Facelift for Richards Bay’s Boardwalk shopping centre

Richards Bay’s Boardwalk Shopping Centre is being extended and refurbished, to meet growing demand in the area for upmarket shopping facilities.

The R41-million contract for the first phase of this project – which consists of a major facelift for the 15-year-old centre – has been awarded to building contractor Grinaker-LTA, subsidiary of JSE-listed company, the Aveng Group. Richards Bay area manager Elvin Venter says the revamp includes new entrances, mall ceilings, floor tiles, public ablutions and shop fronts. In addition, some of the shops will undergo alterations while others will be relocated.

Grinaker-LTA’s contract also entails installing a new roof at a lower level over one mall.

A challenge for the contractor will be undertaking most of the work at night, in order to minimise disruption of the operational shopping centre, Venter comments.

More than 2 400 m3 of building material will need to be demolished and removed from site during the course of the refurbishment.

The project will create employment opportunities for local contractors and artisans, since the company is committed to using local labour and enterprises wherever possible, Venter states.

This fast-track revamp of the existing shopping centre is scheduled for completion in November 2007.

Earthworks for the next phase – the expansion of the Boardwalk - are underway, with this project due to commence in March 2007, for scheduled completion in March 2008.

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