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sapropertynews.com 31 March 2015 Avanti in Bellville moves forward with office block makeover
Avanti in Bellville moves forward with office block makeover
Staying true to the meaning of the Italian word Avanti, the Avanti office block in Bellville recently commissioned painting, waterproofing and construction company, Indawo, to undertake redecorating, waterproofing, structural repairs, roofing, flooring and painting to the exterior of the building and is set to continue its quest to be a leader in total building management.
In doing so it ensures it remains at the forefront of property development, offering investors and tenants a significant return on investment.
Avanti forms part of Abreal’s managed portfolio. The building is in a prime location with easy access to the N1 freeway to Cape Town city centre, and the complex provides for all businesses, big and small, while adding value to the infrastructure landscape of the area.
Indawo managing director, Geoffrey Jäck, says the building’s management team has its finger on the pulse when it comes to facilities management. The project provides the whole building with a facelift. This includes painting, waterproofing and structural repairs, which involved roofing and flooring. The complex architecture meant that Indawo had to deploy its rope access skills to reach some areas of the building and scaffolding had to be carefully constructed due to the shape of the building.
“Indawo’s workforce was tested to the limit with this project. High-rise cranes were called in to reach the roof of the building. Careful planning with city officials was needed to ensure that road closures did not disrupt traffic and all safety measures had to be taken while operating the crane as in some cases it had to be placed near entrances to the complex and other complexes opposite the site, says Jäck.
“Working at heights always involves risks. Indawo’s safety management plan was strictly adhered to throughout the process to ensure safety of workers, clients and the public. Avanti’s neighbours include office buildings and residential properties, making it more important that the health and safety of all are top of mind for the duration of the entire project.”
Jäck says that the makeover forms part of a comprehensive maintenance plan designed to ensure that the building continues to offer investors and tenants a competitive return on their investment. Maintenance of buildings is a critical part of any business plan for property owners and ensuring regular inspections of interior and exterior structures will highlight possible causes of deterioration long before major structural damages occur.
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