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

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.

Design solution

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  


Street Address



54 600094 Street  


Mount Edgecombe

KwaZulu Natal

GPS Co-ordinates -29.703360 , 31.038727
Google Maps link  
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
Quantity Surveyor  
Project Manager  
Main Contractor  
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
Corrosion Protection  
Corrosion Protection  
Paintwork Contractor  
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