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In the upmarket suburb of Hatfield, Pretoria/Tshwane, the Protea Hotel Manor provides a three star stay for guests and business people making use of its 102 rooms in 3500m2 space. During work on the building, drywall partitioning and ceiling specialists DNJ Projects used 12mm and 9mm Lafarge Gypsum plasterboards and…

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Achieving sustainable built environments with low impacts on the natural environment is becoming a universal goal. Energy usage in buildings is under the spotlight. Water wise projects are most likely to get the go ahead. That’s why an in-depth understanding of the environmental constraints and impacts of technologies on architectural…

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South Africa’s leading cement supplier, PPC Ltd, has decided to be the Anchor Sponsor of the Concrete Society of Southern Africa’s (CSSA) Fulton Awards in 2015. Considered as the “Oscars” of the concrete industry, the Fulton Awards event is arguably the most prestigious award that a project team can receive…

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The new Eurolux collection of trendy and energy efficient spotlights, from EGLO Leuchten of Austria, is bound to impress. The line-up boasts chic designs while offering tailored functionality, such as the Tamara range – specifically designed for use in damp environments. But with six new ranges included in this collection,…

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Because the only thing certain in life is change, Lafarge Gypsum’s Finesse® Demountable Partition System has been designed to evolve with the needs of end users, the people who are going to be comfortable in their spaces as building interiors require transformation to suit new requirements. Charl Neser, Office Installations…

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Cape Town’s own Gerrit Strydom, Lwandile Gcume and Aline Cremon worked with Errol van Amsterdam and Marvin Fester of C2C Consulting Engineers and skate park designer Clive Crofton of Spyda Ramps to win the non-profit Building Trust International (BTI) competition. Read more about how the team beat 500 entrants to…

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A course on good concrete practices and cement manufacturing developed by AfriSam has been qualified by the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE) to be presented as part of its CPD (Continuous Personal Development) initiative. The new course was reviewed by an external academic and accredited with 0.4 CPD…

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In celebration of colour, design and creativity, South Africa’s leading paint company, Plascon, has launched an exciting new competition that will demonstrate how creative thinkers have the ability to make a positive impact on the built environment. Known as the Plascon Colour Design Awards, the competition has grown out of…

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Ponte Tower, designed by architect Manfred Hermer during the 1970’s, was a most coveted place to live with its hollowed out interior, three-story apartments and rooftop jacuzzis. The still iconic tower slowly decayed to a point that Ponte is synonymous with crime, poverty and suicide. However, there seems to be…

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