Com Air Simulator 3 Building

The client requested a space/building to accommodate the training facility for pilots. This building should also have all the necessary rooms and additional services to support the facility. Training halls, lecture rooms, and the brief and de-briefing rooms were part of this complex. In this facility, the pilots are getting training in the theory and practical aspects.

What was the brief to the architect?

The client’s brief was to provide a building, housing two mobile training units, and two static training units with their supporting rooms around and close by. The provision of lecturing rooms, a computer room, board rooms, a cafeteria, and open plan offices was included in the brief. The building should fit in with the other existing buildings on the site and also designed to allow the maximum natural light into the main core of the building.

Was the project envisaged in steel from the start? If not – why was it built in steel in the end?

Yes, the original design was definitely in steel. The flexibility of steel was the only answer to the curved structure of the building. The curved outline of the building simulates the hull form of an aeroplane. The curved spaces inside the building allow for the correct height in the centre of the building to accommodate the total envelope of the simulators to move freely in all directions. Both sides the building is lower to host the training rooms and other service rooms to support the operation of the simulators.

Give a brief description of the structural framing. What type of sections were used (e.g. hollow, cellular, I beams etc) and why?

The roof structure consists of a few steel portal frames. These frames are curved trellis trusses, about 900mm deep. The space between the roof sheets and the curved ceiling was used for services like HVAC, Electrical trays, fire detection, IT cables and data lines. The ceiling follows the curved trusses and consists of different layers of material to achieve the necessary insolation towards the control of the heat gain and also for sound absorption. The ceiling is a suspended ceiling with stainless steel, 20×20 mm mentis grid, then a 40mm thick black cineplex insulation batting with fibre cement ceiling boards on top of that and then fixed to the underside of the curved trellis trusses.

Were there any challenges in the fabrication of the project from the engineer’s design – if yes, please tell? Tell more about the fabrication and erection process if it was complex, difficult, innovative etc.

Yes, due to the size of the steel portal frame it had to be manufactured in four parts to ease the transport and also the erection of the frames. The rolling of the roof sheets was very difficult and a complexed operation.  The rolling of the sheets was done on site and had to be 100% accurate to follow the curve of the steel frame.

What is special/ unusual/ innovative/ aesthetic about the steelwork/cladding in this project?

The brown built roof sheets followed the curved steel trusses and were also extended along the curved structure downwards to form at the time the wall cladding. The roof sheets rapped the building to enhance the feeling of an aeroplane. 

As Ferro Eleganza having built all the previous buildings (Except for building 1) it was a great privilege to be part of this project once again.

The iconic curved buildings housing the Com Air Flight simulators have become a landmark known by all across the R21 from OR Tambo International airport.

These beautifully shaped buildings based on the shape of a large aircraft could only have been done by the use of steel. 

The structure consists of curved CHS pipe lattice trusses and lipped channel sheeting support rails. Where the structure is closed with ceilings the truss sections are made out of Hot Rolled angle sections in order to save costs for the client. Once the steel becomes exposed again it changes back to CHS pipes.

Both gable ends of the building are complete glass and steel facades. Comprising of Shaped “Plate Girder Fins” and Large RHS members between carrying the glass. Here much effort was required as no bolts were allowed at the connections so as to keep the look and not to clash with the glass.

This was accomplished by using locating lugs inside the sections and then careful site welding and polishing to create the required finish and look.

The erection of this building was a great challenge in its self.

Due to the curved shape of the trusses and the fact that they are only connected to the concrete bases with a single Pin on both ends these trusses cannot stand on their own.

Therefore the entire truss was assembled on the ground and then using two mobile cranes the first two trusses were lifted into position and then held there while the bracing and purlins were installed so that the structure could stand on its own.

Another challenge has always been the link tunnels between the buildings. These are narrow tunnels that give the idea of the tail end of the aeroplane.

 Here the curved pipes needed to be rolled at much smaller radiuses and much effort was needed to ensure that the steel structure could receive the curved sheeting.

To crank the sheeting to the correct radius and then fit it to the steel structure required much effort and the combined efforts of Steel and Sheeting Contractor together.

