Friday, October 16, 2009

High Praise For Award Winning Member

While doing some work on the 2009 Excellence in Construction Awards web pages since uploaded to, I came across a testimonial from the owners of 162 Point Road for Smith & Winfield, praising the work that had been carried out for them.

They state that 162 Point Road is a heritage listed building and that as owners they are proud to be part of Durban’s heritage, retaining its historical uniqueness was a non negotiable criteria.

They noted how important it was to use like-minded contractors in order to ensure that the desired result was achieved:

"There were extensive consultations with renowned heritage architect Eerhard Huizinga and AMAFA during the course of the project. Historical evidence was collected to ensure the correct decisions were taken that were respectful of the buildings past, understanding of it’s more recent past and then also to make the building usable in the current situation.

Besides the design issues, it was important for us to use like minded contractors to ensure we achieved the desired end result. We were fortunate that the two main contractors being Smith & Winfield and Mr. Red van Zyl of Woodrow Joinery were highly skilled in this type of work. Their enthusiasm for the project is reflected in the outcome.

Some of the contract difficulties were:
  • The intricate plaster work on the façade needed restoration as well as re-instatement in certain areas.
  • The façade was in a very bad state of repair generally due to a number of reasons and some later additions.
  • The condition of the building in general was derelict and uninhabitable.
As the owners and the client, we are very pleased with the outcome of the project. The relationship we had with the contractor during the whole project was excellent as the project was run professionally, within the required time period and within our budget.

We would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their dedication and enthusiasm. A historical building in Durban has been saved and as it is currently almost completely occupied, it still has a relevant part to play in Durban, a century after construction."

High Praise Indeed!

Ernest Roper

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