The Happy Valley Housing Project won the Low-Cost Housing Project of the Year Award at this year’s Southern African Housing Foundation (SAHF) Awards. This was another feather in the cap for leading consulting engineering firm, GIBB, who formed part of the project team on this project.
Staying true to their ethos of people, expertise and excellence, GIBB put people first with their role in the R200-million project that saw more than a thousand shack dwellers becoming proud home owners.
GIBB, in close collaboration with the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Provincial Government and Asla Construction, assisted with the project management, site monitoring and contract administration component of this successful low-cost housing project.
The project serves as an example of the implementation of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP), which supports the conversion of an informal area into a formal serviced township.
“The award is the pinnacle of a project that made a huge contribution to the City of Cape Town’s service delivery and capital expenditure for the 2012/13 financial year,” says the City of Cape Town’s human settlements project manager, Quintus Welman.
“Despite the challenges and community dynamics faced during the execution of the project, we were able to provide a superior product to the Happy Valley community,” he continues.
The involvement of GIBB, leading to the project receiving the SAHF Award, adds to a host of other accolades which GIBB received this year. The firm recently managed the transport services in the construction of the new No. 1 Silo office building in Cape Town, which received a six-star Green Star Rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
The firm was also recognised for its substantial contribution to the project design of the Chevron Regional Office Building in Cape Town, which received a GBCSA five-star Green Star Rating. GIBB’s designs and reports by mechanical and electrical engineers contributed 41 points out of the total 68 points, which earned the award.
Furthermore GIBB clinched the award for being first in the consulting engineering sector in the 2013 Top 500 Company Survey. This is the second year in a row that the firm has been rated number one in this survey.
Sean Molloy, GIBB’s general manager for integrated infrastructure, says it was encouraging to be noted among highly credible competitors.
“As a company, we are very proud of our achievements. It is testament to our exceptional quality and service delivery standard as a market leader in the consulting engineering industry.”
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