It was a great challenge to create what the architect envisioned, to accomplish what the Engineer required, and produce this beautiful building that could only have been done with steel.

Completion date of steelwork June 2018
Completion date of full project September 2018
Tons of structural steel used 70 Tons
Structural profiles used CHS, H/R Sections, C/R Lipped Channel
Nominator Ferro Eleganza (Pty) Ltd
Steelwork Contractor Ferro Eleganza (Pty) Ltd
Steel Erector Ferro Eleganza (Pty) Ltd
Corrosion Protection
Paintwork Contractor
Dram Industrial Painting Contractors


Tibani Shopping Centre

The building is designed around a steel structure that supports the vast steel roofs along with the glass window feature surrounding the inside of the walkways. Tibane Mall – 18000m2. The weight bearing properties of steel allows for unobtrusive canopies and unique designs throughout the building.

Benefits achieved by using steel construction

Benefits include cost savings, ease of installation and with the ProLok 700 Sheeting system, sheeting could be rolled on site in various long lengths to accommodate the design. Small adjustments that can be made on site (especially in such a remote location) and the bolt on features make steel the obvious material choice for a project of this size and design.

Aesthetic appeal

With the availability of different roof sheeting colours the client has the ability to match colours to suit and add appeal to the design. With the versatility of steel, an aesthetically pleasing design could be achieved.

Environmental/ Sustainability consideration

Steel is 100% recyclable and is an environmentally friendly product.

Innovation in Design Fabrication or construction

Accommodating the unique design that gives a feeling of an open air experience even inside the mall the fabrication of the steel support systems is unique to this project.

Technical process required for realizing the project

With the remote location of the project all manufacturing had to be perfect to stay within budget.

  • Having the ProLok 700 mobile mill on site improved the logistical process and ensured that the process was achieved in a timely and cost effective manner.

What is the purpose of the structure/project?

The Tibani Shopping centre will give a much needed boost to the economy of the rural Tibani area. Creating jobs for the local community and giving access to a modern retail experience.

Was the project envisaged in steel from the start? If not, why was it built in steel in the end?

Steel was the material of choice from the start.

 Give a brief description of the cladding process (complexity, difficulty, innovation etc).

The use of concealed fix roofing profiled on site in long lengths gives a massive advantage to any project and roof sheeter, however, working with long single lengths of sheets can also be troublesome and in some conditions dangerous. In the case of the cladding at Tibani, the wide open surrounds allowed for high winds to ensue over the building area and made the manufacturing as well as moving of long length sheets difficult. At some stages manufacturing as well as installation was halted due to high wind gusts. Perseverance during good conditions was key to getting the cladding done on time and installed to standard.

What is special/ unusual/ innovative/ aesthetic about the steelwork/cladding in this project?

The building design raised the walkway roofs from the front to back on both the entrance ways throughout the inside of the mall creating large amounts of natural light,

the steel structure used flows seamlessly with the glass borders making it not only functional but attractive as well.

How did the project team work together

The whole team worked very closely together, whenever a problem or a snag occurred the communication between all parties involved was prompt and solutions were put in place.

Completion date of cladding October 2018
Cladding profile/ type used 0.5mm G550 Prolok 700 for Roof
Cladding area/ coverage and tonnage 18000m2 / 110 Tons
Architect Rossouw Argitekte
Structural Consultants Proficient engineering
Quantity Surveyor SM Marè & Associates
Main Contractor Robert Skinner Konstruksie
Roof Sheeter Rainbow Sheeters
Structural Steel Quality Steel and fencing
Cladding Supplier Pro Roof Steel & Tube


WAGS Warehouse

The project features a two-story office block and a mezzanine office within the warehouse. The warehouse was designed for dolomitic conditions with a post-tensioned surface bed (FM2 finish). The warehouse steel structure consists of 3 girder trusses with a 32m span that supports a total of 27 portal trusses spanning 32m each. The average span for the purlins was 8m. The warehouse is roughly estimated at 28000 m² (excluding canopy area) with a total tonnage of 630t. The steel rate of the warehouse is 22.5kg/m2.

The steel structure was divided into 3 phases. The spring height for the warehouse is approximately 13.5m high. The portals are supported by reinforced concrete columns extending 12m above the surface bed with 305x165x40 Universal Beams which range between 3 and 7m in height.

