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Construction major wins big

Online since 9.03.2018 • Filed under Professions - Construction & Contractors • From Issue 23 page(s) 44-45
Construction major wins big

A well-remembered name in construction recently returned in a new guise and has made a great showing in the 17th annual Construction World Best Projects competition, showcasing excellence in the South African building and civil engineering sectors.


Experienced members of the construction fraternity judge the awards, which are hosted by Crown Publications, the publishers of Construction World magazine. There are six categories available for project entries and they are judged according to a range of criteria that include construction innovation technology, design, cost, quality, risk management, health, safety, corporate social investment and environmental impact. In the Building Contractors category, Concor Buildings won the top award for its Menlyn Shopping Centre project; and in the Civil Engineering Contractors category, Concor Infrastructure received a Highly Commended award.


Menlyn Shopping Centre


Winning the Construction World’s Best Project award in the Building Contractors category is a huge accolade for Concor Buildings, especially given the scale and complexity of this contract. In a R2,2 billion extension and refurbishment, this project has made Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria the ‘biggest shopping experience’ in Africa. The length of the malls – on four levels – is now over 3,4km and the shops cover 173 500m2 of floor space. In addition to all the refurbishment work – which included 14 000m2 of mall ceilings and tiling – some 60 000m2 of retail space was added. All this was completed in less than 15 months. There were close to 60 subcontractors on site when the project hit its busiest phase, with about 100 bricklayers placing 3,5 million bricks.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this job was that tenants and shoppers still had access to the existing mall areas so there could be business as usual. This meant that many of the teams worked at night so that tasks were done before the mall opened each day at 08h00.


The project received a Green Building 4 Star rating for its environmental and sustainability considerations, a first for the retail sector in South Africa. To fast track the construction programme, the project made use of steel elements which were fabricated in advance in a controlled factory environment. These were used to achieve a contemporary and timeless atmosphere with light-filled spaces, also including aesthetic features. With limited space, all logistics were carefully planned so that delivered materials could be quickly erected, creating space for the next deliveries. Innovative use was made of smaller cranes and spider cranes on the decks to move steel to required areas. and bacteriological rollers for the remainder. Many environmental issues were addressed, including protecting and trans locating threatened and endangered plant species, as well as reclaiming contaminated soil through bioremediation.


Remarkable safety record

The credibility of the Awards is ensured by the experience of the three judges, each of whom has been in the industry for decades. They also represent various professional bodies of which they were presidents: the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Master Builders Association (MBA).


Concor Buildings / Concor Infrastrucuture

(formerly Murray & Roberts)

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Issue 23

Issue 23

March 2018

This article was featured on page 44-45 of
To Build Magazine Issue 23.

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