Cornubia Shopping Mall is an 85 000 m² regional shopping centre that offers a mix of food, fashion, lifestyle and sports, which are all integrated into an outdoor family-orientated shopping experience in KwaZulu-Natal. The brief to the architect was to create a differentiated shopping and leisure experience that would resinate with people in the region.

The shopping centre is an open-air development with various nodes that all have their own unique design elements and architectural language. The surrounding landscape and natural elements have been incorporated into the design and the various nodes are connected through sidewalks, bridges, landscaped walkways and park-like open areas where visitors can connect and relax. Moving through the walkways, pedestrians are shielded from nearby traffic through elevated walkways and parks that are surrounded by vegetation. The luscious leafy ring of landscaping creates a feeling of calm and relaxation for families and visitors. It has also achieved the goal of creating a recreational retail experience for shoppers.Sustainability was an important goal for the developers and the centre has achieved an environmental merit certification for its use of recycled rubber, one of the world’s most hazardous waste streams, in the manufacture of roof coping tiles equating to 6250 cubic meters of rubber not reaching landfill.The majority of the development was constructed with brick masonry with a steel roof and canopies. The structural profiles of the shopping mall include I-Beams, channel, cold rolled and angle profiles. 1300 tons of structural steel was used for the roof and Global Roofing Solutions supplied 72000m2 of Klip-Tite for the project.

Social transformation was another key goal of the project. During the course of design and construction, 1100 people received access to work readiness programmes that will help them obtain permanent employment and 2500 people received temporary jobs.The end result is a new regional shopping centre that creates a pleasurable experience for visitors and also achieves a triple bottom line for the developers. The social impact, economic measurables and sustainability goals has helped the centre achieve a balance of ecology community, financial feasibility to ensure that the development will of benefit to current and future generations.

Tons of structural steel used 1300 tons
Structural profiles used I-Beams, Channel, cold rolled , Angles
Cladding profile/ type used Klip-Tite, IBR 686
Cladding area/ coverage 72000m2
Cladding tonnage 408Tons

Project Team

Project Team Role Company
Nominator Global Roofing Solutions
Client/ Developer Investec Property Group
Architect Bental Ass
Structural Engineer Pure Consulting
Engineer CKR Consulting engineers
Main Contractor Wilson Bayly Homes
Steelwork Contractor Cadcon
Steel Erector Cadcon
Cladding Manufacturer Global Roofing Solutions
Cladding Supplier Global Roofing Solutions
Cladding Contractor Chartwell Roofing

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