The challenges faced during the erection of the steel structure were mostly natural causes such as rain and wind that made working conditions difficult and thorough safety precautions were adhered to

What is the purpose of the structure/ project?

Distribution warehouse

Was the project envisaged in steel from the start? If not – why was it built in steel in the end?


Give a brief description of the structural framing. What type of sections were used (e.g. hollow, cellular, I beams etc) and why?

The steel structure is a combination of I-sections, angles, hollow sections, cold formed sections, METSEC Z & C sections, T- sections. All these different sections were used for their different qualities to ensure the structural integrity of the large warehouse was met.

Were there any challenges in the fabrication of the project from the engineer’s design – if yes, please tell? Tell more about fabrication and erection process if it was complex, difficult, innovative etc.

The structural engineer made use of the lightest structural members without compromising the aesthetic and function required by the Architect and Client.

5What is special/ unusual/ innovative/ aesthetic about the steelwork in this project?

In terms of architectural – horizontal and diagonal steps were created to form shadow lines within the façade to break down the big-box aesthetic.

Completion date of full project 30 April 2018
Tons of structural steel used 630 Tonnes
Structural profiles used I-sections, angles, hollow sections, cold formed sections, METSEC Z & C sections, T- sections
Cladding profile/ type used Craft-lock
Cladding area/ coverage and tonnage 30 000 sqm Craft-lock roof 

Colourplus® material 0.55 Deep Ocean

10 000 sqm IBR Side cladding

Nominator Clotan Steel
Client/ Developer Fortress Property Fund
Architect ICM Architecture
Structural Engineer Sotiralis Consulting Engineers
Quantity Surveyor Quanticost Quantity Surveyors
Main Contractor Archstone Construction
Steelwork Contractor SE Steel
Cladding Manufacturer Clotan Steel Pty Ltd
Cladding Supplier Clotan Steel Pty Ltd
Cladding Contractor GM Roofing

We Buy Cars Warehouse

Providing a world-class roofing solution for a world-class facility. The client and developer’s brief were to use a concealed fix roof sheet that would minimise risk of leaks as well as prevent any end lapping on sheeting, that would furthermore increase risk of early corrosion on sheeting system.

Due to its profile shape, Craft Lock® sheeting has one of the highest capacities against wind uplift, when compared to other concealed fix profiles in South Africa. The depth of the profile furthermore ensures effective drainage of water from the roof, even on roof slopes as low as 1-degree pitch.

Craft lock® sheets were site rolled with a mobile mill, directly onto the roof by means of constructing scaffolding between the roll former and mobile mill. Continuous sheets in excess of 95m were roll formed and placed on the roof through this method.

The fact that sheets were roll formed and moved to the roof structure directly reduced handling of sheets, which mitigated damages to the profile. Once sheets were pushed to the roof by the mill, installers could place the sheets close to or in their final position. The above way of construction ensured minimal damages or scratches to sheeting, therefore providing a top-quality finished product.

23 500m2 Warehouse facility with 16m clear height at eaves. Effective use of combination of concrete and steel columns to reduce overall weight of steel structure. Addresses issue of long slender steel columns that would lead to unnecessary heavy elements. Effective Engineering design lead to light steel structure. Column free areas of 27x32m girds. Main girders designed from a combination of H sections as top and bottom cord with angle sections as vertical and diagonal members Secondary trusses all from angle sections.

Completion date of steelwork 2017-08-30
Completion date of full project 2018-01-31
Tons of structural steel used 539 tons
Structural profiles used Col’s      –  U-beams + castellated 

Trusses  –  angles

Girders   –  U-beams + angles

Cladding profile/ type used Craft-lock® concealed fix (roof) 

IBR profile sheeting for cladding

Chromadek®, 0,58 Fish Eagle White & Dark Dolphin

Cladding area/ coverage and tonnage 28 000sqm Craft-lock® concealed fix (roof) 

Chromadek®, Fish Eagle White & Dark Dolphin

11 000 sqm IBR sheeting (cladding)

