Twin milestones for Ekurhuleni

LTE Consulting helps City meet its development goals

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LTE Consulting develops SAAME Building for the City of Ekurhuleni Real Estate Department

Project overview

SAAME Building, built over 50 years ago, is an eight-storey Municipal Administration building located at the corner of Queen and Spillsbury Street in Germiston CBD, having housed various COE (previously EMM) departments. COE Real Estate Department—Property Development Division, took the decision to revamp the building as part of its Germiston Urban Renewal: Germiston Civic Precinct Programme.

SNAPP Architects was appointed as the lead design team and LTE Consulting was appointed as construction management team for the refurbishment of the building. The scope of works included planning, design, project management, and construction management for the demolition and construction.

Aim of the project

The aim of COE Real Estate Department was to revamp SAAME Building into a modern landmark that defines the future of Germiston by stripping the building to its core and rebuilding it from the inside out.

Objectives of the project

The refurbishment of SAAME Building was not just about creating more office space, but also:

  • Provides a user friendly Community Customer Care Centre (CCC) within the Germiston CBD
  • Provides friendly public interface on ground floor, with Departmental offices on upper floors
  • Optimizes and densify council owned space with increased asset value and revenue enhancement
  • Increases economic opportunities for local labour and suppliers
  • Reverses grime and crime in Germiston CBD
  • Promotes civic character.

Key milestones
The key milestones include:

  • Strip, repair and refurbish the building as per client requirements in line with latest National Building Regulations and SANS 10 400
  • Incorporate a modern façade
  • Respect and maintain Heritage elements of the building
  • The incorporation of the economic development of the community through job creation and local contractor development
  • Youth empowerment through work mentoring.

Deliverables

  • Accommodation for following users:
  • COE Water and Sanitation
  • COE Roads and Stormwater
  • COE Energy and Electricity
  • COE City Planning
  • COE Human Settlements
  • Germiston CRM
  • Office Accommodation for 235 COE personnel
  • Seating for more than 100 customers
  • 49 Hot desks
  • User friendly walk in environment
  • Safe, secure venue to engage the City

Conclusion

As a retrofit refurbishment project, numerous challenges were encountered during demolitions that were unforeseen during the planning and design phase, notably the serious state of structural disrepair of the building. This has led to significant structural repairs not envisaged nor accommodated in the Bill of Quantities. These challenges have had a significant knock-on effect on the progress of the project. It was envisaged that the works would be complete by June 2019; however, the completion date has been revised to November 2019.

With safety being a paramount factor to proceedings, LTE Consulting places tremendous emphasis on that the structural integrity will not be compromised. We remain confident of the successful completion of the project that will echo Ekurhuleni’s mission of providing sustainable and people-centred developmental services that are affordable, appropriate and of high quality. Our focus is on social, environmental and economic regeneration of the City, as guided by the principles of Batho Pele.

City of Ekurhuleni engages LTE Consulting in the expansion of Springs Fresh Produce Market

Project overview

The Springs Fresh Produce Market, located at the corner of Paul Kruger Road and South Main Reef Road, Geduld, Springs, has been supporting local and regional farmers since 1985. The market operates 24 hours a day, with deliveries taking place from evening to early the next morning. Once the market opens for sales, there is a vibrant atmosphere till closure, after which the process starts again. Due to the increase in demand for market space, COE Economic Development (COE ED), as custodians of the market, decided to add an additional 5000m2 of trading space.

Aim of the project

The aim of COE ED was thus to create additional market space without interrupting the current activities, but more importantly, once complete, the expansion should allow for seamless trading amongst the old and new market space.

Objectives of the project

As noted above, the objectives included:

  • Conduct all relevant studies, designs and reports to ensure a quality approved facility
  • Conduct construction activities in a manner so as not to obstruct current market activities
  • Maintain the look and feel of the existing market, but with modern materials and finishes
  • Ensure safety of all users, staff and personnel at all times
  • Increases economic opportunities for local labour and suppliers
  • Key milestones

The key milestones include:

  • Geotechnical studies, engineering designs, town planning and architectural designs
  • The incorporation of the economic development of the community through job creation and local contractor development
  • Youth empowerment through work mentoring.

Deliverables

  • New market trading area
  • Link between old and new market ensuring seamless trading
  • Parking and access for additional traffic
  • User friendly environment
  • Safe, secure venue to engage the public and traders.
  • Existing market

Conclusion

The project is progressing on schedule, with completion anticipated to be in November 2019. With the exception of severs rains that have led to a water logged site on several occasions, as well as the day to day challenges, the project team has enjoyed favourable progress to date.

With the completion of the expansion to the market, the additional trading space will allow for increased economic activity in the area, new job opportunities and access to more produce for the public, all of which lead to ensuring the City of Ekurhuleni is on track to meet its development goals.

LTE Consulting (PTY) Ltd

5 Eglin Road, Sunninghill

(011) 061 5700

www.lteconsulting.com

Client

City of Ekurhuleni - Economic Development Department
Consultant

LTE Consulting
Contractor

DBSA
Temi Consulting

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