Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 - Page 101

FACTORY AND WAREHOUSE CATEGORY 265 Sydney Road This project entailed the redevelopment of the old Dunlop Factory at 265 Sydney Road in Congella, Durban. Perfectly positioned close to port operations, the aim was to provide large warehouses with suitable yard space on the historic site. The emphasis was on redeveloping an old and antiquated site into a modern, user-friendly facility with ideal yard spaces lending themselves to high, large span warehouses suitable for a wide range of tenants. Some of the challenges included tying into old structures. Trying to get the roof sheets rolled onsite and then lifting and installing them 160m across the roof presented a challenge, especially in the wind. Structural framing for the large span (120m) warehouses includes lattice trusses with spine girders and internal columns to optimise clear areas and spans for tenant usage. Special considerations included erection of the frames, and consideration of truss behaviour in sections during the rigging process. Steel Awards The original design had over 70 columns and an eaves height of 4.5m. Cousins Steel provided an elegant solution transforming the facility in a way that maximised space for its tenants, using 18 columns and achieving a clear 12 meter eaves height. The result is a modern facility for very little extra in terms of cost. Finishing the project well, and overcoming steel supply challenges to do so, provided a tremendous sense of satisfaction to the project team. Client: JT Ross Architect: Peter Ries Architects Structural Engineer: Cousins Steel International Quantity Surveyor: MLC Quantity Surveyors Project Manager: JT Ross Main Contractor: Rubro Building Cladding Manufacturer: Safal Steel Cladding Supplier: Global Roofing Solutions Corrosion Protection: Voight & Willecke Corrosion Protection/Paintwork: Insimbi Coatings 101