Construction begins on challenging Menlyn Park Phase 2 project

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Murray & Roberts Buildings has commenced work on the Menlyn Park Reconfiguration Phase 2 project in Pretoria.


Originally opened in 1979, the Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is undergoing a major redevelopment that includes a massive expansion and refurbishment, adding approximately 45 500m2 to bring its retail space to approximately 170 000 m2. 

Rui Santos, operations director at Murray & Roberts Buildings, says that the company recently completed the work on the first phase Food Court portion, which included the construction of an enclosed area over two levels (previously the Events Arena) which houses recreational and fast food outlets. 

This spanned over a seven month period and was completed in December 2014. The construction of the new retail portion of Phase 1 spanned over a 12 month construction and anchor tenants Checkers Hyper, Pick ‘n Pay, Food Lover’s Market, House and Home, New World, two restaurants and a number of smaller line shops commenced trading on 12 June 2015. Additional structured parking was also constructed during this phase.

Phase 2, which started at the beginning of June 2015 and is scheduled for handover at the end of November 2016 calls for the demolition of 35 000 m2 of an existing area of the shopping centre, followed by the construction of a new two level retail section of  57 000 m2. In addition to this, the contractor will also be responsible for the refurbishment of existing malls, ablutions and the existing seven level parkade within the centre.

This will include replacing ceilings, floor tiles, balustrades and the cladding of demising columns as well as the redecoration of existing external facades, new landscaping and boundary wall construction on the perimeter of the centre. Tenants in the section to be demolished during Phase 2 were relocated to the new retail section of Phase 1 and to the temporary The Village Mall in the existing P5 Parkade.  

Demolition work has been implemented in a phased approach to accommodate this relocation of existing tenants. It was also necessary to isolate existing services in phases for the complete centre to enable the demolition works to commence. Work is scheduled to progress from the western side of the newly completed Phase 1 mall towards the remainder of the existing centre to the east.

Santos says one of the biggest challenges on this project will be logistics. “With the mall being fully operational at all times, we will need to undertake the demolition and construction work with as little disruption to the centre as possible. This will require careful planning and great attention to the safety of not only our and sub-contractors’ teams but also the general public.

“Extreme care has been taken to ensure the safety of all shoppers and other stakeholders, with work areas hoarded off and communicative signage clearly demarcating construction areas. Demolition will take about three months and thereafter piling will begin, followed by the construction work,” says Santos.

The exceptionally fast track nature of the contract programme will be challenging, coupled with the complex logistics of moving materials in and out of the site to achieve the critical milestone dates. Environmental stewardship is important to all involved in the project and the waste material from the demolished site will be sorted, prior to removal off site.

“To accommodate the tight construction programme and to meet the targeted handover date, a major portion of after-hours work will be undertaken, including majority of the finishing trades,” Santos says.

Last modified on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 11:21

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