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Construction World November 2016ON THE COVER: In October 2015, Babcock was appointed as the official distributor in South Africa of Terex Trucks’ off-highway rigid and articulated trucks that are used in mining, quarry and construction applications.

From the highlands of Scotland where Terex Trucks is headquartered to the coal fields of Middelburg and home to Babcock’s flagship state-of-the-art branch, the two companies have been working hard over the last year to forge a pioneering spirit and a combined reinvigorated attitude towards performance, quality, customer care and after-sales service.

The highlight of the structural steel industry calendar, the 35th Annual Steel Awards.

The event culminated in the announcement of the overall winner for 2016, the Eastgate Phase II Redevelopment, submitted by Tass Engineering – Steelwork Contractors and project team members. In addition to being the overall winner, this project also won the Commercial Architectural Category.

The Eastgate Phase II Redevelopment encompasses a number of new structures to give the centre a major facelift. The primary change is the relocation of the lower level cinema complex onto a section of the roof-level car park, enabling more retail space at the lower level plus incorporating substantial additional retail space within the new cinema complex at roof level.

Eastgate Phase II redevelopment

The additions during various stages of completion. Spencer Erling, retired SAISC Director and seasoned Steel Awards judge convener remarked: “I’ve sent students there. I’ve seen the drawings. I just think that what they’ve achieved in a working shopping centre, is really a fantastic piece of engineering work.”

Doka’s formwork expertise is currently in demand during the construction of one of the busiest motorway viaducts in Germany. The Lahntal bridge located in Limburg dates back to the early 1960s and is 400-metre long. Every day about 100 000 vehicles cross the valley of the River Lahn on the viaduct. Its traffic load has increased sharply, so a new bridge is being built sited just a few metres west of the old viaduct.

A 170 m high office tower in Milan elegantly winds its way upwards and bears the signature of Zaha Hadid. Through the interplay of perfectly coordinated formwork and scaffolding solutions on the basis of a well thought-out safety concept, the shell construction could be completed within just 17 months.
In South Africa more than 1 300 tons of Form-Scaff form-and-falsework is on site at the Katherine Street Bridge where WBHO is undertaking a technically challenging project to construct Sandton’s latest showpiece structure.

With a span of 120 m including two bus lanes and a pedestrian walk way, the ultra-impressive cable stay bridge will form part of the City of Johannesburg’s new generation Rea Vaya BRT route linking Alexandra to Sandton. Its span over South Africa’s busiest highway will provide safer and faster access to the central business district for thousands of commuters every day.

Lahntal bridge

The Lahntal bridge located in Limburg dates back to the early 1960s. Its traffic load has increased sharply, so a new bridge is being built sited just a few metres west of the old viaduct, a 170 m high office tower in Milan elegantly winds its way upwards and bears the signature of architect Zaha Hadid and the Katherine Street Bridge.

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