Nominator Clotan Steel Pty Ltd
Client/ Developer Fortress Property Fund
Architect Trilogy Architects and Interior Designers
Structural Engineer Sotiralis Consulting Engineers
Quantity Surveyor Quanticost Quantity Surveyors
Project Manager Fortress Property Fund
Main Contractor M&T Developments
Steelwork Contractor B&T Steel
Cladding Manufacturer Clotan Steel Pty Ltd
Cladding Supplier Clotan Steel Pty Ltd
Cladding Contractor GM Roofing

Westlake Warehouse Erf 50

The warehouse structure consists of a 23000 m² warehouse structure with a two-storey office block a concrete roof slab and a warehouse mezzanine floor. The warehouse is clad in pre-cast concrete tilt-up wall panels and steel cladding. Internal columns are provided at 32 m centres with lattice girders spanning in between. The portal consists of trusses centred at 8 m centres, with end spans of 24 m and an internal span of 32 m. Concrete columns were cast to 13.5 m above the finished floor level with steel columns to the roof height. The warehouse floor was cast to FM2 surface regularity.

Externally 5m cantilever canopies were provided over the loading docks with an 11 m cantilever canopy required over the side loading bays. The total steel tonnage for the project was 485Tons.

The challenges faced on this project was the fast-tracked construction programs and working at heights with these tall warehouse structures. The fast-tracked construction program resulted in detailing done within 2 weeks by KRU Detailing to give SE Steel Fabrication the edge in the market.

Completion date of steelwork June 2018
 Completion date of full project 12 December 2018
Tons of structural steel used 485 Tons
Structural profiles used Member sizes :Columns=UB245*146*31 Truss top chord=100*100*8 Angle Truss bottom chord=90*90*8 Angle; Top & bottom chord of Girder=UB254*146*31; Roof bracing 70*70*6 & 80*80*8 Angle; Sag angle=45*45*3 Angle; Purlins=250*75*20*2.0 & 250*75*20*2.5 CFLC; Girts= 200*75*20*2.0 

CFLC; Vertical bracing=165*3.5 CHS; Louver Frames= 200*15*4.0 RHS & 150*150.4.0 SHS. Die langste span op die gebou is 252 meter die gebou self.

 Completion date of cladding October 2018

Mega Shed

First and foremost, the space was intended to be practical and utilitarian. It had to accommodate four cars and a workshop on the ground level, and a space in which the client could work, entertain and relax – a multi-use mezzanine level was incorporated for this purpose. Notwithstanding this functional focus, it was also intended for the structure to assume an interesting and visually pleasing form.


On a trip to Iceland in 2017 the client was struck by the number of buildings, both traditional
residential and modern commercial/mixed use, which were constructed in, or at least clad by,
steel. Furthermore, the clean lines and stark simplicity of Scandinavian design were greatly
appealing. Inspired by this, the client undertook a few concept sketches for a garage/workshop
which he thought would be an interesting project to undertake. He also wished to experiment with using steel as a building material, with a view to possibly employing the materials and methods in a house-build in the future.

The brief from the client was to design a multi-use garage-workshop-studio in a Scandinavian minimalist style, based on the concept sketches and imagery provided. The client felt strongly that the structural materials used in the construction were to be celebrated and presented as feature elements, not concealed by plaster, paint, etc. Steel I-beams are left exposed throughout the structure and all the internal walls and ceilings are clad in raw Oriented Strand Boards (OSB), a material not often considered a finishing.

The client always envisaged using steel for the exterior cladding. The one inherent challenge was that the structure might appear too ‘industrial’ for a suburban setting. This was mitigated by the use of timber externally (both on the double sectional garage doors and the cladding on the underside of the roof overhang) and internally (with the use of OSB cladding throughout).

Structural framing:
The structural framing consisted of I beams and lip channels mostly to keep the costs to a
minimum as well as keeping the main framing as basic as possible. The I beams were used for
the main portal frame to also allow the internal timber cladding to terminate into the top flange of
the beam while leaving the rest of the beam exposed as a feature. The I beam for the mezzanine also allowed for the structural timber beams to be supported within the flange of the beam.

