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 ProLok 700 for roof
Cladding area/ coverage and tonnage 18000m2 / 110 Tons
Structural Profiles used Beams, Angles and Channels
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
Corrosion Protection Paintwork Contractor IPS Industrial Painting Services