The new warehouse and offices for Hella Automotive serve as the gateway to Africa and helps to strengthen HELLA’s administration and logistics operations.

The Architectural Brief

The curved design of the building and roof structure was derived and influenced by the Hella Automotive logo which consists of an oval shape and the word Hella written in the centre. The design, therefore, captures the shape through a seamless oval extrusion through the entire length of the building and the glass façade reveals centrally the activities within the building.

The curved design of the building and roof structure required steel girder trusses that give the building its unique shape.

The unconventional curved design proved to be both economical and supports Hella’s ethos of transcending the conventional. Because of the building’s location adjacent to the freeway and it being experienced by motorists at high speeds, it was an important design consideration to come up with a design that will be both eye-catching to the passer-by and simultaneously provide a pleasant working environment for the employees and promote the Hella Brand.

Architecturally the building moves away from the post and lintel construction where the elements have connection points into a free-flowing structure that blurs the lines between wall and roof.

Cladding

Global Roofing Solutions rolled and cranking sheeting on site. Handling the entire length curved sheeting was challenging to hoist the curved full-length sheets onto the roof. The pictures truly emphasise the complexity which was successfully achieved. 

Global Roofing Solutions rolled and cranked the Klip-Lok 406 sheeting on site. Scaffolding had to be built approx. 6-meters into the air to accommodate the sheet length and curve herewith to roof and clad the building. Having GRS’s quality and technical teams on site to support the accuracy for this detail made it a success. Sheeting was hoisted up using cables and straps onto the roof for installation.

Challenges

Curved, steel girder trusses that give the building its unique shape, but also carries all the load, demanded of the structural engineers to think out of the box. They produced a design and drawings for the manufacturing of these members – without which the building would not have been a success. These trusses were manufactured in a local factory in Uitenhage.

How this project demonstrates the benefits of steel as a material

The GRS Klip-Lok 406 concealed fix steel roof sheeting was rolled out in one length on site to accommodate the design of the building. Special care had to be taken from a Health and Safety point of view since both the plant and the handling of these great lengths can present challenges – especially during periods of high winds.

How the project team worked together

BNM has been involved with a number of industrial projects for the Coega Development Corporation before but this was BNM Architects – Andrew’s first building of this nature. The team consisted of BVI consulting engineers (for structural, civil, mechanical and electrical) and FWJK Quantity Surveyors. The success of the project can only be attributed to a closed working relationship amongst all the members of the team. Jacques van Zyl (BVI) was the Principal Agent. The design was well executed by a very capable contractor – WBHO

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PROJECT OVERVIEW 
Physical address of the project  

 

Street Address  

Town  

Province 

  

 

81 Nürburgring Street, 

SEZ, Port Elizabeth,  

6100 

 

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Project Team Role Company
Nominator Global Roofing Solutions – A division of Consolidated Steel Industries (Pty) Ltd
Client/ Developer CDC
Architect BNM
Structural Engineer Bvi
Engineer Bvi
Quantity Surveyor FWJK
Project Manager Bvi
Main Contractor WBHO
Steelwork Contractor  
Steel Erector  
Cladding Manufacturer Global Roofing Solutions – A division of Consolidated Steel Industries (Pty) Ltd
Cladding Supplier Global Roofing Solutions – A division of Consolidated Steel Industries (Pty) Ltd
Cladding Contractor Scheltema & co
Corrosion Protection Bluescope Steel

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CLADDING (If applicable) 
Completion date of cladding  04/25/2019 
Cladding profile/ type used  Klip-Lok 406 with Curving 
Cladding area coverage   5000m2 (4000m2 roof + 1000m2 cladding) 
Cladding tonnage  31 tons