African Design Magazine November 2016 - Page 63

African project Mall of Africa – South Africa offices, homes, hotels, a hospital, light industry and the all-important lifestyle and leisure components. The precinct master plan’s urban design seeks to promote an integrated live-work-play environment. The developer undertook major roads upgrades around the development to make it easy for shoppers to arrive at Mall of Africa’s 26 entrances. Challenges Construction began in October 2012, providing a construction period of just 42 months for this development, which included 12 months for bulk earthworks. The sheer magnitude of the project and the limited construction period for completion posed an interesting challenge. The structural engineer and the architects needed to stay ahead of the contractor with design and construction documentation. There were various teams on site pouring concrete slabs at a rate of up to 40 000m2 per month. “Meticulous planning, innovative design solutions and ongoing collaboration between all stakeholders enabled us to keep meeting deadlines and resolving challenges to reach the key milestones of the programme. There was a phenomenal team of professionals working together, which allowed us to meet the deadline,” explains Kanakakis.“ Another challenge was remaining focused on creating the retail and design vision within commercial constraints for almost four years,” she adds.