Silverline Group, well known for their high profile projects throughout South Africa, were contracted to carry out the construction of the luxury penthouse loft apartments on rooftops of various buildings within Maboneng.
Light gauge steel framing and the FRAMECAD system were the obvious choice due to the flexibility of the concept, the lightness of the material, reduced site disruption and speed of construction. Steel framing also does not require the use of cranes, offering huge savings in costs for the developer.
Steel framing also offers advantages in energy efficiency and overall sustainability. John Barnard, director of the Southern African Light Steel Frame Association (SASFA) explains that the building is in essence a light steel frame structure cladded with fibre cement boards externally insulated in the cavities with glass wool.
Barnard says it is definitely much more energy efficient than more traditional construction methods – both with regard to “embodied energy” of the materials and components, as well as “operational energy” relating to heating and cooling of the building over its design life.
“A recent research project carried out by the CSIR indicated that a LSF (light steel frame) building will require less than half of the energy needed to heat and cool a masonry residential building to comfortable internal temperatures,” Barnard says.
It is important for a developer to have sustainable measures with regards to design, energy efficiency buildings and that natural light and heat from the sun compliment a minimum air conditioning design.
The apartments offer themselves are offer easy city living, in the heart of a bustling and developing area. The apartments feature balconies and rooftop gardens, for residents to enjoy the lively atmosphere of the Maboneng precinct.
The Maboneng precinct has experienced a remarkable rejuvenation and now bustles with galleries, art studios, offices, entertainment and retail spaces. The apartment residents share their building with ground with ground floor retail, exhibition space and restaurants. All the units built thus far have sold during the construction period, and Maboneng’s newest residents will soon be enjoying all this area has to offer.
When FrameTech Systems outgrew their existing manufacturing facility, they knew it was time for a bigger, more flexible space. As experts in cold formed steel (CFS) construction, they also knew exactly which method they would use to bring that space to life. So how did their award-winning CFS facility come to fruition?
Having made the switch to FRAMECAD’s automated construction system in April 2016; prefabricated steel framing experts SBS Group have used their FRAMECAD system to make significant savings for their customers whilst delivering an accelerated construction process.
SBS Group are continuously working to deliver exceptional results for their customers in a fast and effective manner. The Langdon Apartments are another great example of their dedication to providing accurate, high quality Cold Formed Steel solutions.
The construction market in Algeria is not too dissimilar to anywhere else in the world; speed of construction, cost of labour, and materials play heavily into who is awarded contracts for new projects. A recent project was awarded to Pre-Engineered Building and Panel specialists Système Panneaux Sandwich (SPS) to construct two 315m2 pre-engineered commercial warehouses.