Monday, January 18, 2010

Durban Station Ready For Fans

Building Africa Bulletin recently featured the following article titled “Station Ready for Fans at Moses Mabhida”

The R126-million Moses Mabhida station-construction project in Durban is on track for completion in March 2010.

It is part of the upgrade of the Moses Mabhida Stadium precinct in central Durban ahead of the 2010 Fédération Internationale de Football Association World Cup. Piling, one of two new platforms and most of the new concrete structure is complete, says Steve Poorter, contracts director of Grinaker-LTA Building East.

"This is a demanding contract – not because of its scale but because of its complexity," he notes.

The contractor's scope of work covers three main elements: construction of the rail-infrastructure changes, including trackworks, overhead track electrification and signalling, construction of the two platforms and the station deck.

In addition to a very tight construction programme, challenges for Grinaker-LTA include working within an extremely busy operational rail network close to the main Durban station. Another challenge is that, located within an old river course, the site is plagued by a high water table.

Considering the uniqueness of this project and that Grinaker-LTA is a prominent member of the Association, it will in the near future be the subject of a news article /articles on ....... Look out for it.

Ernest Roper

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