The July issue of Construction World features an in-depth interview with Basil Read's CEO, Marius Heyns. Basil Read, a major construction and engineering company recently announced its results for the period to 31 December 2011. These results show that the company has withstood another year of difficult trading conditions and global economic volatility.
Two prominent consulting engineering companies, Hatch and GOBA have announced their intention to merge their businesses in South Africa, which would result in the new entity becoming one of the more significant multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral engineering consultancies in the country.
The facilities management feature focuses on Skyriders: the company continues to establish itself as the leading rope access services provider in South Africa, following the company's continued success at a number of high-profile projects.
From left: Basil Read's CEO, Marius Heyns; Hatch Africa managing director, Rory Kirk; GOBA executive chairman, Trueman Goba and Skyriders marketing manager, Mike Zinn.
Aurecon's Competency Leaders are tasked with ensuring their teams collaborate globally to share best-of-breed skills in the different industries and geographies in which the company operates. Further, they are tasked with understanding the needs of the group's clients and responding accordingly. The result is a winning combination of resources to enhance every project the group works on, regardless of location.
Various shopping centres have recently been completed or commenced construction. The construction of Newcastle Mall has been completed by Aveng Grinaker-LTA, and this new shopping destination in the northern KwaZulu-Natal town of Newcastle was officially opened by President Jacob Zuma.
A new era in shopping is beginning for Lephalale and its surrounds with the Lephalale Mall development. Lephalale Mall will open its first phase with 14 800 m2 of retail shops on 22 November 2012. It will include anchor tenants Game, in a large 4 200 m2 store, and Checkers, in an equally impressive 4 100 m2 store.
Aurecon's Lynnwood Bridge office; Tshwane, Newcastle Mall and the soon-to-be Lephalale Mall.
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Owning a bit of Sandton
Barrow Properties is developing a sectional title office block - Katherine & West - in the heart of the Sandton CBD. This will enable smaller companies to own their own office units at this prestigious address.
High praise for Light Steel Frame Building method
Boogertman + Partners Architects has given the thumbs up to the light steel frame building (LSFB) method. Boogertman's latest high-profile project, the new Pretoria head office of accounting giant Deloitte makes extensive use of LSFB.
New home for major construction company
Murray & Roberts Construction, South Africa's leading construction services and contracting company, has leased and refurbished the building next door to Murray & Roberts' Douglas Roberts Building in Skeen Boulevard, Bedfordview.