“SILO 3” Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Silo 3 is the latest of five “Silo” buildings to be completed by WBHO in the Silo District Development of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. All five buildings surround the Grain Silo Royal Portfolio Hotel and Zeitz Mocca Museum, which form the focal point of the development. The project began on 5 October 2015 and was completed in April 2017. Upon completion the building had to achieve a 4-Star Green Rating, which had a significant impact on the project’s design specifications.

Silo 3 is a residential development consisting of 79 luxury apartments (of which 5 are penthouse apartments), spread across 3 blocks of 8, 10 and 12 levels. The fact that work had to be conducted simultaneously in each of the three blocks was one of the chief challenges faced on this job. The apartments range from 1-bedroom flats to a 5-bedroom double story penthouse.

The development represents the finest quality residential space in the V&A, with the vast majority of the apartments finding buyers well before completion. The building is a combination of structural steel and concrete, and has a façade made up of aluminium shop fronts and plastered brickwork. External areas, passages and lobbies exhibit off shutter concrete, exposed services and mild steel which are characteristics of the silo district, and in keeping with the theme of a working harbour development. The internal finishes of the apartments showcase some of the latest trends in interior design. Floating timber floors, plush carpets, Italian tiles (with underfloor heating) reinforce the feeling of luxury to the apartment in themselves. All apartments are equipped with air conditioning, and premium and penthouse apartments with programmable lighting. The views from each of the floors are breath-taking, whether it is Signal Hill, Lions Head, the harbour and bay, or Table Mountain.

Ballito Junction Regional Mall

Ballito Junction Regional Mall has been named the best new shopping centre development in South Africa this year. It won the prestigious South African Council of Shopping Centres’ Retail Design and Development Award (RDDA) 2017 for a new retail property development

Constructed by WBHO, the centre opened in March this year on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It is owned and developed by Flanagan & Gerard Property Development and Investment and Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings.

This spectacular regional mall is designed by MDS Architecture and Boogertman KZN. It is the major expansion of an existing 10 000 sqm shopping centre, which has grown eight times its size, to an impressive 80 000 sqm of world-class retail and leisure.

The fiercely contested awards, sponsored by Nedbank CIB, were announced at the SACSC’s 21st Annual Congress in Cape Town.

Commenting on receiving the well-regarded accolade, Patrick Flanagan of Flanagan and Gerard, said: “We are thrilled that Ballito Junction, which is an exceptional development achieved by an exceptional team, has been honoured with this prize. We believe that Ballito Junction Regional Mall realises our strategy of creating the ideal shopping and entertainment experience for its market, while also reflecting the latest in inspired mall design, tenant mix and retail innovation.”
Carl Jankowitz of Menlyn Main Investment Holdings said: “With the development of Ballito Junction Regional Mall, we have created a breath-taking experience in a truly world-class asset. We are delighted that the RDDA Awards have recognised its excellence. This honour from SACSC is a testament to the extraordinary vision, expertise, experience and skill that has been invested in Ballito Junction by the entire team.”

Clinching the esteemed award, Ballito Junction’s standout qualities that impressed the judges were noted to include its six anchors and a multi-screen cinema arranged over three levels making imaginative use of the topography of its site.

They said: “The tenant mix is excellent and clearly defined throughout the three levels with a strong food and beverage offer at the lower level forming a major anchor alongside the multi-screen cinema. The curving of the malls is attractively designed with light and bright interiors reflecting an ‘ocean’ theme in colours and motifs. Natural foot-flow feeds in at the highest level with equal distribution throughout from the concealed stacked parking.”

Adding to this achievement for the magnificent mall, Ballito Junction’s Exclusive Books also shone at the prestigious awards. It scooped top honours for the best designed retail store in the country. It was designed to Exclusive Book’s brief by Dakota Design.

Flanagan and Jankowitz congratulated Exclusive Books, on behalf of the mall, for creating a remarkable experience in its bespoke Ballito Junction bookshop, which features a design inspired by its unique setting.

The warm and inviting interior of Exclusive Books in Ballito Junction is clad throughout by its own merchandise – books. The concept is enhanced by a large central table encouraging social community and inviting customers to browse and dwell. This is combined with a coffee shop offer to further encourage relaxation in the store. The worktop and table areas are enhanced by attractive downlight fittings and the upstand fascias are given a timeless quality with distressed terracotta white glazed tiling.

Ballito Junction features as sensational selection of over 200 shops, restaurants, and services. It is located just off the N2 highway on Ballito Drive.

