ON THE COVER: The current economic and political climate in South Africa, the African continent and also in the rest of the world, make it tough for especially smaller players in the cement industry. Wilhelm du Plessis spoke to Richard Tomes, Executive, Sales & Marketing at AfriSam about the challenges and opportunities for cement companies in this challenging time.
Best Projects goes from strength to strength
Construction World’s Best Projects Awards is the only award that recognises excellence across the entire built environment – from contractors (civils, general builders and specialist contractors), to suppliers to professional services (architects and consulting engineers). It also recognises excellence in sustainable construction, and was one of the first awards in South Africa for green building.
This year’s competition attracted 48 entries. It was, as in the past, adjudicated by three judges, each of whom has been in the industry for decades and who represent various professional bodies of which they were presidents: ECSA, CESA, CIOB and MBA: Trueman Goba, Rob Newberry and Nico Maas. The judging of some categories led to robust debate, but in the end a clear winner in each of the categories was decided on.
The awards ceremony was held on 8 November in Johannesburg and was attended by some 220 guests. The MC was Professor Ian Jandrell – Dean Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of the Witwatersrand and who is also a director of Crown Publications, the publisher of Construction World.
Civil Engineering Contractors
In this category there was a Special Mention, ‘Port of Saldanha – Upgrading of General Maintenance Quay’ (Basil Read) and a Highly Commended award for the ‘Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and Khobab Wind Farm’ (Concor Infrastructure). The category was won by WBHO Construction for the ‘BRT Cable Stay Bridge over M1 Highway’.
Belo & Kies Construction received a Special Mention for ‘Lebowakgoma Shopping Centre’ and ‘Shell House – Residential Apartments’ while WBHO’s ‘Rosebank Towers’ was given a Highly Commended Award. The category was won by the impressive ‘Menlyn Reconfiguration Project’ by Concor Buildings.
From left: Winners of 2017’s Best Projects – 140 West Street; Mount Edgcombe Interchange, and Menlyn Reconfiguration Project.
Specialist Contractors or Suppliers
The judges commented that this category was a mixed bag of projects – but in the end the top projects were clear. Sika SA received a Special Mention award for ‘Hazelmere Dam Extension’ and Franki Africa was Highly Commended for ‘2 Pybus Road’. The category was won by AfriSam for the cement and concrete solutions it offered for the building of the PwC Tower in Midrand.
When Best Projects was started in 2002, the professional services category mainly attracted entries from consulting engineers. As Best Projects has grown, it now attracts entries from both consulting engineers and architects. For this reason this category will become two separate categories in 2018.
This year the judges have chosen winners for both consulting engineers and architects.
Paragon Architects and Paragon Interface won a Highly Commended award for ‘Sasol Place’ while the architectural winner in this category was ‘140 West Street’ by Paragon Architects.
SMEC South Africa was the winner for consulting engineers for their project ‘Mount Edgecombe Interchange Upgrade’, while the ‘Construction of Module 2 at the Welgedacht Water Care Works’ by Royal HaskoningDHV won a Highly Commended award and a Special Mention was given to Hatch Africa for ‘The construction of the Tugela River Pedestrian Bridge’.
The AfriSam Award for Sustainable Construction
This award, one of the first in South Africa to recognise sustainable building, was won by ‘Alice Lane Phase 3’ by Paragon Architects while the Paragon Group received a Highly Commended Award for ‘GE Africa Innovation Centre’.
From left: BRT bridge over M1; PwC Tower and Alice Lane Phase Three.