Tyris Construction was started by current directors Chris Erasmus and Tyrone Adams in 1995, with a total staff of five. In its first year the company achieved a turnover of just R1million; now, as a firmly established construction group, it has an annual turnover of more than R220 million.
The past four years have seen Tyris Construction restructured into three divisions – Residential, Commercial and Special Projects. This has enabled the group to be represented in all sectors of the building industry and it is now regarded as one of the top contracting companies in Gauteng. Until 2008, about 70% of Tyris’ work was in the residential sector, either in association with independent developers or through its own developments and those of its sister company, Tyris Realty. Much of this work was in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, such as Sunninghill, Fourways, and Bryanston.
Although residential development is still significant for the group, current projects also include a R140-million municipal office building in Nelspruit (the biggest contract awarded to Tyris Construction to date), a six-storey apartment building in central Pretoria, and highly specialised acoustic classrooms for the Tshwane University of Technology Music School in Pretoria. Tyris is also a preferred supplier to Eskom and is currently contracted to build the R85-million Mercury Substation (the construction company’s biggest civil engineering contract to date).
Tyris Plant Hire, another affiliated company, was originally formed to support Tyris Construction. Tyris Plant Hire is now a fully fledged plant hire company offering an extensive range of plant and equipment. With regard to black economic empowerment, Tyris has pursued affirmative action since its inception – an approach which is now reflected throughout its staff profile, including management, administrative and site supervisory staff levels. The company is also a member of the Gauteng Master Builders Association.