The difficulties of accessing remote sites, combined with the challenge posed by flight and travel restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, will result in a fundamental shift in the South African construction industry towards adopting digital assets. With many projects shuttered as a result of the lockdown, the industry is likely to adopt remote working as the ‘new normal’ in order to get these projects up and running again under Alert Levels 3 to 1.

Timed to be ready for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a new luxury hotel complex is emerging on Qatar’s coast: Katara Towers. In addition to hotel rooms, the towers, which are just over 200 m high, will also contain apartments, offices, leisure facilities and restaurants. For erecting the core walls in the towers, climbing formwork systems from Doka were used.

Recently, the President of South Africa announced an unprecedented massive infrastructure spend as the country tries to shake off the debilitating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. If we have learnt anything from our recent past, it is that we have the skills expertise and capacity to use this programme to make a massive difference. By Patrick McInerney and Christoph Malan, Directors of Co-Arc International Architects.

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