Aveng Projects shortlisted for British Construction Industry Awards

Wednesday 10th June, 2015

Infrastructure Group, Aveng, today announced the shortlisting of two of its successfully completed projects for the 2015 British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA). Both these projects have been shortlisted in the International Project of the Year category.

The two projects, the Department of Environmental Affairs (“DEA”) Headquarters in Pretoria, South Africa, and the Riverbank Precinct Pedestrian Footbridge project in South Australia are reflective of Aveng’s global footprint and diverse capability.

Only the 3rd Six star design rated green building in South Africa and the first government owned green building, the DEA Headquarters was completed in 2014 and designed and constructed by the Aveng Grinaker-LTA and Keren Kula joint venture. The building, which is the result of a public-private partnership between the Imvelo Concession and the DEA was designed to allow a significant amount of natural light, external views and open space whilst concurrently providing repetitive forms for lower wastage and easier maintenance. Adding to the “greenness” of the building is the country’s largest rooftop photovoltaic installation as well as solar thermal systems for hot water. This shortlisting is not the first accolade for this building, which was also awarded the highest score for a large commercial office space of this magnitude by the Green Building Council of South Africa.

The second project, constructed by Aveng’s McConnell Dowell is a 255m long, 8m wide bridge which connects the Adelaide CBD to the North Adelaide Parklands, the highly acclaimed Adelaide Oval, and Memorial Drive. The slender and modern structure has 2,600 white glass panels attached to its surface, which form a sleek opaque façade. The striking design mirrors the River Torrens with 2000sqm of curved glass cladding made of laminated glass with an in coloured interlayer. The design of the bridge includes built-in programmable coloured LED lights which run along its edge and within its large glass columns. This allows for lighting to be changed to reflect various occasions makes the bridge a spectacular feature in its own right at night. The bridge was commissioned by South Australia's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and officially opened in June 2014.

Commenting on this Aveng’s CEO Kobus Verster said: “It is an honour for two of Aveng’s projects to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award in our sector. These projects are two out of a number of projects that have shown Aveng’s extensive global experience and capabilities which allow us to deliver superior services to clients throughout the infrastructure value chain. I would like to congratulate the teams involved.”