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keyboard_arrow_upFull programme of design luminaries set to feature at this year’s Decorex Durban
keyboard_arrow_downFull programme of design luminaries set to feature at this year’s Decorex Durban

If there’s one thing Decorex Durban knows – it’s design. So, it should come as no surprise that the 2019 exhibition – taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 24 March – is going to feature KwaZulu-Natal’s leading furniture and interior designers in a number of on-trend installations.  “The relaxed lifestyle and […]

keyboard_arrow_upKOHLER’S footprint on rise
keyboard_arrow_downKOHLER’S footprint on rise

KOHLER is increasing its South African footprint with an exciting partnership with Bathroom Fusion a leading luxury bathrooms supplier. This partnership will see KOHLER front lining the Northlands Deco Park bathroom atelier with their award-winning range of products. Over the years Northriding’s Northlands Deco Park has become the go-to destination for all things home and […]

keyboard_arrow_upuPVC Windows and Doors benefit hotel and guests
keyboard_arrow_downuPVC Windows and Doors benefit hotel and guests

The Sunnyside Park Hotel, situated in a bustling area of Parktown, Johannesburg, is replacing the existing metal windows with double-glazed REHAU uPVC windows and doors fabricated by REHAU Authorised Partner, Elitetec. REHAU uPVC windows and doors were specified for this upmarket heritage hotel for their noise reducing and energy saving benefits. A special acoustic glass […]

keyboard_arrow_upCelebrating 40 years of commitment to technical excellence!
keyboard_arrow_downCelebrating 40 years of commitment to technical excellence!

The year 2019 marks our 40th anniversary of being engaged in the earth retaining and erosion control industry. Initially, as a supplier and installer of wire mesh gabions, we soon switched to the more sustainable concrete block method of our own design. It was a good choice, and with only one competitor from Europe in […]

keyboard_arrow_upState of the art access control for Kyalami Estate
keyboard_arrow_downState of the art access control for Kyalami Estate

Kyalami estates are one of the earliest examples of a development enclosed by a security wall with 24-hour controlled access, but it is more than that, combining all the benefits of urban convenience with the tranquillity and space of a rural environment thanks to extensive parklands and a natural wetland. The client wanted state of […]

keyboard_arrow_upDecorex Durban lightens the mood with its latest feature
keyboard_arrow_downDecorex Durban lightens the mood with its latest feature

A previously underrated aspect in décor, lighting is now getting worthwhile recognition for its functional and aesthetic impact on design. To showcase the diverse nature of interior and exterior lighting, Decorex Durban has brought in leading lighting suppliers, Springlights, who will be putting together an illuminating feature at this year’s show, taking place at the […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe Onyx hotel and apartments
keyboard_arrow_downThe Onyx hotel and apartments

Following growing global trends of ensuring optimal comfort in building development, the developers of Cape Town’s The Onyx have ensured that appropriate thermal and acoustic elements were integrated into the construction of what many call the perfect blend of a hotel and residential offering. Situated in historic Heerengracht, The Onyx is the epitome of sophistication […]

keyboard_arrow_upRenovation tiling made simple
keyboard_arrow_downRenovation tiling made simple

Placing new, modern tiles over existing ones has just become easier with the introduction of Mapei’s innovative Eco Prim Grip, a ready-to-use bond-promoting primer that prepares an existing tile or stone surface to receive a new installation without the time, labour or dust of scarification. This synthetic-resin-based primer enhances the performance of mortars and their […]

keyboard_arrow_upBCX’s Access Management Solutions
keyboard_arrow_downBCX’s Access Management Solutions

Business Connexion Group is a South African-based information and communications technology company. The ICT group has a wide footprint with operations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. BCX launched their newly build headquarters based in Centurion in April 2017. With this state of the art building being built, access management was required to make […]

keyboard_arrow_upLonza celebrates a proud 24-year journey with Sabie Poles
keyboard_arrow_downLonza celebrates a proud 24-year journey with Sabie Poles

This year commemorates the 24th anniversary for Sabie Poles and concurrently celebrates a long-standing 24-year relationship with Lonza Wood Protection. Sabie Poles have a strong heritage as a Tanalith® C treated pole supplier and, by understanding the dynamic nature of their business and wide product range over the years, Lonza has been able to support […]

keyboard_arrow_upSika head office gets a revamp
keyboard_arrow_downSika head office gets a revamp

