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ACSA upgrades George Airport for traveller convenience
Thursday, September 06, 2007 | 00:00

AIRPORTS Company South Africa has upgraded its George Airport with an investment of R43 million and this is the company’s continued investment in infrastructure with a view of making travelling an enjoyable and comfortable experience.

Monhla Hlahla, ACSA’s Managing Director, said: “Black Economic Empowerment participation in the project amounted to 34 percent of the total contract value. This demonstrates our commitment to the national effort to bring more black people into the economy. We will strive to maintain and exceed these levels of black empowerment participation as we continue to roll out infrastructural developments to meet the needs for 2010 and beyond.”

Speaking at the launch of the recently completed terminal at the George Airport in the Southern Cape, Monhla Hlahla, ACSA’s Managing Director, said: “Over and above, meeting the infrastructure needs for 2010, ACSA always strives to ensure convenience and comfort for those using its facilities. The new developments at the George Airport are in that spirit and in accordance with our long-term planning agenda.”

Passenger traffic at the airport is forecast to reach 998 396 in 2012 from projections of 669 659 in the current financial year. The design and planning of the upgrade to the George Airport began in September 2004, while the construction occurred in a three-phase process; with phase one being an internal upgrade creating space for more check-in counters and airline operators.
Phase Two of the airport upgrade comprised civil earthworks.

“These entailed construction of a new rental car parking area, which consists of 206 bays and the earthworks for another rental car building,” Hlahla said.
“In addition, construction of the new staff parking area consisting of 105 bays was also undertaken. This process freed up more space at the public parking area.”

Phase Three involved the actual building upgrade and additions to the existing terminal. A new freestanding Car Rental building was constructed.
The building contract tender was awarded in January 2006 to joint venture partners, JJG / Sekati Construction and the site was officially handed over last February.

Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe congratulated ACSA on all the work it had done to jerk up the airport infrastructure in the country for 2010 Soccer World Cup and the anticipated growth in air-passenger traffic. “We encourage this sort of capital expenditure because of the obvious economic spin offs that flow from it.
The government’s programme of Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa will only come into fruition if all players came to the party and invested in infrastructure and ACSA was doing just that through its various development programmes.”

General information:

• Bricks Used 500 000
• Concrete 900m3
• Rebar 100 ton
• Paint Area 30 000m2
• Ceiling Area New 4000m2
• Stainless Steel Bump Rails 700m
• Structural Steel Used 60T
• Roof Sheeting Area 4500m2
• Tiling Area 4200m2
• Hours worked on Project estimated all subbies and JJG combined +/-     350 000 man hours
• Safety Record 0% Major Incidents.

Contract Award Date

• Contract was Awarded on 30 January 2006
• Contract Completed Value (R42 559 495.86)
• Site Instructions issued to JJG from Clark of Works Combined  No 180 separate line items (No 436)
• Architect Instructions issued Combined No 58


• Participation achieved of total contract value 34%


Interior façade and finishes

• The palette selected for the interior facades, echo’s those used externally.
• One experiences the flow and continuity of the palette from outside to inside without effort, with only the threshold of the entrance doors being the dividing line.
• The subtle earthy shades continue from the horizontal floor surface to the vertical wall surface with only a mere Ndebele border tile being the separator between horizontal and vertical.
• The prominence of the border tile band is made possible by the use of darker shades that resemble the natural sand colour common to the George vicinity.
• The pale shade of the walls reflects the colour of the main field tile on the floor.
• A warmer feeling is created by the use of beech coloured laminate flooring to the area where seating occurs.
• The finish to the seating is also beech coloured timber which continues the warm feeling that starts with the laminate timber floor.

Interior façade and finishes

• Pastel earth shades to walls.
• Sandstone coloured concrete pavers form the border for the brushed natural concrete panel infills to the covered walkway.
• The sandstone coloured concrete pavers form the divider between the horizontal walkway finish and the start of the vertical wall finish.
• The sandstone colour flows from the walkway up the sandstone clad plinth of the walls.
• Above the sandstone clad plinth, an earth colour textured plaster finish heads the natural anodized colour of the light weight hulabond cladding cornice of the walkway canopy.
• The textures on the façade range from the rough sandstone at plinth level to the ultra smooth finish of hulabond cladding, with a medium plaster texture in-between. 

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