New hospi­tal for Mitchells Plain

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

THE R394 MIL­LION con­tract for the construction of a new hospi­tal in Mitchells Plain has been awarded to Gri­naker-LTA, a sub­sidiary of the JSE-listed Aveng Group.

The con­trac­tor has moved on site, and said one of the most sig­nif­i­cant as­pects of this project was the em­ploy­ment of lo­cal labour, as well as the pur­chase of ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment from busi­nesses and res­i­dents in the Mitchells Plain and Philippi ar­eas.

Mark Bel­man, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor at Gri­naker-LTA Build­ing Cape, says: “Our con­tract, for long-stand­ing client the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Pub­lic Works, fea­tures strin­gent re­quire­ments in terms of the em­ploy­ment of HDI (his­tor­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged) ser­vice providers and womenowned en­ter­prises, as well as other groups in­clud­ing youth, women, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, re­ha­bil­i­tated drug ad­dicts and ex-con­victs. Th­ese em­ploy­ment statis­tics will be mon­i­tored monthly.”

Over and above th­ese stip­u­la­tions, the construction project will also train at least 150 suit­able candidates from the lo­cal com­mu­nity in build­ing skills such as brick­lay­ing, plas­ter­ing and paint­ing. In ad­di­tion, some of the candidates will be en­rolled with ac­cred­ited train­ing agents to un­dergo learn­er­ship train­ing and could be em­ployed on the project once they have com­pleted their train­ing.

This project also forms part of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works’ E x p a n d e d P u b l i c Wo r k s P r o - g ramme, which re­quires the em­ploy­ment of lo­cal un­skilled labour who must be trained dur­ing the course of the con­tract in life skills and construction dis­ci­plines. HIV/Aids aware­ness and train­ing will also be un­der­taken on site, in terms of the depart­ment’s stan­dard poli­cies.

Bel­man says Gri­naker-LTA looks for­ward to work­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to en­sure the suc­cess of the project.

The hospi­tal is a four-level build­ing that will of­fer 230 beds, with state-of-the-art med­i­cal equip­ment. The build­ing is a con­ven­tional re­in­forced con­crete frame on piled foun­da­tions with brick in­fill.

Face-brick will be used ex­ter­nally, with plas­ter and paint and par­ti­tions in­ter­nally, Bel­man says.

The hospi­tal will have tim­ber roof trusses with steel roof sheeti n g . G r i n a k e r - L TA’ s c o n t r a c t in­cludes all ex­ter nal works and land­scap­ing for the new hospi­tal, which is ad­ja­cent to the Len­tegeur Hospi­tal in an eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive area. Bel­man says pro­vi­sion has been made for the fenc­ing-off of cer­tain ar­eas to pro­tect the nat­u­ral flora and fauna dur­ing construction.

The project is due for com­ple­tion in Oc­to­ber 2012.

Other mem­bers of the pro­fes­sional team on this project in­clude Stauch Vorster Ar­chi­tects (project man­ager); Magqwaka As­so­ci­ates (lead ar­chi­tects); Mun­nik Visser Ar­chi­tects and New Era Ar­chi­tects ( s u p p o r t i n g a r c h i t e c t s ) ; Ta r n a Kl i t z n e r L a n d s c a p e Arc h i t e c t s ( l a nds c ap e a r c hi t e c t s ) ; Mahlati Liebe­trau (lead quan­tity sur­vey­ors); Siba Man­age­ment Con­sul­tants (sup­port­ing quan­tity sur­vey­ors); ASCH Con­sult­ing (lead struc­tural en­gi­neers); BSP Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers (sup­port­ing struc­tural en­gi­neers); Goba (Pty) Ltd (civil en­gi­neers); Tri­o­con (lead me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neers); BMDS Con­sult­ing (as­sis­tant me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neers); Tri­o­con (lead elec­tri­cal/elec­tronic en­gi­neers); Jakoet & As­so­ci­ates (as­sis­tant elec­tri­cal en­gi­neers); Golden Re­wards (com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ta­tor); Amath­emba En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Con­sul­tants (en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant); Com­prac Com­pli­ance Prac­ti­tion­ers (health and safety); and Keith Fletcher & As­so­ci­ates (fire con­sul­tant).

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