Here are all the winners off the Fulton Awards. They were announced at a gala event which was held in the Drakensburg on 8 June 2019.
Category: Buildings up to three storeys
The form and siting of the four residential buildings are generated from the sloped site’s sectional development, the prevailing coastal climate, and to maximise views of the Indian Ocean. The large 3,5 metre cantilever roof overhangs providing shading and rain protection, as well as unfettered interior/exterior spatial connections necessitating long clear spans of nearly 10 m, maximised the potential of off-shutter concrete as both a primary finish and a structural material. This resulted in elegant and contemporary, architecturally sculpted concrete forms. Well crafted, the concrete consistently displays highly refined off-steel architectural concrete surface finishes, whether as structural elements, walls, thin roof elements or as polished floor surfaces.
Commendation – 37 Commerce Crescent
Category: Buildings > 3-storey
Battery Park, at the entrance way to the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town incorporates a park and piazza, a concealed multi-level parking facility, as well as new pedestrian routes. The site is also archaeologically important, as it contains the remnants of one of the city’s oldest structures, the Amsterdam Battery.
The inventive use of different concrete elements is notable, including the interpretation pavilion that features a total of 123 precast panels, concrete treads, seats and park benches, and the skate park which was constructed by hand-packing 90 m3 of concrete. The concrete elements are all of very high quality. This project displays the amazing versatility of concrete and shows off exceptionally detailed and finished concrete elements.
Commendation – 236 Buitengracht Street
Commendation – Water City – New HO for Water & Sanitation, CTCC
Category: Innovation in concrete projects
Sal & Caldeira
An innovative ‘top down’ construction method was used for the construction of a new seven-storey building along a very popular avenue in Maputo. The site had a steep incline and was surrounded by high-end buildings. One of the restrictive land laws of Maputo is that no anchors may protrude into adjacent properties. The planned building has three storeys below ground level. Conventional sheet pile walls that can support a three-storey excavation would firstly have been very expensive and secondly, would have extended the construction programme significantly.
Construction costs and time were significantly reduced by using this innovative and successful construction technique, which has had a significant impact on the building construction sector in Maputo.
Commendation – N17-1 Regent’s Park Pedestrian Bridge
Category: Innovation in concrete
This project showcases a world-class art and cultural centre in an exceptional natural location. It is an impressive blend of concrete, glass, steel and timber, with concrete being the primary element in both the structure and the façade finishes.
The primary internal and external elements are precast smooth and textured concrete panels. The quality and consistency of these panels is exceptional. The innovation relates to the development of the panels, using a rigorous process of testing and sampling to achieve the desired finish, as well as to the sensitive and successful blend of in-situ and precast concrete. The overall impression is a stunningly beautiful building, with excellent use and quality of concrete.
Category: Architectural concrete
House La Lucia
The house is a traditional open veranda ‘concrete structure’, facing only the sea to ensure privacy.
Founding the structure on a primary dune required continuous-flight auger reinforced concrete grout piles. The structural system comprises a reinforced concrete framework with precise in-situ cast roof slabs, walls and floors, with close attention being paid to surface details to ensure concrete finishes of an extremely high standard.
The external finish was conceived as a ‘distress concrete’ finish, purposely displaying a honeycombed, pitted travertine–like concrete skin. This 70-mm in-situ cast skin required a special concrete mix and complex shuttering applied onto the structural concrete wall behind, over insulated bond breaking layers and with stainless steel mesh reinforcement.
The end result and high standard and consistency of concrete achieved allows this project to be a worthy Fulton Award winner in the ‘Architectural Concrete’ category.
Commendation – Origins Rock Art Gallery
Category: Infrastructure less than R100-million
New Arch Bridge over the Olifant’s River
The new Olifants River bridge is part of the works for the upgrading of the N7 from a single carriageway to a dual carriageway, in the vicinity of the Olifants River, about 280 km north of Cape Town. The new bridge is approximately 166 metres long, including a 93-metre long arch.
The Olifants River bridge uses the ancient structural form of arch in an innovative way, giving an aesthetically pleasing modern version of the arch form. The deck profile is constant along the full length of the bridge, and the twin columns and arch result in a less bulky and more open structure. It has some unique design features and construction techniques which make this bridge a testament to excellence in the use of concrete.
Commendation – eThekwini Municipality M25-C9 Underpass
Category: Infrastructure > R100-million
The Bay of Maputo has always separated the city of Maputo from the south bank village of Katembe, and the development of the entire area south of Maputo has consequently been severely retarded. The solution was to construct a 680-metre long suspension bridge over the bay, as well as all the approach roads and interlinking bridges.
Concrete, all site-batched, of the highest quality was used. In total, 340 000 m³ of highly durable concrete was cast and the stringent quality control system required testing of over 51 000 compression cubes, with durability indexes being tested in South Africa.
Many aspects of the bridge pushed design and concrete capabilities to the limit, notably the pylons and bases, the cable anchors, and the balanced cantilever spans that were curved in plan.
Commendation – Kathu Solar Park
Commendation – Grayston Pedestrian Bridge