The cladding seemed a standard application, specialized workmanship was required in aligning
the rib lines from the roof cladding down onto the side cladding, further the complexity ensued in the flashing details, whereby the eaves flashing had to conceal the edge of the roof cladding and the flow of the water. The barge and corner flashing were made up to suit the rib lines of the cladding. A specially designed gutter and cover flashing were required on the splayed end of the roof cladding ensuing a concealed edge and conforming with the eaves flashing, further all
cladding troughs covered by flashing were sealed with serrated closers.
The design incorporated an asymmetrical roof overhang detail, which was to be clad in timber on the underside, to match the garage doors. AS mentioned above the overhang required a concealed gutter and flashings which had to be custom-fabricated. Furthermore, all flashings on the front side of the structure were custom-fabricated in a slimmer profile than standard, to attain the level of aesthetics required by the client.

Completion date of steelwork 5 September 2018
Completion date of full project 1 March 2019
Tons of structural steel used +/- 4 tons
Structural profiles used 203x133x25 I Beams, 254x146x31 I beams , 356x171x51 I beam and 125x25x2.5 steel purlins
Completion date of cladding 18 October 2018
Cladding profile/ type used 0,55mm C1S Colorplus  “Thunderstorm” Nu-Rib roof, side and gable cladding


Cladding area/ coverage and tonnage 245 sqm/ 840 kg

Shell Ultra Escourt (North And South)

The purpose of the project is to provide a new customer experience different from a conventional fuel station. To align with the client’s vision of a more retail orientated experience.

What was the brief to the architect?

To design a building fit for purpose and to embrace the client’s brand.

Was the project envisaged in steel from the start? If not – why was it built in steel in the end?

It was originally conceptualised as a concrete frame building. A redesign of the look and feel of the building occurred to align with the context of the project.

Give a brief description of the structural framing. What type of sections were used (e.g. hollow, cellular, I beams etc) and why?

I-beams, H-columns, angles for bracing, circular hollow sections (tapered) used as features and lip channels for roof sheeting and side cladding support. Due to the low pitch of the double pitch roof of the main building and also the arch shape of one end of the mono-pitch roofs over the quick service restaurant area and part of the main building, a portal frame type of structure was adopted.   

Completion date of cladding November 2018
Cladding profile/ type used Klip-Tite 0.53mm Az150 C1s Slate
Cladding area/ coverage and tonnage Ibr 0.50mm Az150 C1s Slate
Nominator Global Roofing Solutions
Architect AECOM
Structural Engineer AECOM
Quantity Surveyor AECOM
Project Manager AECOM
Main Contractor TSK Bartlett

CMH Kempster Ford Dealership

The elliptically shaped building with an asymmetrically placed circular inner core was designed for BMW Umhlanga in 2000 and the roof consisted of a concrete ring beam with a tensile tent-type structure attached to it. CMH Kempster Ford, the building owners decided to convert the building into their new flagship dealership that would satisfy Ford international’s CI. The original building had no thermal qualities and it was only projected by a 2mm membrane. Needless to say, the internal thermal comfort was not great and had to rely on mechanical cooling.

Steel was the obvious choice due to its flexibility, durability and aesthetic value. The steel members allowed for great long and shallow spans and also for it to be extended beyond the building façade for greater solar protection. Braced roof overhangs of 4,0m were achieved and bring with it an added aesthetic dynamic.

The roof super-structure radiated from the internal circular ring beam to the oval-shape external ring beam using a combination of gusseted rafters for the shorter spans to I beam/angle-iron type trusses for the longer sections.

Due to the geometry of the structure very careful consideration design innovation had to be given to the roof and side cladding. The roof structure was a series of overlapping circular rings and GRS recommended Ziptec due to its ability to be tapered around the circular roof-scape. Another reason for choosing Ziptec was due to its high wind-loading capabilities as the sheeting was laid on a six-degree pitch. Horizontally laid IBR sheeting was used on the vertical face of the elliptical building and each every sheet had to be specifically rolled to the correct radius to fit each segment of the façade. The balance of the building façade was a combination ColorPlus – S Profile sheeting fixed horizontally to large parts of the building as well as Hulabond HBS Aluminium System Panels attached to a curved steel sub-structure. The latter work was done by Façade Solutions and the Colorplus sheeting was prepared and supplied by GRS