AN OLD ICON REVIVED! The Grain Silo Hotel

On the 1st March 2017, the doors to the Grain Silo Hotel opened to the public. This 28 room boutique hotel is the result of the epic reconstruction of the existing century old Grain Silo building at the V&A Waterfront and has been two and half years in the making.

The reconstruction of the building that stands today involved retaining the existing structure’s outer shell and essentially hollowing out the inside of the building to create the usable hotel and museum spaces seen today. The concept of this development was the brainchild of the internationally renowned artist/architect Sir Thomas Heatherwick who has been involved in work such as the Olympic Cauldron for the 2012 London Olympics and the Seed Cathedral at the UK pavilion in 2010. The hotel has an exquisite restaurant and roof top bar with one of the best 360 degree views in the world.

The construction of the hotel was a real feat of engineering in that the majority of the inside of the new hotel previously consisted of grain bins. These consisted of concrete walls two and a half meters apart and 20 meters tall, which had to be demolished from the bottom up after the outer shell of the structure had been stabilized. The demolition involved driving a 5 tonne Montabert into the bins from the side and letting it eat it’s way around the inside of the hotel for one and a half floors, keeping the outer and inner main structure intact and the remainder of the bin walls left hanging above. Once this was done, the floor on the inside of the shell could be constructed and then the five tonne machine could be loaded onto this new slab to start the whole process again. The sixth floor of the hotel was constructed by driving the Montabert into and out of the building off a scaffold platform constructed on the outside of the hotel.

To finish the building off the architects clad the outside in a one of a kind “pillow façade” constructed entirely of steel and glass. Each individual window is 5 meters in height and 4 meters in width and made of 52 pieces of glass creating facets. These were constructed and glazed as one unit in a factory and delivered and installed as one. These windows add an incredible spacial sense to the rooms, when you stand in front of them, admiring the view.


In October 2013, SAFCEC, the seven participating listed Construction Companies and the Black Business Council in the Built Environment (BBCBE) met
to find a way to:

  • restore the relationship and build trust with Government,
  • make the Industry more inclusive of black people, and
  • ensure SA’s very competitive and effective Construction Industry is not damaged but is kept intact as it transforms in a substantial and meaningful way.

Three years of negotiations between SAFCEC, the listed Construction companies and the PICC Ministers, with input from the BBCBE resulted in a Settlement Agreement (also known as the Voluntary Rebuilding Program or VRP) which was concluded and signed on the 11th October 2016. The Agreement includes the withdrawal of SANRAL and possible public sector civil claims and a settlement with the CIDB. There are two aspects to the VRP, a cash contribution and an empowerment commitment. Between the seven companies a total R1,5 bn is to be paid in cash over the twelve year period into the “Tirisano Fund” for:

  • Enterprise development programs
  • Bursaries for black engineers
  • Black artisan training
  • Maths and science school projects
  • Special social upliftment
  • Engineering resource development for Provincial Departments

The Tirisano Trust will be formed to be the custodian of the VRP, trustees will come from SAFCEC, the listed companies and those appointed by the PICC ministers with the BBCBE also having a Trustee. The Trust’s primary role will be to measure progress in meeting the objectives set out and decide on what projects the R1,5 bn will be spent on – the VRP provides guidelines.
For the Empowerment Commitment, the companies have two options – either sell more than 40% shareholding in their SA construction businesses to black people or alternatively mentor two or three black owned companies to achieve a combined turnover of at least 25% of the Listed Companies’ turnover within 7 years.

In WBHO’s case we have committed to mentor and develop Edwin Construction, Motheo Construction and Fikile Construction and we extend a warm welcome to these companies.

There are many positives in the VRP. This Settlement Agreement is a ground breaking model of effective and massive transformation. Also, an on-going, beneficial and co-operative relationship between the construction industry and the Government will be fostered through regular engagements between the CEO’s and Ministers. All CEO’s of the participating listed companies and beneficiaries signed an “Integrity Agreement”. All “irregular” public sector tender awards will also be exposed and dealt with at the highest ministerial level.


WBHO Construction receives the PMR.Africa 2017 Award

WBHO has yet again received the PMR.Africa 2017 Diamond Arrow Award in the category of Large Construction Firms, after a national survey was
conducted on Construction Companies in South Africa.

This is the 18th consecutive year for WBHO to have received such prestigious awards in a row. This achievement is a clear reflection of the hard work and
dedication offered by our team of professionals and support staff.

Thank you to everyone who played a significant role in our continued successful journey!
WBHO Management