PE’s “Super Regional” mall currently under construction

by Darren
PEs super regional

The R2 billion Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth is being described as a super-regional mall, set to be completed in 2015.


The construction of the R2 billion Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, which will be completed in 2015, is set to become the biggest mixed-use precinct in the Eastern Cape, and one of the largest of its kind in South Africa.

Primary contractor, Murray & Roberts Buildings, is currently handling  the construction of Phase 1 of the mixed development, which will incorporate a light industrial sector, 7 000 residences and apartments, as well as retirement homes and a medical centre. The construction phase of the mall will create 10 000 jobs, of which 3 000 will be through direct employment. The tenant mix for the 264 shops on two levels will include anchor tenants, national chain stores and 12 cinemas.

Port Elizabeth-based Scribante Concrete has a dedicated ready-mix concrete batch plant on site to supply about 57 000 cubic metres of concrete that will be needed for the construction of Phase 1. The Chryso Southern Africa Group has been contracted to supply a variety of admixtures, epoxies and grout for the project.

The products that Chryso SA is supplying include the following:
• ChrysoPlast Omega 122: This water reducer/plasticiser helps to maintain workability during concrete placement when it is added to the concrete mix.
• ChrysoPlast Omega 136: This admixture is being used in the post-tension slabs, where a concrete strength of 20MPa needs to be attained within just three days to tension the cables.
• ChrysoAir 7: This is an air-entraining admixture for mortar which improves workability and also minimises segregation in pre-mixed mortars.
• ChrysoStab 2: This is a mortar retarder that slows the setting of surface mortars for as much as 36 hours when used in conjunction with ChrysoAir 7.

a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, which forms part of the Chryso Southern African Group, is also supplying a number of products for the project including brixeal, three variations of a.b.e.’s durarep cementitious range (including durarep ZR primer), various versions of epidermix epoxy, flintkote and duragrout.

“a.b.e. brixeal bitumen emulsion is being used as a waterproofing barrier for brick skin construction,” explains Mark le Grange, technical consultant for a.b.e. in the Eastern Cape.

“durarep FC is a fairing coat which provides an attractive finish on the off-shutter concrete parts of the mall, durarep FS is a fast-set mortar used for rapid repairs to concrete sections, and durarep FR fibre-reinforced structural repair mortar is being applied to repair columns and beams. durarep ZR primer is being used to protect the reinforcing steel prior to repairs or concrete casting,” concludes Le Grange.

Project: Baywest Mall 
Developers: Billion Group and Abacus Asset Management
Principal contractor: Murray & Roberts Buildings
Concrete supplier: Scribante Concrete
Architects: dhk Architects
Quantity surveyors: Ascom SA
Civil engineering consultants: KLS Consulting Engineers
Electrical engineers: Gibb (Pty) Ltd
EIA consultants: Impact Consulting

Chryso SA
Tel: 011 395 9700
Website: www.chryso.com

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