Due to the complex and intricate nature of the design and installation of the project, it was imperative that all the stakeholders be involved from inception. Experience played a major role in the ultimate success of the project and the client employed two key professionals that were involved in the project when first constructed in 2000- 2001. The Engineer, Linda Ness from NJV Consulting Engineers and the Architect from Hans Coetzee Architect. Linda Ness nominated Impact Engineering for the work at hand and their input and manufacturing abilities proved to be a catalyst of the ultimate success of the project. Their only recommendation was that GRS be involved due to their ability to provide the correct sheeting and cladding products from a design and supply point of view. The timelines were manic due to the clients trading requirements but all parties got stuck in and delivered an awesome new building to CMH Kempster Ford. Hans Coetzee Architect provided the services of Project Manager and Principal Agent.

Completion date of steelwork 30 MARCH 2018
Completion date of full project 30 MARCH 2018
Tons of structural steel used UNKNOWN
Structural profiles used I-BEAM / CHANNEL / COLD ROLLED ANGLES
SA content – if this is an export project LOCAL SUPPLIER:  IMPACT ENGINEERING
Completion date of cladding 26 JULY 2018
Cladding profile/ type used ZIPTEK 420      0.8MM GR9017 HAZY GREY N/F 

IBR 686            0.53MM AZ200 SLATE  N/F


Cladding area/ coverage and tonnage ZIPTEK 420      2326m²             7.310 TONS 

IBR 686            359m²               2.900 TONS     

KLIPTITE           159m²               830 KG

Nominator Global Roofing SA
Client/ Developer CMH
Architect Hans Coetzee Architect
Structural Engineer NJV Consulting Engineers
Project Manager Hans Coetzee Architect
Main Contractor Impact Engineering
Steelwork Contractor Impact Engineering
Steel Erector Impact Engineering

Cummins Southern Africa Regional Office Project

Sitting between Johannesburg and Pretoria, Waterfall is one of the largest urban developments, housing a concept which connects and integrates lifestyle and business.  Featuring high-quality purpose-designed buildings with a focus on mixed-use precincts, this area is already home to notable corporate beacons such as PwC, Deloitte, Dimension Data, Amrod and the BMW Group SA.

In the heart of the Waterfall Logistics Precinct, the new Cummins Southern Africa Regional Organization building rises from its prominent site alongside the N1 Highway off Allandale Road.

The aim for this mixed-use site was to deliver a unique and iconic modern design, which not only functions with integrity, flexibility and efficiency within the warehouse and office structures but also delivers a visual and fascinating experience for vehicles on the N1 as an iconic structure from all elevations. While every aspect of the facility was guided by the Cummins International Design standards with local adaptations, Empowered Spaces Architects has adapted and moulded these ideas into a marvel of design, making use of different colours and materials to accentuate the profile of the office and warehouse structures.

What was the brief to the architect?

To Create / Design a New Idea & Concept

The fluidity of the geometric forms was important in the massing of the structures, creating a regular gridded planning that was extrapolated into usable spaces which are seen in various progressive arrangements throughout the design. The combination of structural architectural elements grounded on a base format sets the tone for the overall three-dimensional form, the play and juxtaposition of heights and colour arrangement allowed for the desired architectural forms.

Was the project envisaged in steel from the start? If not – why was it built in steel in the end?

The structure is supported by 320 Tons of steel and roofed with GRS Klip-Tite steel sheeting, whereby sheeting accommodated the Architectural concept of the building.

Give a brief description of the structural framing. What type of sections were used (e.g. hollow, cellular, I beams etc) and why?

Hot & Cold Roll Profiles

Cranes will be installed in the building, as car/truck motors shall be assembled in the warehouse. Heavy steel was needed to support the structure. 

Give a brief description of the cladding process (complexity, difficulty, innovation etc)

To accommodate the design, cranking a sheet either side, GRS assisted to design a step-lap to accommodate the aesthesis of the design.   

What is special/ unusual/ innovative/ aesthetic about the steelwork/cladding in this project?

