R + N Mas­ter Builders cel­e­brates an­niver­sary with NGO ren­o­va­tion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY - SATUR­DAY

CAPE Town con­struc­tion com­pany, R + N Mas­ter Builders, for­merly known as Res­nekov & Nielsen, is cel­e­brat­ing its 65th an­niver­sary.

The com­pany has been in­volved in con­struc­tion in Cape Town since 1948, and has grown from a small en­ter­prise into a ma­jor firm.

In a fiercely com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment, R + N is renowned for tech­ni­cal pro­fi­ciency, com­ple­mented by solid con­struc­tion method­ol­ogy, project man­age­ment skills, and an ex­pe­ri­enced work­force.

“Our staff are key to our suc­cess,” says R + N di­rec­tor Shay Nicholls.

“Sixty per­cent have been with R + N for more than 15 years and 15 per­cent have had more than 35 years’ ser­vice.”

The other di­rec­tors are Brian Rabi­nowitz, Kevin Dore, Carla Bester and Roger But­tress.

Rabi­nowitz says: “The work ethic of the five di­rec­tors is based on good old-fash­ioned val­ues, hard work and real col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween client and con­trac­tor, which are key dif­fer­en­tia­tors.”

Suc­cess­ful projects in­clude both phases of the 60 000m² Cape Quar­ter shop­ping cen­tres, Stan­dard Bank, Absa Bank, Netcare Hos­pi­tals and the At­lantic Cen­tre on the Fore­shore, and the Tramways Build­ing in Wood­stock.

R + N has also made a name in ren­o­va­tions, of­fice re­fur­bish­ments and restora­tions and for many years has been as­so­ci­ated with the preser­va­tion of her­itage build­ings.

“Rather than de­mol­ish build­ings that are of cul­tural and his­toric sig­nif­i­cance, old struc­tures are re­designed and re­mod­elled to meet the re­quire­ments of the new func­tion and the owner’s par­tic­u­lar re­quire- ments, with as much of the orig­i­nal con­struc­tion as pos­si­ble be­ing pre­served,” Rabi­nowitz says.

“We have tack­led projects rang­ing from the Life­styles on Kloof Cen­tre, Sov­er­eign Quay in Som­er­set Road and the Kirsten­bosch Restau­rant to the con­ver­sion of 34 St Ge­orges into 68 apart­ments and the Longk­loof Stu­dios.

“How­ever, our busi­ness does not ex­ist in iso­la­tion – con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity is im­per­a­tive for us.

“We re­cently up­graded Ons Plek – Siviwe House, a home for girls who have lived, worked or begged on the streets of Cape Town. We com­mit­ted a large sum of money and re­sources to up­grad­ing the home of th­ese girls, to help them up­lift them­selves and strive to bet­ter their lives... our com­pany phi­los­o­phy is sim­ple: we get in­volved from be­gin­ning to end.”

HOME RUN: Res­i­dents of Ons Plek – Siviwe House, which has been up­graded as part of R + N’s 65th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

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