New hospital for Mitchells Plain
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).