To create a visually exciting but functional building envelope that captured all the required amenities set out by the client without disrupting work efficiency. To create a model of visual and functional architecture that house numerous advanced design technics and construction but still allows universal access.

How did the project team work together (e.g. contractor involved early, challenges/ ease of communication etc.)

All teams worked well towards the end goal. The integration and support from GRS, the suppliers or roofing and cladding worked well with the roof installer and Architect on site constantly to achieve a stunning profile. Support from Alubond (Stalcor) was greatly appreciated when they supplied the Aluminium composite panels.

Completion date of steelwork 23/11/2018
Completion date of full project 2019/01/28
Structural profiles used Hot and cold rolled profiles
Completion date of cladding 31st October 2018
Cladding profile/ type used Klip-Tite, Nu-Rib
Cladding area/ coverage and tonnage 11750m2 Roof, Cladding 7000m2 (Total of 112 Tons)


The 1054

The 1054, strategically named after the property’s erf number, firmly places itself on Main Road Walmer, as a pavilion to the street edge.  Main Road has been established, as part of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Spatial Development Framework Plan, as a new business precinct within the bay and is expanding rapidly. Although business is growing along this main feeder route, many houses have merely been facelifted with a false façade that has really watered down the potential for the strip.

There were two main drivers behind the design of the building

Firstly, The 1054 needed to spark conversation about what is being developed, or not being for that matter along Main Road, and whether you love it or hate it, its intention is to initiate the discussion around what and how the potential of the road should be maximised by creating intrigue where buildings become destinations along the road, which sadly the currently renovated houses do not.  The 1054, is the first building of its kind along the 2.8km stretch of road.  Already within the 12months of the building’s completion, both property owners and developers have started to consider more exciting additions, alterations and in some cases new builds that are adding value to the street.

Secondly, as always, the budget was extremely tight and a design that both made the impact as above, as well as could be cost-effective was key.  The design needed to be stripped back of all the frills that we come to see on many commercial buildings and design a structure that used the

buildings basic structural form to create interest. Through stripping back the building to its essential elements, time could also be saved, which for any developer is advantageous. 

A single dynamic contrasting form to the street was proposed, the construction of which was like that of a warehouse.  A concrete framed base structure, on which precast concrete floor slabs were laid and a supporting structural steel framed upper structure.  Steel sections consisted mainly of square hollow tube and H columns with lattice trusses.  The interior envelope and wall construction used lighter framed steel stud work. The building could be erected rapidly with many elements being manufactured off-site.  Total construction time was 9months with the building coming in below R10, 000.00/m² including all ancillary works.

The building design played with solid and void, not the buildings external envelope, but the contrast of the seemingly solid exterior vs. its light and airy interior, the volume of which connects all businesses within and welcomes people up within the space.  A welcoming surprise to all. 

It was important for the building to be modular so that the ‘structural grid’ could be broken/sub-divided into smaller or larger sections based on the same repetitive GLA to accommodate different sizes of businesses that would establish within the space.  Currently, the building consists of a retail component to the Ground Floor, as it was essential to attract people in as a destination and in turn promote visibility for all other tenants namely the First Floor offices.  To the Ground Floor, we have a new concept restaurant, well-established furniture, and décor retailer and an up and coming hair salon.  The First Floor offices consist of us as an Architectural Practice, Structural/Civil Engineers, Finance House, Freight and a Pilates Studio.  The selection of tenants was fundamental for them to feed off each other but also to ensure the longevity of the mix for the developer.  

Completion date of steelwork January 2018
Completion date of full project April 2018
Tons of structural steel used 1850
Structural profiles used I-Beams/I-Columns/Lattice Trusses/Box Sections/Lip Channels
Completion date of cladding February 2018
Cladding profile/ type used Saflok 410
Cladding area/ coverage and tonnage 1373m2
Nominator DMV Architecture
Client/ Developer Symbolic Investments Propriety (Pty) Ltd
Architect DMV Architecture
Structural Engineer MEB Consulting Engineers
Main Contractor Jeremy Delport Construction
Steelwork Contractor Bisho Steel
Steel Erector Bisho Steel
Cladding Manufacturer Safintra
Cladding Supplier Clad All
Cladding Contractor Clad All