The 2022 SAISC Steel Awards were the first in-person awards ceremony held since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic. The event, which demonstrates excellence in the use of steel in construction, reaffirmed the resilience of the local steel industry sector over the past two years and celebrated the innovation, ingenuity and sense of community within the steel construction industry.
SAISC CEO Amanuel Gebremeskel commented on the number of high-quality, truly excellent projects that were showcased at this year’s annual Steel Awards. Safintra’s Saflok 700 concealed fix and Newlok standing seam profiles once again featured prominently in a number of winning projects.
Winner of two categories – Residential, and Best Project Gauteng – was House Benoni, a residential home. House Benoni demonstrated “innovative use of steel, combined with all the other elements of construction to deliver a statement piece of architecture and a warm, welcoming family home.” Safintra’s elegant standing seam profile, Newlok, completed the high visual impact of this stunning showpiece by adding a crisp modern look and feel to this high-end residence.
The Main Contractor on the project, Dave Monro of Monro Roof Sheeting, commented: “A great deal of time was spent in discussion with the client regarding finishes. We set out to build an award-winning house. Newlok delivers an excellent aesthetic effect and the wide pans allow for a very pleasing finish to the vertical and angular cladding. It is very versatile and one of the best standing seam roofing products available on the South African market.”
Winner of Best Project Limpopo, was Freshmark, a distribution centre in Polokwane. According to the Steel Awards’ press release, the project “made use of particularly innovative cladding: atypical of a warehouse building, and technically challenging to achieve. The result was aesthetically pleasing, with a design element of curved bullnoses from roof to cladding.” Safintra’s concealed fix roofing profile Saflok 700 was used for the project.
Finalists: A number of other projects which utilised Saflok 700 were finalists in the Steel Awards. These included:
- ACDC Dynamics, Cape Town – a flagship warehouse, distribution centre and retail store.
- Drakenstein Sentrum, Paarl, Cape Town – a boutique retail mall.
- Imperial Health Logistics, Gauteng – a warehouse-design facility.
- Getworth, Cape Town – a vehicles signature showroom.