Is it a country club or a mall?

This is the concept behind Cornubia Mall – an 85 000m2 shopping mall situated near Mount Edgecombe in Umhlanga. Unlike traditional shopping centres which offer customers a selection of retail stores and food outlets, this mall goes one step further by offering an outdoor family-orientated shopping experience that boasts a 70km cycling trail as well…

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LSF 101

Down in the Cape, a new student housing development is under construction as part of a large-scale project addressing the housing shortage for students at Stellenbosch University. This development, called Tygerberg 3, is the third installment of the housing development and is being built using Light Steel Frame (LSF) as a means of reducing construction…

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Lives in a house, a very big house, in the country…

In the heart of KZN’s countryside, lies a picturesque farmhouse situated on a dairy farm in Creighton that is currently undergoing a bit of a facelift to suit its new-ish inhabitants. Our main brief was to add a new office wing come yoga studio above the garage as well as a few other tweaks here…

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Apples v Oranges

It’s no secret that the construction industry likes to do things its own way. We’ve already given you insight into our unique language but there’s also the whole myth about quoting per m2. Most construction companies have a standard method for quoting for projects which is based on a per m2 price. This kind of…

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A taste of Portugal in PMB?

Yes, that’s right. Pietermaritzburg is now home to Atasca – a Portuguese style restaurant at the Cascades Lifestyle Centre that promises to delight the taste buds with its international flair and flavour. And we have proudly had a hand in bringing this culinary treat to life. Rest assured, we had no part in brainstorming menu ideas nor will we…

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Doing the dirty

Some of Shospec team recently got their hands dirty – literally – by doing a series of clean-ups in and around the Bisley Valley Nature Reserve. The reserve – a 350ha patch of thornveld situated on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg – is home to an abundance of wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, impala and a…

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Green is the new black

The environment has been a talking point for some time now with buzz words like “environmentally-friendly”, “carbon footprint” and “going green” hot on everyone’s lips. This doesn’t just apply to fuel emissions or greenhouse gases; it applies to the construction industry too. In the latest issue of the South African Builder magazine, John Barnard, director…

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Where the lions roar (and LSF doesn’t shake)

Our guys have been enjoying a bit of the wilderness themselves, working on a pretty cool renovation job at Ndaka Lodge, which is tucked away in the centre of Nambiti Private Game Reserve, near Ladysmith. What makes this job slightly unusual is that the main building has an existing thatch roof which we will be…

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Playing our part

Last month we promised to fill you in on the partitioning work we do, and, well, we’re not ones to disappoint… You know that schnazzy new Woolworths at the Cascades shopping centre? Ja, we did that. Well, part of it anyway. See what we did there? We did the partitioning people, keep up.During the building…

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Tuk-tuk-tukking on

Our resident tuk-tukkers have been making steady progress on their charitable adventure from Cape Town to Kenya to raise funds and awareness about Africa’s endangered animals. And by steady, we mean a top-speed of 40km/h in their three-wheeled tuk-tuk, nicknamed, ‘the beast’. Having left Cape Town a bit later than expected due to unforeseen forces…

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