Issue 78: November | December 2016 R245 million upgrade leaves East Rand Mall shoppers spoilt for choice this festive season East Rand Mall, voted the most popular mall in its region, is set to be even more popular following the upgrade of this iconic shopping hub. Boksburg shoppers are spoilt for choice this festive season with an inviting new look as well as an extended tenant mix. installation of the stunning new ceiling structures (read more in the left panel). The project was executed in two phases with a very tight programme which required the team to meet numerous deadlines to complete the various sections. The mall's upgraded entrances and new veil cladded external façades draw visitors with its eye-catching appearance. Among the new additions to its fashion offering are trendy fashion retailers Forever New, Kurt Geiger and Factorie, all of which add to the ultimate shopping experience. Valued at R245 million, this project further solidiﬁes the NMC Construction Groups’ positioning in the retail sector. The scope of works on the project comprised of the construction of a new build section to the mall and a parking level. In addition, renovations to the old mall included an upgrade of ablutions as well as the refurbishment of new retail stores and the Due to multiple contractors having to work in different areas at the same time, effective planning and coordination was key in order to achieve optimal performance. In doing this, each contractor could achieve their goals with minimal disruption. Of the 200 plus stores in the mall, over 60 were moved and/or refurbished during the project. The East Rand Mall team has done a great job. Successfully completing this project and living up to the title afforded to them in 2014 as the NMC Construction Groups’ Team Achievers of the Year. “Working with a number of stakeholders on a project with so many variables was challenging. Trying to accommodate all parties from consultants to client, tenants to the public took extensive planning. A word of thanks goes out to our clients Redeﬁne and Vukile for their support during the project. They played a fundamental part in the overall success of the project. Also to the principal agents, SIP for their drive to provide the client with a good product, something that has been complimented by the public while we were performing our operations. We had a strong team and a big thank you to everyone for their commitment and dedication on this project. We hope that we all can form part of another successful venture.” Fernando Sboro, Contracts Manager.