MBA North member, Gauteng Piling, has bounced back from the lows of the lockdown to secure several major contracts to provide foundations for a building industry finally relieved of growth restrictions.
The Johannesburg company, led by industry veteran, Nico Maas, was contracted to provide piling for four major new contracts:
- Forest Mansions apartment block in Bramley;
- Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) campus in eMalahleni;
- Capital Hotel in Mbombela; and
- Offices for the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in Mahikeng.
For the Forest Mansions apartment at 96 Forest Road in Bramley, being developed by HB Realty, Gauteng Piling is providing 188 auger piles to provide the foundations for the four-storey building with 186 apartments. Keoatlaretse Tema, contract manager for Gauteng Piling, says the piles are up to 15m deep with diameters ranging from 250 to 1000mm. Steel reinforcement cages from 180 to 850mm in diameter are being inserted into the piles being provided on the 6 000m2 site.
“The main challenge on this project is to ensure that installed water and gas pipes on the site, where a previous structure has been demolished, are not damaged during piling drilling,” Tema stated.
The foundations for the TUT campus’ new five-storey student hostel – being built by Zidlaphi Kgomo Associates on a site of 14 000m2 – require 117 auger piles, with diameters of 600 and 650mm, says Loveness Mashala, Gauteng Piling’s contract manager for this project.
She is also managing the piling operations for the new Capital Hotel and Apartments in Mbombela, the latest addition to the Capital Group’s expanding network of corporate accommodation venues. “The foundations for this project, on an area of over 132 000m2, calls for 131 auger piles to secure two new buildings: a two-storey structure and five-storey building requiring piles with diameters of 300mm to 1 150mm, respectively. The average depth of the piles is about 6m,” Mashala explained.
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