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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 INFRASTRUCTURE TO CONSTRUCT NEW WIND FARMS

Concor Infrastructure has been appointed, in a consortium with Conco, by global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power as the construction contractor for two large scale wind farms.

The wind farms, located in the Northern and Western Cape, represent an investment of approximately R6.6. billion and construction will commence in June 2018.

Eric Wisse, managing director of Concor Infrastructure, says the company is well positioned to undertake these two major projects with its depth of experience and expertise. He points to the successful completion of the Loeriesfontein and Khobab Wind Farms in 2017 and prior to that the Jeffreys Bay and Noupoort Wind Farms.

“Concor Infrastructure has an established reference base that speaks to our capability and responsiveness, which enables us to deliver complex projects on schedule, within budget, and most importantly safely,” he says.

The 140 MW Kangnas wind farm is situated 52 km east of Springbok in the Northern Cape while the 110 MW Perdekraal East wind farm is about 80 km northeast of Ceres in the Western Cape. The wind farms are expected to begin commercial operation in 2020.

WHITTLESEA ROAD GETS UPGRADE BY CONCOR INFRASTRUCTURE

A busy section of the R67 route between Whittlesea and Queenstown in the Eastern Cape will soon be safer for motorists and communities alike, as Concor Infrastructure, under the supervision of KBK Engineers, makes good progress on its contract for the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) to widen the roadway and improve vertical and horizontal alignments.

Scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2019, work has been ongoing since November 2016 on a 15,4 km stretch of the road between Whittlesea and the Swart Kei River, including a 740 metre section that runs through the town of Whittlesea.

According to Concor Infrastructure site agent Lwandiso Reve, the road remains a single lane carriageway, but a three metre shoulder is being added on each side, making for safer driving conditions. The widening has also meant extensions to culverts and cattle crossings under the roadway.

Lwandiso Reve, Concor Infrastructure site agent on the Whittlesea contract.

“SANRAL wanted us to ensure that traffic flow was disrupted as little as possible, so we have created six diversions around the areas where culvert and other extensions were necessary,” says Reve. “This has allowed us to keep any stop-go arrangements to a minimum.”

Even in town, where the main street is a hive of activity and traffic during daylight hours, Concor Infrastructure is conducting roadwork at night to ease the disruption for residents and motorists. While this section of the road is receiving patching and a 40 mm asphalt surfacing, the rest of the work involves the full reconstruction of the roadway.

Aggregate has been quarried, crushed and screened at a nearby source, providing material for two 150 mm selected layers of G5 material, one 300 mm sub-base layer of G5 material with G4 grading, and a 150 mm G1 base layer. AfriSam’s Roadstab is being utilised for road stabilisation, and the surface is completed with a bituminous single seal with 20 mm aggregate and slurry, or Cape seal.

Infrastructural work includes the extension of seven major culverts, as well as six livestock crossings under the road. Partnerships with small businesses from the local communities including the Enoch Mgijima local municipality, the Chris Hani District and the Eastern Cape Province are key to the project as part of Concor Infrastructure’s transformational focus on enterprise development, says Reve. This is also a SANRAL requirement.

Some 45 SMMEs have been contracted for work including subsoil drains, concrete line drains, kerbing, gabions and permanent fencing for the road reserve. Local enterprises have also been engaged to manufacture precast concrete bricks, blocks and kerbs, and have also laid paved roads in the communities themselves.

CONCOR INFRASTRUCTURE BOOSTS ORDER BOOK WITH NEW CONTRACTS

Concor Infrastructure recently secured two significant contracts in the mining sector, and managing director, Eric Wisse, says the company, formerly known as Murray & Roberts Infrastructure, is well positioned to take advantage of the recently increased optimism in the mining space.

As part of Concor Construction, which was acquired by a consortium led by Southern Palace Group, the company is a proudly Level 1 B-BBEE contributor.

Concor Infrastructure was awarded the Belfast Implementation Project for Exxaro’s new coal operation in Mpumalanga. This 22 month contract comprises major bulk earthworks and civil infrastructure that will be the enabling works for the mining operation. It also includes the upgrading of a provincial gravel road to surfaced standard that will facilitate access to the mine.

Wisse says that the company’s extensive experience in mining infrastructure projects will allow its teams to leverage this expertise on the project.

“We also secured the contract for the earthworks and civils for the box cut at Ivanhoe Mines’ Platreef mine in Limpopo,” Wisse says. This is the first step of the Shaft 2 project and site mobilisation of Concor Infrastructure’s team has already begun. Shaft 2 will become the main production shaft for Platreef. The company’s initial scope of work will require the excavation of a surface box cut to 29 metres below surface, and the construction of a concrete hitch for the head frame. This 103 metre structure will house the shaft’s permanent hoisting facilities and support the shaft collar.

Concor Infrastructure has also received a contract for road rehabilitation on the Bakwena highway, on the section from Pumulani Plaza to Hammanskraal. Over the last five years, the company has worked on the Bakwena highway on sections stretching from Pretoria northwards. The work involves asphalt milling, and asphalt inlay and overlay work.

Wisse says that work continues apace on the company’s other major roads projects in the Eastern Cape, North West, Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal.