Growthpoint Properties brief for the Mount Edgecombe Business Park Phase 1 called for an upmarket industrial facility that offered a well-designed, aesthetically pleasing, yet practical series of units with maximum flexibility. The economics dictated a cost-effective solution to achieve Growthpoint’s required return on investment to ensure value to the shareholders.
The basic layout comprised of 15 units of 650 to 1800 square meters. The units had to be able to be easily linked together to allow for potential demand of a growing tenant. The Structural system had to thus be clear and flexible.
The site is well situated in the Mount Edgecombe industrial zone near Umhlanga Ridge north of Durban Central. The site provides for easy access to the national roads as well as close proximity to Durban’s northern economic powerhouse.
Phase one had to be planned in conjunction with a second phase across the main access road to achieving one large Industrial Complex that will develop and promote the Growthpoint Industrial Park Brand.
In Phase One, the access and on-site vehicular manipulation for the multiple units was the Architect’s priority. The car parking was separated and defined, as far as possible, from truck loading. The result was two steel-framed and cladded “sheds” that best makes use of the rectangular shape of the site. A clever collaboration between the architect and structural engineer in the early design phases culminated in an economic building grid that also accommodates the various sizes of units required.
The sharp lines of the steel cladding wrap the shed in a crisp manner that celebrates the “steel box”. Roof and side cladding read as one, thus accentuating the mechanistic aesthetic of steel.
Continuous clean eaves lines were achieved by the architect by excluding projecting canopies and recessing the roller shutter loading doors. The clean lines of these steel sheds were subtly interrupted and articulated at the Office/ Mezzanine components, using a simple concrete frame cut into the steel cladding.
The earthly muted grey tones and subtle planes of the concrete frames do not detract from the sleek steel shed while allowing for controlled signage and sheltered entrances. These elements add an understated definition and complementarity to the straight lines of the structural steel box.
The steel framed, louvered sun control on the Office façades which fold over the larger windows returns this concrete and brickwork component back to the steel aesthetic and results in a harmonious composition of scale. This Office element allows for expression of the individual tenants and adds an appropriate Urban Scale on the street front which again demonstrates the flexibility of the Steel Building type.
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|Physical address of the project
|54 600094 Street
|GPS Co-ordinates||-29.703360 , 31.038727|
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|Completion date of steelwork||21 July 2019|
|Completion date of full project||WBHO to confirm|
|Tonnage and steel profiles used||286 tons – angles, channels, beams and metsec profiles|
|Project Team Role||Company|
|Nominator||SAFINTRA South Africa (Pty) Ltd|
|Client/ Developer||Growthpoint Properties|
|Architect||Ries Shaw Architects|
|Structural Engineer||WSP Consulting Structural Engineers|
|Steelwork Contractor||Churchyard & Umpleby Construction (Pty) Ltd|
|Steel Erector||Churchyard & Umpleby Construction (Pty) Ltd|
|Cladding Manufacturer||SAFINTRA South Africa (Pty) Ltd|
|Cladding Supplier||SAFINTRA South Africa (Pty) Ltd|
|Cladding Contractor||MJC Industrial Roofing|
|Photographer, Photo competition||Kierran Allen Photography|
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|CLADDING (If applicable)|
|Completion date of cladding||6th September 2019|
|Cladding profile/ type used||Roof: Saflok 700 AZ200 0.53 Seaspray
Cladding: IBR AZ200 0.53 Seaspray
|Cladding area coverage||17 500m2|
|Cladding tonnage||93 Tons|