Wednesday, January 14, 2009

KZN Master Builders Association - News from Zululand

Greetings & Best Wishes for 2009 to all our Members, their staff and Families. May 2009 turn out to be the best one ever.

The Zululand Division is all packed to move to new premises at the end of January 2009. Although there is a lot of work to be done with alterations & renovations going on, we will be in the middle of all the construction and will be able to see our new offices rise out of the dust and take shape around us.

The premises is situated at 89 Rex Henderson Road ( Old Main Road ) Empangeni - next door to Amble Inn B&B and Conference Centre.

Thanks to Colin Cozens for spotting this house, who saw the potential for the Association to purchase the building and convert it to office space - not just for our own use, but to accommodate other Professionals in the Building Industry as well.

The MBA purchased this huge house / surgery and took transfer in June 2008. The Doctor stayed for six months longer to sort out & find other accommodation. Plans were drawn up by T.J. Architects in Richards Bay. They must have waved a magic wand, as the final plans for the revamp of the building are fantastic. CKM Quantity Surveyors did the rest and with all their detailed measurements, prepared the Bill of Quantities.

In December all the Zululand Division members were invited to tender for the alterations & renovations. Seven members responded with tenders and on the 12th January 2009, Contec Maintenance was awarded the contract to complete the magic started by T.J. Architects & CKM Quantity Surveyors, the ringmaster. Site handover will take place on Wednesday 14th. February 2009 @ 8.00am and work will start immediately, with the completion date being three months from handing over of the site.

At present the ground floor of the house consists of a Double Garage, 3 x Surgeries, a Reception area, Store Room, Toilets & a Walk-in Safe. This section will be converted to accommodate the MBA Divisional Offices for Zululand. The new design sees 3 Offices, a Board room, a Reception area, a Store room, a Kitchen, Toilets and a small Sales office eg. Cell Phones etc.

The top floor will be renovated and will offer 10 separate offices, to accommodate Architects & Quantity Surveyors or other companies in the Building Profession. The area will comprise of Offices, a Boardroom, a Reception area, a Kitchen, a Store Room and Toilets.

Parking for 21 cars will be provided at the back of the property for tenants, leaving 11 spaces at the front of the building for MBA Staff and Members, Clients & Public.

We can't wait to move in to our new offices and look forward to giving you regular progress updates on this Blog.

Manie Malan
Zululand Divisional Manager


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