This project has a long history in the office.  The Mobil Garage was originally built in the early 1970's and was then purchased by the Kharbai Brothers (Solly & Ahmed).

In 1997, with the structures some 27 years old, showing signs of ageing, we looked at options for an upgrade.  The option settled for was an upgrade to the convenience store.  This was only meant to extend the life by a few years.


1997 Interim interior alteration to enlarge convenience store.

In the meantime, plans were underway to look at a long term upgrade as maintenance of the ageing building was high, with very little to show for.  With the structures quickly approaching a 50 year milestone, and the petrol station industry having transformed radical from the motor showroom to the slick convenience stores, the only option was to do a complete re-build.

In 2019, after a long on-off period the project to rebuild finally commenced

2019 - Prior to commencing full rebuild


 2020 - Rebuild completed

The redesign creates a spacious 8 car fueling bays with a convenience store located at the same level as the petrol forecourt.  The structures is a simple clean lined face brick building set back against the site boundary, clearly indicating the convenience to the customer.




Canteen Project for BMW, Rosslyn Plant

New HACCP compliant kitchen and canteen at the BMW Plant in Rosslyn.

Project also featured in a book "Implementing Successful Building Information Modelling" by Erika Epstein, that featured the used of BIM being implemented and coordinated between architects and engineers.

Projects was a competition winner done in association with Co-Arc International  

This project for the expansion of the old regional offices for SANRAL.

As a competition winner, it was an exercise in trying to extend the life of an 1970's building to bring it into line with expectations of a 21st century office building, catering for all the needs of a new tenant.  A new floor was added to the original building.  An extension provided new conference facilities, entrance foyer, additional offices and parking.  Delivered in phases, practical completion was achieved in 2013.

Although the standard green building codes did not apply to it due to it being an extension project, principals of energy efficiency and low carbon footprint were still applied.  These include:  

  • Recycling - the old structure was retained almost untouched.  The clients budget was able to be expanded on achieving additional space rather than 'wasted' on refurbishment.   
  • Optimal Envelope - Orientation and insulation was carefully analysed to ensure as low energy use as possible. 
  • Energy Efficiency - The new electrical and mechanical installations took into consideration all feasible energy saving systems
  • Water Harvesting - Recycling roof water to irrigation tanks
  • Solar Water Heating - Both existing and new wings have been fed with solar heated water.
  • Future Proofing - Consideration for future expansion considered.  The columns on the parking deck have been designed to accept future floors.

A very cost effective solution was provided to the client, who was able to remain in the building during construction and still achieve a sizeable area in a very cost effective way.  Any future expansions can also take place with very little disruption to the present facilities.      




Thaba Nchu Shopping Centre