African Design Magazine April 2016 - Page 16

BAYWEST MALL FACTS African project Baywest Mall • The architect’s team included around 22 people working full time on the project for over three years from offices in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town • During site inspections the team would walk around 13-20km each day • The mall covers some 90 000m2 of gross lettable area (GLA) • There are 3 500 parking bays, 50% of which are covered • Green design principles applied include: o 20% of land set aside for public open space and conservation area o Re-apply land use in these areas to protect endangered vegetation o AC which includes energy wheels o Use of solar panels/prismatic diffusers on the roofs o LED lighting throughout o The use of local materials/labour o Rainwater retention ponds for irrigation use o Public transport – full on site covered taxi tank and future BRT route o Lower carbon footprint o Creation of more than 7 500 jobs • Disabled Access (there are 10 000 wheelchair users in the region) • The roof area includes 75 000m2 of roof sheeting and 72 prismatic diffusers • 3 580 concrete columns • 62 500 cubic metres of concrete, with 4 000 tons of rebar • 12 000 tons of structural steel • 3,2km of internal shop-fronts • 16 000m2 of imported floor tiles (two rugby fields) • 1,2km of glass balustrades • Over 4 000 working drawings were created to construct from • A total of 100 sub-contractor companies working on the project