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Project Update: Ballitoville

Sep 29, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off on Project Update: Ballitoville


Here is a closer look at a warehouse we built for Shree Property Holdings, for general use. You can head over to their website if you’re interested in letting this property.



The project took a total of 13 weeks from order to completion, which included working through the industry strike. We were requested to keep internal column spacing to a minimum so if you visit this warehouse you will find internals across the 60m span, at every alternate bay so the effective minimum clear area equalled 750m2. 3m tilt up concrete panels and columns were used around the perimeter to expedite the building work.




What’s going down at Rivertown

Sep 25, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off on What’s going down at Rivertown

“New ideas must use old buildings”

– Jane Jacobs


It’s incredible what can happen when a  few people see the potential in something old and choose to bring it back to life. This is exactly what happened with 8 Morrison Street, Rivertown. Most of you have probably visited the Sunday Morning Trade, held in the warehouse, but this area is much more than just a market. It’s city development.

The 1905 warehouse is located 2 city blocks East from the International Convention Centre and this one forgotten, derelict building has had new life breathed into – effecting the entire heartbeat of Durban.

Apart from the Morning Trade Market, you will also find a bunch of creative art installations from Kim Goodwin , Sean Stretch and Pastelheart and Skullboy. We won’t give too much away  because we encourage you to check it our for yourself!

The hope of Rivertown is that it impacts and influences other businesses in the area and that Durban soon becomes a hub of creativity, lifestyle and culture – much like the Maboneng Precinct in Joburg (which was developed by the same people, Propertuity).

Regeneration projects like this make us proud to be a part of the development and construction world! We would love to hear your thoughts on Rivertown and ideas for further development in Durban or whatever city you live in! Drop us a line here:









Project Update: Toyota Umlazi

Sep 23, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off on Project Update: Toyota Umlazi

We had the privilege of putting our creative juices together to design a Toyota Showroom for Morgan Creek Properties out in Umlazi.

The project took us eight weeks of hard graft which included a few delays concerning municipal documentation. The aim was for the showroom to be attached onto an existing structure.


Here are the results:




Top Tips for Civil Engineers

Sep 18, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off on Top Tips for Civil Engineers

As you may or may not know, at Cousins Steel International, design, engineering & drawings are all completed in-house. We employ professional engineers and technicians who offer a complete design & construction solution.

For all of those current and aspiring civil engineers out there, we thought we would give you some helpful advice. So we approached one of our top engineers,  Adam Oldfield and asked him what his top engineering tips would be. Here’s what he had to say:


Whilst being a professional requires an extensive knowledge of ones field, it is imperative to seek guidance from other professionals in any areas of uncertainty.

Keep a full record of all correspondence in writing.

Just because a client or architect has shown a specific detail (flat roof) on a drawing, it does not mean you need to follow it. Make justified recommendations – see point 2 where not considered.

Always teach your team as opposed to instructing them.




Project Update: Zamori Cold Store

Sep 16, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off on Project Update: Zamori Cold Store

We were contracted to build a Cold Storage Facility for Zamori (Pty)Ltd and have thoroughly enjoyed this project.

The steel portion of the project took us 11 weeks and the balance is cold storage and high level racking, so the contract for this particular project is fairly long. The design of this facility is to allow for heavy machinery, plant and cold store panels to be integrated on the structure.


Have a look below at the construction process of Zamori:


Open Design Cape Town

Sep 11, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off on Open Design Cape Town

Recently Open Design Cape Town was held in the 2014 World Design Capital.

The point of this annual, cross-disciplinary, city-wide event is to create an educational, informative, inclusive, collaborative platform for the people of Cape Town to use design and its numerous disciplines to openly share their design with each other.

“The full and varied programme encourages design practitioners, managers, media, educators, students and members of the public to share design concepts with each other – and particularly with young people – to develop and inspire a future generation of designers” 

This year’s theme was ” Design is for Change”.

Why Design is for Change?

