265 Sydney Road wins the Safintra Factory and Warehouse Category at Steel Awards 2017

This project entailed the redevelopment of the old Dunlop Factory at 265 Sydney Road. Perfectly positioned close to port operations, the aim was to provide large warehouses with suitable yard space on the historic site.
The emphasis was on redeveloping an old and antiquated site into a modern, user-friendly facility with ideal yard spaces lending themselves to high, large span warehouses suitable for a wide range of tenants. Some of the challenges included tying into old structures. Trying to get the roof sheets rolled onsite and then lifting and installing them 160 meters across the roof presented a challenge, especially in the wind.

Structural framing for the large span (120m) warehouses includes lattice trusses with spine girders and internal columns to optimise clear areas and spans for tenant usage. Special considerations included the erection of the frames and consideration of truss behaviour in sections during the rigging process.

The original design had over 70 columns and an eaves height of 4.5 meters. Steel provided an elegant solution transforming the facility in a way that maximised space for its tenants, using 18 columns and achieving a clear 12-meter eaves height. The result is a modern facility for very little extra in terms of cost. Finishing the project well, and overcoming steel supply challenges to do so, provided a tremendous sense of satisfaction to the
project team.

Client/Developer: JT Ross
Architect: Peter Ries Architects
Structural Engineer: Cousins Steel International (Pty) Ltd
Main Contractor: Rubro Building (Pty) Ltd
Project Manager: JT Ross
Structural Steel Detailer: Cousins Steel International (Pty) Ltd
Steelwork Contractor & Steel Erector: Cousins Steel International (Pty) Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: MLC Quantity Surveyors
Cladding Manufacturer: Safal Steel (Pty) Ltd
Cladding Supplier: Global Roofing Solutions
Cladding Contractor: Cousins Steel International (Pty) Ltd
Corrosion Protection: Insimbi Coatings/ Voight & Willecke
Nominator: Cousins Steel International (Pty) Ltd