dube tradeport agriZone development

Delta BEC, together with a team of subconsultants, was appointed to oversee the development of the AgriZone, a high-value agricultural production facility located within Dube TradePort in La Mercy, Durban. The development consists of eleven construction areas and has been subdivided into a production, post-harvest, and a support component.

The production component includes a nursery, four greenhouses, a mushroom facility, and a tissue culture facility. The post-harvest component includes the respective packhouses associated with each of the production facilities. The support component of the AgriZone incorporates an office building, a clinic and canteen, the entrance facility, taxi rank as well as the irrigation reservoirs and ponds.

The goal of the development is to produce high-quality vegetables, mushrooms, a tissue culture laboratory, and cut flowers.

Delta BEC’s project management team ensured the successful completion of the project by coordinating and managing the different consultants in the following disciplines:

  • Architecture
  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Quantity surveying
  • Occupational health and safety.

Delta BEC was also responsible for the installation of a solar plant on the roof of Packhouse C and the Farmwise building at the AgriZone for the generation of electricity and exclusive use in particular facilities.

naledi pedestrian and vehicular bridge

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has extensive plans to repair and upgrade road infrastructure in the city. As part of this initiative, plans were put in place to build a vehicular and pedestrian bridge between two historically separated but very closely interlinked communities, namely Naledi and Protea North in Soweto.

The bridge had to accommodate vehicular and pedestrian movement between Protea, situated to the south of the railway line, and Naledi, situated to the north of the railway line, and provide safe passage for pedestrians moving across the railway line during peak hour traffic.

Delta BEC was appointed for the rendering of professional services for the design and implementation of a bridge structure to accommodate pedestrians and vehicles. In addition, Delta BEC acted as the health and safety agent, and also provided construction supervision and contract administration services.

Delta BEC designed a bridge superstructure that could be built with minimum impact on the PRASA operational trains. Provision was also made to double the railway lines in the future. Pre-cast, pre-tensioned concrete beams were placed over the railway lines during operational hours. Eskom had to relocate their existing electrical cables to accommodate the new road infrastructure to ensure compliance with minimum vertical clearances between the bottom of the electrical cables and the top of the road surface. Delta BEC facilitated the involvement of relevant stakeholders to mitigate any possible delays.

district six, phase three

In 1994, after the fall of Apartheid, the South African Government pledged to give the District Six land back to those who were dispossessed of their homes and their community. The (now) Cape Peninsula University of Technology subsequently donated some of its vacant land to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform that had extensive plans in place to redevelop and reinvent District Six for the land claimants. The aim of the project was to repair the damage done by the forced removals and to recover the lost landscape.

During the past five years, development of Phase 1 and 2 has taken place, and has been managed by the District Six Beneficiary Trust.

Phase 3 was then initiated and run by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The aim of Phase 3 was to develop 46 terraced houses and 82 apartments, restoring the typical characteristics of the original District Six. The designs were closely coordinated with the District Six Reference Group, a representative body of the claimant community.

Delta BEC was appointed as the principal consultant and project manager for Phase 3 of the redevelopment of District Six. The main responsibility of this appointment was to manage and coordinate the different disciplines, including architects, engineers, and quantity surveyors, and to act as principal agent with respect to the construction contract. Stakeholder management and coordination between the District Six Reference Group, national government, provincial government, and local government were further significant responsibilities of Delta BEC.

watson highway link road

Dube TradePort is a 2 840 ha development in La Mercy, Durban, which comprises the King Shaka International Airport, a TradeZone which is a specialist freight-orientated and multi-modal logistics platform, Dube City which is a modern Green hub, home to Dube TradePort’s head office, other offices, retail space and leisure facilities, and an AgriZone which is a high-tech agricultural development. Dube TradePort has been described as one of Africa’s top 10 investment opportunities.

Delta BEC was appointed as engineering professionals for planning, design, project management, and construction supervision of the new 3.6 km Watson Highway Link Road project. This road connects the airport and TradeZone with the Watson Highway (uShukela Highway), providing Tongaat residents improved access to the airport as well as providing the TradeZone with direct access to the N2 highway to the north. The purpose of this project was to expand the strategic road system for the entire Dube TradePort Development Zone resulting in significant accessibility improvements.

The Watson Highway Link Road is expected to have a high proportion of heavy goods vehicles, given the nature of the proposed land-uses, and a structural design of 20 years was implemented to accommodate this. The drainage design is a sustainable system and is expected to provide significant cost saving over traditional pipe drainage systems. The stormwater system consists of combined surface, road and pipe systems.