In order to maintain its professional corporate image, Sika South Africa undertook a refurbishment project in the company’s head office reception area, which included structural and aesthetic upgrades to the walls and flooring. Sika South Africa’s head office is located in Westmead, Pinetown, and is renowned for supplying speciality chemicals to the building and automotive industries. […]

keyboard_arrow_upDecorex Durban promises a creative feast of flavour for discerning foodies
keyboard_arrow_downDecorex Durban promises a creative feast of flavour for discerning foodies

To truly appreciate the latest décor trends and styles, visitors to Decorex Durban will be treated to a wide range of foodie features to ensure all senses are completely satisfied. Taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 24 March, Decorex Durban has announced a mouth-watering line-up of food demonstrations, beautifully-curated dining stations […]

keyboard_arrow_upShoprite Climor Distribution Centre roofed in Klip-Tite steel sheeting
keyboard_arrow_downShoprite Climor Distribution Centre roofed in Klip-Tite steel sheeting

The distribution centre for Shoprite Checkers in Climor consists of over twenty buildings, of which the largest are three warehouses within the development. The Dry Goods warehouse is 76,000m2, the Refrigerated building is 18,000m2 and the Returns Centre is 12,000m2.  Together, these buildings form the core of the new national distribution centre. The distribution park […]

keyboard_arrow_upNine tips for office entrance control from Gunnebo
keyboard_arrow_downNine tips for office entrance control from Gunnebo

Effective entrance security means managing access for employees and visitors whilst preventing entry to unauthorised individuals. As architects, how do you go about selecting the best entrance control solution for your clients? You will need to consider factors such as the level of security required, expected flow rates and methods of identification.  And, as the […]

keyboard_arrow_upArchitectural applications for aluminium composite panels
keyboard_arrow_downArchitectural applications for aluminium composite panels

Architects and designers use Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) mainly as external cladding for façades of buildings and for signage. However, its uses and applications in commercial projects, buildings and houses are varied. Most shopping malls, high rise buildings, feature walls/entrances and shop signs make use of ACP. Interior applications include internal partition walls, lobby and […]

keyboard_arrow_upSaint-Gobain Weber launches innovative new Multi Fix tile adhesive
keyboard_arrow_downSaint-Gobain Weber launches innovative new Multi Fix tile adhesive

Saint-Gobain Weber recently launched Multi Fix, its latest innovative tile adhesive. Multi Fix was created in direct response to the introduction of a new tile on the market – the hard body ceramic tile – which has its own specific needs for tile adhesives. “Hardbody ceramic tiles have caused a stir in the market. Although […]

keyboard_arrow_upNew feature line-up planned for Decorex Durban 2019
keyboard_arrow_downNew feature line-up planned for Decorex Durban 2019

Incorporating the dynamic 2019 theme, ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’, Decorex Durban has announced a number of new features to work alongside its extensive décor, design and lifestyle programme, taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 24 March 2019.   “Part of Decorex Durban’s unique character is the manner in […]

keyboard_arrow_upKaytech shores up R72 coastal road
keyboard_arrow_downKaytech shores up R72 coastal road

An engineering challenge presented itself when SANRAL undertook to upgrade Section 3 of the busy R72 between Port Alfred and the Fish River, by providing continuous two-way traffic at all times. A seven-metre wide road was constructed at an elevated level on the existing alignment as a temporary measure. However, this new width meant there […]

keyboard_arrow_upFashion fuses with décor in innovative Decorex SA feature
keyboard_arrow_downFashion fuses with décor in innovative Decorex SA feature

If there’s one thing the recent Oscar awards’ ceremony showed us, it’s that fashion isn’t just about what you wear. Fashion sends a message. Fashion reflects our personalities. And fashion unites us. “Fashion has always played an important role historically, from the opulent clothing of the Victorian era to the roaring 20s, and beyond! The […]

keyboard_arrow_upSaint-Gobain YouthBuild Academy skills development captures the attention of the French Minister of Foreign affairs
keyboard_arrow_downSaint-Gobain YouthBuild Academy skills development captures the attention of the French Minister of Foreign affairs

On 1 March 2019, the French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, visited Saint-Gobain South Africa’s premises in Germiston, Ekurhuleni (Gauteng). The focus of the visit was to showcase how Saint-Gobain has positioned itself as a leader in the sustainable construction sector while developing skills through its Saint-Gobain YouthBuild Academy.   The […]

keyboard_arrow_upa.b.e. waterproofing for new battery factory in Botswana
keyboard_arrow_downa.b.e. waterproofing for new battery factory in Botswana

