Caption: Aerial View of Oxford Parks dated Sept 2020
The impressive 300 000m² Oxford Parks precinct housing now houses five buildings on a master basement structure and will be the new home of the following companies:
Building 1 – BP Head Office (Phase 1)
Building 2 – The premise for Life Healthcare’s 10 000m² new head office
Building 3 – 4 000m² multi-tenanted, housing Metier Private Equity and G+D Currency Technology
Building 4 – New Radisson Red Hotel
Building 5 – Sony Music and Arup are housed in this 3 400m² building
Towards the end of 2020, the Rosebank skyline will become a modern marvel with the completion of Oxford Parks, a massive 300 000m² Green Star precinct, housing five new developments on a master basement structure.
Developed by Intaprop, and with construction headed by main contractor Concor Buildings, this massive new precinct shines the light on the innovation of our local products such as the concrete enhancing and repair products of a.b.e. Construction Chemicals.
Strength and multi-purpose
a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, is supplying durarep FC fairing compound to provide an attractive finish to the concrete works. durarep FR fibre-reinforced mortar will deal with concrete imperfections and the column construction at the multi-million-rand development between Rosebank’s Bompas and Jellicoe roads.
Rens Pelser, Technical Sales Consultant for a.b.e. based in Boksburg says durarep FC is a single component, polymer-modified cementitious compound that provides a fair-faced finish to concrete and masonry. It can also close blowholes prior to the application of protective coatings.
“durarep FC only requires a minimal amount of water for mixing. It is easy to apply and requires no priming or curing membranes to ensure excellent bonding to concrete and masonry structures. It contains no chlorides and can be used for vertical and overhead applications,” Rens said.
durarep FR is a polymer-modified, cement-based mortar widely used to repair voids and honeycombed areas of concrete. “The product, which is also chloride-free, provides high ultimate strength and has high resistance to abrasion – in fact it is four to six times stronger than plain rendering. durarep FR does not shrink and is easy to apply and being pre-blended, constant quality and performance are ensured,” Rens explained. “It can also be used to repair potable water-retaining structures, cooling towers and as bedding mortar for concrete planks at sports stadiums or suspended flooring.”
Oxford Parks Phase 2 commenced in February 2019 after the successful completion of Phase 1 in 2018, which houses the new head office of BP Southern Africa. Phase 2 of the project includes the simultaneous construction of Building 2 – Life Healthcare’s new 10 000m² head office, Building 3 – a 4 000m² multi-tenanted building housing, amongst others, Metier Private Equity and G+D Currency Technology and Building 5 – 3 400m² of offices for Arup and Sony Music. The buildings were designed to complement each other with their respective footprints fitting together in a jigsaw puzzle configuration, proportionately occupying the site to optimise the usage of this prime precinct.
All precinct buildings are constructed to be compliant with Green Star design requirements. Building 1 in Phase 1 was Green Star-registered and awarded a 5-Star Green Star rating. All specifications on the project are in line with Green Star requirements and the buildings in Phase 2 will also be Green Star-registered and hope to achieve 5-Star Green Star ratings.
Other noteworthy SA building projects for which a.b.e.’s durarep products were used include:
• Impala Platinum cooling tower, Springs;
• Growthpoint Lakeside offices, Centurion;
• N17 Regents Park highway bridge, Johannesburg;
• Val de Vie River Bridge, Paarl;
• Norval Foundation premises, Steenberg; and
• Nuform office block, Margate.
For more information, visit www.abe.co.za
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