Despite the prevailing ‘doom and gloom’, the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has remained true to its role of industry champion during this challenging time, focusing on innovation, positivity and creativity – particularly with regards to this year’s Steel Awards. Here are the remainder of the awards.
Other category winners are as follows:
- In the Mitek Industries South Africa Light Steel Framed Building category, the winner was the Protea Glen Secondary School, constructed for the Gauteng Department of Education. This was one of nine schools commissioned by the Department, the aim being to adjudicate various building systems and their advantages – and how these could create structures conducive to learning. The project capitalised on the key features of light steel frame building, namely: speed, thermal efficiency, acoustics and flexibility of design. The architect on this project was Local Studio, the structural engineer, the Structural Workshop, the engineer Luleka Consulting Engineers and the main contractor Abacus Space Solutions.
- In the ArcelorMittal South Africa Architectural category, the winning entry was the Peech Hotel located in Melrose, Johannesburg. The architect on this project, Meshworks and structural engineers EVH Consulting, were charged with extending the existing hotel onto a newly acquired adjacent property. Steel was used throughout the project to express a layered architecture of lightness, and as a tool in the integration of built form with landscape.
- In the Industrial category, the winner’s trophy went to the Omnia Nitro Phosphate Plant constructed for the diversified chemicals group Omnia. The nominator, steelwork contractor and steel erector was SE Steel Fabrication (Pty) Ltd. With tight project deadlines and multiple challenges including working at a height of up to 46 metres, this complex plant construction was achieved safely and on time.
- Winner in the Global Roofing Solutions Metal Cladding Category was a building named the 1054, designed and nominated by architects DMV Architecture, with the main contracting carried out by Jeremy Delport Construction. The contrast of the building’s solid exterior with a light and airy interior succeeds in creating a welcoming and connecting space.
- In the SAISC Steel Awards Commercial Category, the building constructed for KTM Raceworx made innovative use of a steel frame system with cellular beams to support the floors and accommodate HVAC and other services. The nominator in this instance was Macsteel while the structural engineer and main contractors were J and C Structural and Civil Design.
- The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers of South Africa’s (ASTPM’s) Tubular Category was won by the structure Fourways Mall Promotions Court. As part of the upgrade of the Fourways Mall, the new roof is essentially a tubular structure, which is lightweight and aesthetically very pleasing. The nominator and steelwork contractor was CADCON Pty Ltd, and the architects were Boogertman & Partners.
- In the Safintra South Africa Factory and Warehouse category, top honours went to Chilleweni Cold Storage Solutions. Constructed in Gosforth Park Germiston, the building’s fresh design approach has given rise to a visually appealing industrial, fit-for-purpose industrial building. The nominator was Global Roofing Solutions, the structural engineers were DG Consulting Engineers and the architect was Empowered Spaces Architects.
- The SAISC Steel Awards Bridges Category went to the CTICC Skybridge, which connects the Cape Town International Convention Centre with the CTICC East Expansion. This bridge allows the two buildings to function effectively as an integrated unit and epitomises the CTICC’s main purpose of connecting people. The nominator was Anchor Steel Projects, while the architects of this graceful structure were Convention Architects while the steelwork contractor and steel erector was Anchor Steel Projects.