A world-renowned high-performance coating supplied by a.b.e. Construction Chemicals was used to waterproof and protect several sections of a new Chloride Batteries factory in Botswana. Noel Abendroth, a.b.e. National Sales Manager: VIP High-Performance Coatings, says a.b.e.-approved applicators, Diamond Linings, applied VIP pure Polyurea Quickspray Industrial coating to a total surface area of over 2400m2 to […]

keyboard_arrow_upCreating tomorrow’s home today by using alternative building materials
keyboard_arrow_downCreating tomorrow’s home today by using alternative building materials

Green building and sustainability are words that remain at the forefront of conversations for many South Africans. It is a trend that has seen continuous growth within the building and construction industry and is now making a mark on the residential sector. According to Michelle Cerruti, Head of Brand and Campaigns at Saint-Gobain, South African […]

keyboard_arrow_upLocal authorities key in enforcing National Building Regulation A19
keyboard_arrow_downLocal authorities key in enforcing National Building Regulation A19

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) accredited professional body for the engineered timber construction sector in South Africa, has successfully developed an inspectorate process to assist Local Authorities, whose role is pivotal in the enforcement of compliance with the National Building Regulations (NBR). A non-profit organisation whose […]

keyboard_arrow_up125 tons of cladding cover this warehouse
keyboard_arrow_down125 tons of cladding cover this warehouse

Bosch is a prominent supplier of home appliances in South Africa. The company required a new factory and warehouse facility and appointed Empowered Spaces to design a facility that would ‘wow’ their staff and guests.   The brief to the architect for the new facility, which is located in Witfontein opposite the Serengeti Golf Estate, […]

keyboard_arrow_upRaw Concrete for the Industrial Look
keyboard_arrow_downRaw Concrete for the Industrial Look

Raw Concrete is a refined, lady-like nod to the industrial look. With a silky finish in an even, light grey. Raw Concrete gives you the soft look of concrete without the roughness. “Designed to reflect the authentic textures of manufacturing, such as oxidized steel, poured plaster and raw concrete, these designs have subtle variations that capture real […]

keyboard_arrow_upCongratulations to Trellidor
keyboard_arrow_downCongratulations to Trellidor

The Trellidor team was thrilled to receive two awards at the 2019 edition of Jo’burg Homemakers Expo. They were awarded a Gold Certificate for their new exhibition stand (located at F27/28G), which is light and airy with plenty of space for people and products. The product range incorporates Trellidor barrier security and Taylor Blinds. They […]

keyboard_arrow_upYale New Stainless Steel Hinges
keyboard_arrow_downYale New Stainless Steel Hinges

Designed and tested to meet strict Yale standards, Yale hinges come with a 3-year guarantee. Available in butt & flush hinge configurations, these high-quality SS201 grade stainless steel hinges are also available in brass PVD finish to suit user requirements. For more information on all Yale’s door hardware please visit www.yalelock.co.za  

keyboard_arrow_upFrom hard ground to playground with Terraforce
keyboard_arrow_downFrom hard ground to playground with Terraforce

Versatile step block creates safe space for play In July 2018, Eikestad Primary School Stellenbosch in South Africa decided to transform a bland, paved space into a place for play for their students. Find out more about the 4×4 Step Block.  Installed by Decorton Retaining Walls. As the area sloped upwards considerably, the school needed to find […]

keyboard_arrow_upGuidance Note: Wooden piling or foundation poles used for permanent buildings
keyboard_arrow_downGuidance Note: Wooden piling or foundation poles used for permanent buildings

Background and purpose H4 treated wooden poles are used in most normal ground contact applications in South Africa. According to the SANS 457-2 (Softwood species) and SANS 457-3 (Hardwood species) standards, the expected service life of timber used in ground contact should be at least 20 years or longer if treated and used correctly. However, […]

keyboard_arrow_upINTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES EYE THE NIGERIAN MARKET AS THE BIG 5 LAUNCHES IN LAGOS
keyboard_arrow_downINTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES EYE THE NIGERIAN MARKET AS THE BIG 5 LAUNCHES IN LAGOS

Manufacturers from around the world share their plans in Nigeria as The Big 5 international construction show launches in Lagos (9-11 September 2019, Landmark Centre) Over 200 exhibiting companies and 5,000 attendees are expected at The Big 5 Construct Nigeria, as construction expenditure in the West African country reached USD 2.2 billion in 2018 With […]