The Premier Awards in the Concrete Manufacturers Association 2010 Awards for Excellence were presented at a function held in Kyalami, Johannesburg, on 6 November to celebrate the award winners and their achievements. The five Premier Awards honour those projects that stand out as exceptional among a total of 30 Inland, Coastal and National Award winners.
The Premier Award winning project in the category for Concrete Block Paving is Quality Public Spaces, in Phillipi, Cape Town, which was submitted in the Commercial & Community sub-category.
In the Concrete Masonry category Residence Kok in Saxonwold, Johannesburg is the Premier Award winner, a submission in the sub-category for Residential: Individual Housing.
The Islands Estate at Hartbeespoort Dam won the Premier Award in the category for Concrete Retaining Block Walls. It was submitted in the sub-category for CRB walls higher than 3m.
Hlanganani Gardens, a community housing project at Cosmo City northwest of Johannesburg, is the Premier Award winner in the Concrete Roof Tiles category.
A fifth Premier Award was presented in the Innovative Concrete Products category where Southern Pipeline Contractors carried off the trophy for the specialised precast concrete noise barriers that have been installed in specific residential and commercial areas along the Gautrain route. The concrete barriers are designed to curb excessive noise pollution and are the first such products to have been developed in southern Africa.
All the Premier Award winners are winners also in their respective regional and national categories.
Other National Award winners as well as Coastal and Inland Regional Award winners and those projects that received special commendations are reported on separately.
The awards were presented by president of the CMA, Silvio Ferraris, and Tony da Silva of Cathay Industries SA which is the anchor sponsor of the biennial CMA Awards programme. The aim of the competition is to promote excellence, innovation and high standards in precast concrete products.
Ferraris noted that the quality of the entries this year was in most instances exceptionally high. He made the point too that awards are made only to entries which merit recognition for excellence in product, application and design.
The judging panel for the 2010 CMA Awards for Excellence included two groups of judges.
For the Concrete Block Paving, Suspended Concrete Floor Slabs and Innovative and Infrastructural Products categories, the judges were: landscape architect, Stuart Glen, MD of GreenInc; architect, Dewar van Antwerpen, design director of Boogertman & Partners; civil engineer, Bryan Perrie, MD of the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI); civil engineer Ric Snowden, director of special projects and a director and EXCO member of Arup; and civil engineer, Ali Naidu, CEO of PD Naidoo and Associates (PDNA) and current president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers (SAICE).
For the Concrete Retaining Block Walls, Concrete Roof Tiles and Concrete Masonry catgories, the judges were Al Stratford, company director and immediate past-president of the South African Institute of Architects; architect, Yolandi Mouton, of dhk Architects; Karen Botes, MD of Interdesign Landscape Architects (SA); quantity surveyor, Vusi Mtimkulu of the Association of Quantity Surveyors; and civil engineer, Stephen Humphries, a director of Nyeleti Consulting.