South African Police Service's Forensic Science Building, Cape Town


This new, high-tech forensic science facility, that Aveng Grinaker-LTA is building in Plattekloof, Cape Town, will bolster South Africa's fight against crime.

The 17 000 m2 facility incorporates state-of-the-art design features and a sophisticated security system. Aveng Grinaker-LTA has had to coordinate the installation of high tech equipment by various specialist sub-contractors, and work according to a strict security protocol.

The development consists of five separate arms accommodating the various specialised investigation units. These radiate from a central hub in a semi-circular “star” pattern. The design was integrated with the sloping site, with views looking out towards Table Mountain. The buildings vary between two and three storeys in height. These are generally concrete structures with 1 200 x 1 200 coffered slabs, brick infill with sizeable security doors and glazed partitioning.

As part of the Department of Public Works’ Expanded Public Works Programme, the construction contract has created significant employment and training opportunities, offering local unskilled labour the opportunity to receive training in both life skills and construction disciplines during the course of the project.

Environmental considerations have also been a feature of the undertaking, and provisions were made in the contract to relocate any movable plant species before work commenced on the site. There were also specific requirements regarding the disposal of cement, contaminated water and other waste products.

It is hoped that this unique project will become a flagship for the Department of Public Works and the SA Police Service, with scientific and technical standards equal to some of the best crime fighting institutions in the world.

Due for completion: 2011