By Eamonn Ryan

When it comes to constructing student accommodation, what focuses the minds of contractors is that the first day of the academic term represents an immovable deadline. It has to be completed before students arrive: a development completed just one week late can only come onto the market a full year later.

By Eamonn Ryan

Remote-controlled (RC) car, drone and planes specialist Grandprix Models recently refurbished its premises, opting for a highly engineered look using an airplane wing design to capitalise on its distinctive location.

By Eamonn Ryan

The 155m-long Platjan Bridge and two approach roads are under construction over the Limpopo River between South Africa and Botswana. The bridge is being constructed by Botswana firm Estate Construction, with South Africa’s CoreSlab manufacturing and installing the precast concrete bridge beams. The client is SPEDU (the Selibi Phikwe Economic Diversification Unit).

By Eamonn Ryan

The civils and builders’ work on this project is approximately R100-million alone, amounting to about 30% of the entire development budget, comprising reinforced concrete pits, foundations, and housing for three high-pressure boilers; reinforced concrete foundations for 23 silos; 16 000m2 of concrete hardstands and roads; a truck-holding facility for 22 trucks; and foundations for a host of other manufacturing and storage structures.

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