steps down along the site which has a significant fall of around nine metres. At the junction of the new and existing building a new double volume court with a large picture frame window will be created. This will showcase the panoramic views of the magnificent Maluti mountains.

CONCOR BUILDINGS DELIVERING FAST TRACK STUDENT ACCOMMODATION PROJECT

Concor Buildings is synonymous with delivering fast track projects to the desired quality, on time and most importantly within budget.

Martin Muller, contracts manager at Concor Buildings, ascribes this characteristic as one of the reasons why the company secured the contract to construct the new student housing accommodation in Streatley Avenue, Auckland Park.

Being developed by Century Property Developments, The Campus, when completed at the end of 2018, will provide accommodation for 800 students predominantly from Wits and UJ. This will mitigate some of the shortages being experienced with student accommodation close to the tertiary education institutions.

Construction work started in January this year and practical completion is targeted for November 2018. This will allow the finishing trades access to ready the apartments for occupation in early 2019.

Designed with an industrial look and feel, The Campus is a four and six storey building with two basement levels. The multi-storey structure will house several communal areas including study rooms, computer labs, conference rooms, a games room and a gym facility.

Significantly, The Campus will be pursuing an EDGE Sustainability Certificate through the Green Building Council of South Africa. This international rating system looks at three key areas being energy, water and materials.

Describing the construction methodologies being used, Muller says that an in-situ cast concrete base structure was cast up to the ground floor transfer slab and that everything above this level is a combination of load bearing brickwork with precast slab elements and various steel finishes.

The sections above the transfer slab vary from four storey to six storey structures with eight apartment blocks in total. The design of the complex features a central core area which will house the access lifts, a pool and gym, a canteen and other services. The basement area will accommodate both parking and storage facilities for the students. All apartments will be fully furnished making it an easy rental for students.

Once the load bearing brickwork is completed, the precast slab elements which include floor slabs and staircases will follow.

An interesting challenge for the contractor is that the construction site is taking place within a residential area which is rich in heritage and care has to be taken at all times to adhere to the local bylaws and residents’ requests.

Adding to this factor, there are additional logistical challenges as the site itself is spread over 235 metres with an extremely narrow roadway making access to site challenging. To mitigate materials handling activities, Concor Buildings erected two tower cranes which were strategically placed to service the entire construction site.

“Fast track projects are challenging at the best of times but with these logistical factors at play we have had to pay even more attention to detail in planning,” Muller says. “It is critical that materials are delivered at the correct time to the correct location as there is no space for the stockpiling of materials on site. This means delivery of all bulk materials must dovetail accurately with the construction programme.”

He explains that during the detailed planning process, the team used resource linking to the various activities to ensure sufficient resources are available when and where needed. In this manner, the company has been able to mitigate most issues.

“It is this level of planning and the control of information flow that makes a fast track project a success, and it also calls for close communication between the client, the professional team, us and the many sub-contractors that are on site,” Muller says.

Majority of the finishing trades will be done by selected sub-contractors, and Muller says that the focus here has been on ensuring overall quality while controlling the cost. The polished concrete floor and ceilings will have an off-shutter finish from the slab elements above. The walls will be mostly whitewashed, and the furniture and finishes will be modular with a modern industrial look.

Safety, as always, is a non-negotiable on Concor Buildings’ projects but constructing within a residential area has required an even more focussed approach. Maintaining absolute safety on the roadway is vital and additional personnel have been put in place to ensure this.

Another important factor is working at height, especially on a project which is fast track in nature. Skilled tower crane operators are essential and Muller says that they will play an important role when it comes to lifting and positioning the precast elements.

Concor Buildings’ Visible Felt Leadership strategy can be seen on site, and management often takes part in the daily safety task instructions briefings showing solid leadership and commitment to the company’s safety objectives.

“We are synonymous with delivering fast track projects on time, within budget and to the required specifications, and to be able to do this is all about team work and understanding what is required of each individual. We have a cohesive team and ongoing communication is vital. The team includes a lot of strong young professionals who bring energy to the project,” Muller concludes.

AGILE CONCOR BUILDINGS DISPLAYS CAPABILITIES ACROSS CONTRACTS

Remaining agile and the ability to see beyond the obvious is still a winning formulae for Concor Buildings. Rui Santos, managing director of the company, which forms part of the Southern Palace Group, says that it is critical to be flexible in an emerging economy where there is demand for new build as well as repurposing of existing structures.

Santos says that construction companies must be able to offer a depth of capability as projects vary from exclusive high end mixed use developments to affordable student accommodation and basic infrastructure to the refurbishment of older structures.

“All our projects are important to us. We believe that it is our commitment to quality workmanship underpinned by sound construction methodologies and stringent safety protocols that gives the market confidence in our ability to deliver projects on time and within budget,” Santos says. “Our current projects aptly demonstrate our capabilities.”

Work in currently underway on phase 1 of the prestigious Oxford Parks, being developed by premier property development company Intaprop. Set to become a vibrant mixed use precinct, Oxford Parks will include upmarket green star rated offices (A & P Grade), apartments, penthouses and hotels, as well as niche supporting retail and cafés. Significantly, this has been selected as a pilot project for the Green Building Council of South Africa, to create a green precinct rating tool for public environment projects.

An important new construction contract is the Streatley Student Housing project being developed by Century Properties in Auckland Park. This is a fast track project and when completed will provide fit-for-purpose accommodation for 800 students.

Another fast track project secured by the company is the BMW Midrand Campus Project. This project will see the repurposing of the existing BMW distribution warehouse into a new training centre and will include the building/erecting of two new double storey office blocks under the existing roof of the warehouse.

With an established reputation in the reconfiguration of major shopping malls, it is no surprise that Concor Buildings secured the Maluti Crecent Shopping Centre project. The scope includes the reconfiguration of the existing mall and extensions to the shopping centre, which also include structured parking.

Work continues on the new Skukuza Safari Lodge for the South African National Parks Board (SANParks). This 128 bedroom three star double storey hotel is designed in a figure eight configuration with bedroom wings on either side of the centre’s double volume area. It also includes a thatched public facility with lounge, restaurant, kitchen and rest rooms.

Concor Buildings was also awarded a building contract by Sasol at its Impumelelo Mine. This fast track project scope includes the construction of surface production offices, management offices and change house facilities.

Santos says that the company is committed to collaborative partnerships that create shared value for all stakeholders. This strategy underpins its activities on all projects.

CONCOR BUILDINGS SECURES PHASE 1 OF OXFORD PARKS

Concor Buildings has secured the contract for the construction of Phase 1 of Oxford Parks. Situated at 199 Oxford Road, the entire Phase 1 and Phase 2 of this prestigious project will comprise four buildings totalling approximately 34,000 m2 and will include the new Johannesburg head office for BPSA.

Being developed by premier property development company Intaprop, Oxford Parks is set to become a vibrant mixed use precinct, comprising upmarket green star rated offices (A & P Grade), apartments and penthouses and hotels, as well as niche supporting retail and cafés.

Rui Santos, managing director of Concor Buildings, says that the current contract includes the construction of three basement levels and BPSA’s six office levels as part of Phase 1.

Work has begun on site, and he says Concor Buildings, formerly Murray & Roberts Buildings, is proud to be associated with this project which has been selected as a pilot project for the Green Building Council of South Africa, to create a green precinct rating tool for public environment projects. Significantly, all buildings within the Oxford Parks Precinct will be designed to a minimum standard of 4 Star Green Rating in terms of the GBCSA standards.

Concor Buildings has an established track record of delivering quality fast track projects, and contractual completion is set for November 2018.