Aspen Pharmacare Building
Newton Park Swimming Pool
Two restorations and upgrades of old buildings were amongst the four projects that have been entered from the Port Elizabeth region into the 2011/12 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit and Awards for Excellence.
The Pearson Conservatory was imported from England in 1882 and constructed in St. Georges Park, Port Elizabeth. The cast iron and glass Victorian Conservatory has a double volume atrium flanked by symmetrical wings. It escaped demolition and underwent minor refurbishments until 2009 when a comprehensive restoration was initiated to restore the Grade II listed building to its former grandeur. The objective, to limit future maintenance, guided material selections and installation methods for the Matrix Urban Designers and Architects, especially for the timber substructure and the glass. A ‘kit of parts’ approach was followed to dismantle and reconstruct the building, of which large portions required replacement or restoration.
Newton Park Swimming Pool
The commission to upgrade the old 1950s open air cold water Newton Park Pool to an international standard indoor heated aquatic centre, was won by Thembela Architects. The design had to include the existing concrete grandstand without applying any load to the grandstand structure. The enclosing structure had to have a clear span over the existing 50m main pool plus the diving pool. In addition the grandstand sight lines had to be maintained. This was achieved by means of a 4,8m deep triangular steel girder spanning 61,5m over the front of the grandstand onto two 9,5m high tapered concrete columns with steel trusses spanning 31m over the pools onto the girder. The depth of the main girder is utilised in section to accommodate clearstory day lighting over the grandstand and emergency venting.
This project, designed by Field Architecture in association with John Blair Architects and Ngonyama Okpanum Hewitt-Coleman, was commissioned by the Ubuntu Education Fund to provide a centre of operations for its health and educational outreach programmes serving the township of Zwide, Port Elizabeth. The centre houses a wellness wing with a clinic specialising in HIV and tuberculosis prevention and counselling and an education wing for group study, remedial classes and career guidance. At the heart of the building, and running through two floors, is a multi-purpose space that can be used for after-school educational programmes, community theatre, or for workshops for up to 250 people.
Oral Solid Dosage Manufacturing Suite
The client required a column free, flexible manufacturing area over two floors with interstitial areas to allow for services reticulation and servicing of production spaces below. The OSD facility, designed by Thembela Architects, had to be linked to existing manufacturing suites. Fundamental requirements included retaining the existing reinforced concrete framed structural envelope housing the existing canteen/clinic and working around existing equipment servicing the GF facility, which remained operational throughout the construction process. To achieve the above a structural steel frame was erected over the existing concrete structural envelope and overhead production and plant room areas hung from structural steel.
The South African Institute of Architects Award for Excellence was introduced in 1990, and is conferred every second year where it recognises an exceptional contribution to the field of architecture. The award programme was revised in 1999, and now includes the Awards of Merit running concurrently. The Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit are to be conferred at a function to be held in September 2012 as part of the SAIA AZA Biennial convention which is being held in Cape Town. The panel of adjudicators for the 2011/12 Awards is being convened by the President of the Institute, Fanuel Motsepe, and consists of Peter Kidger from Corobrik and an academic architect, Philippa Tumubweinee and designer David Tlale.
The 2011/12 awards have seen a total of 55 entries, a marked increase from previous years, and significantly, the Institute received entries from two new regions – the Northern Cape Institute of Architects and the North West Province Institute of Architects.