Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The New Mayors Parlour and Lift Installation

Another very interesting project entered into this year’s Excellence in Construction Awards was the new Mayors Parlour and Lift Installation at Durban City Hall that won in the category of Alterations, Additions & Renovations – Non-residential (under R20m).

The scope of work included the complete installation of a new lift, alterations to the existing lift core, the construction of the New Mayor’s Parlour, new offices and alterations to existing offices. 

The work involved construction of a new lift core from basement level to second floor level including demolitions of existing concrete slabs, additional concrete slabs etc.

The site was a controlled environment involving minimal noise and disruptions to the Mayor’s offices.  Time tables for council meetings had to be worked around and contract work on those days had to be minimised.  Further interruption of work caused delays to the completion date. Access to site was also a concern as the current entrance on the basement level was not to be used by contractors. This prompted the use of a mechanical hoist to gain full access to the second floor roof. The building finishes were not compromised and budgets were increased to accommodate the architect’s requirements.

The work was performed by Serengeti Projects CC.

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager


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