Just in time for the festive season shopping rush, building contractor Grinaker-LTA, part of the JSE-listed Aveng Group, has completed contracts totalling more than R336 million for extensions and upgrades at three KwaZulu-Natal shopping malls.
The Pavilion, in Westville, Durban, has been extended, with a new retail area and more parking. Grinaker-LTA Building undertook this contract in joint venture with BEE firms Sivukile Contractors, 2C Contractors and C&R Contractors. It entailed the construction of a new 39 000 m2, three-level parkade, as well as substantial extensions to the centre’s Mr Price, Edgars and Boardmans stores.
The project created significant employment opportunities, with more than 400 workers employed at its peak. The contractor worked closely with the local community, through the local ward councillor, to utilise the area’s unemployed to address the shortage of artisans in the industry, notes Alf Maytham, managing director of Grinaker-LTA Building East. “All LDC (limited duration contract) employees were recruited through this process,” he says.
At Umhlanga’s Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Grinaker-LTA Building has extended the centre’s South Mall, to offer an additional 13 000 m2 of retail space. A new 40 000 m2 parkade has also been built. Maytham says this contract’s tight programme made it a testing undertaking. It included the construction of a link bridge from the parking to the new mall extensions.
In Newcastle, Grinaker-LTA Building has just completed a R44-million contract for an 8 000 m2 extension to the Amajuba Mall. A new 10 000 m2 parking area has also been added to the centre, alterations and additions have been made to the existing Checkers store and new ground floor shops have been added to the mall. The contractor’s external works included roads to the parking, retaining walls and landscaping, says contracts director Rankin Burger.