“This year, South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, a milestone that showcases the country’s evolution. Change has been pivotal to the growth and development of the nation. Design is integral to making change happen: from developing educational tools and technologies for children and mobile apps that create access to quality healthcare, to empowering people to think laterally, and find new and innovative ways to approach business and entrepreneurship.”

We love hearing about events like these that encourage innovation and creativity, essentially inspiring people to transform their cities!

Here are some photos from this year’s event!


Project Update: 1360 South Coast Road

Sep 9, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off on Project Update: 1360 South Coast Road


This project was a general warehouse built for Henways Transport through Shree Property Holdings

The project was expected to take 12 weeks but took us a mere 8 weeks to complete, despite the massive strike that occurred in the metal and steel industry. We made use of precast concrete (tilt up) walls and a composite steel/concrete detail in the office suspended floor to speed up the process of the building.


You can have a glimpse at the tilt-up process here:

Reflections on UIA Durban 2014

Sep 4, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off on Reflections on UIA Durban 2014


From the 3rd – 7th August, 2014, Durban was privileged to be the host of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Conference. Architects, engineers, designers, technologists, planners, thinkers and writers from all over the world gathered at the Durban ICC and engaged the public with  lively and challenging talks, workshops, events and happenings.

The theme of this year’s conference was ” Architecture Otherwhere”. Quoted from the website, the heart behind this name:

” The Congress will ponder the OTHERwhere by exploring ANYwhere-but-HERE – it creates a vagueness and uncertainty – stimulating creative engagement with the title and dialectic between concepts of uncertainty and certainty by defining what kind of OTHERwhere – suggesting an alternative way of existing through connectivity, togetherness – in Durban, in South Africa, in Africa, on the planet; personally and collectively.”

We wanted to give an inside scoop on the conference so we interviewed architect Gareth Knox, who was able to attend the renowned event.

Hey Gareth, please give us a brief description of the UIA event:

“The International Union of Architects World Congress is a triennial event held in an established host city, with the 25th edition of the event being hosted by Durban.

For this year’s UIA Congress, there were three days of talks and presentations with each day having a specific focus namely; Resilience, Ecology and Values. Though some of the keynote addresses were hijacked to push some form of political agenda or “observe protocol”, a majority of the talks did indeed address the themes of Resilience, Ecology and Values and brought to the fore architectural and building solutions that respond to issues on a global scale.”

There were some excellent speakers such as Toyo Ito and Mokena Makeka. Who was your favourite speaker/s and why?


“My favorite speaker was an architect by the name of Cameron Sinclair who is the CEO of a company called Architecture for Humanity. They are a volunteer non-profit organization set up to promote architecture and design to seek solutions to global social and humanitarian crisis. Cameron’s address was both highly entertaining (he won a Ted Talks award in 2012, so is a very accomplished public speaker) and the work put on display was of a high quality. 

Another one  of my favorite speakers was a Mexican architect by the name of Gerardo Salinas. His work was a great example of what an architect can accomplish when merging beautiful architecture with basic human needs.”

What sort of impact do you think this conference will have on Durbs?

“I feel it gives the city not just great international exposure to architects and engineer’s from around the world, but it sends a message that we are in fact a developing nation. Not just developing our infrastructure, but developing our city hand in hand with complex social, economic and cultural factors that are unique to most other cities around the world.”
To read more on what went down at the UIA conference, check out their website:

See below for some photos from the event:

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Get to know the project: Duralumin Duct

Sep 2, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off on Get to know the project: Duralumin Duct

This beautiful storage facility was built for Nadasens Property Trust to act as a bulk storage facility for fertiliser. Cousins Steel International does a lot of work for Nadasens and considers them one of our most valued customers!

The particular steel structure had to sit on top of a 4.5m high concrete wall that was designed to hold the bulk cargo on the inside wall. It spans no less than 35 for the most efficient use of space in the warehouse.

The project quoted and designed in October 2012 and was completed in two phases:

Block A and B: About 10000m2  completed by the end of last year

Block C: 6000m2 completed this year


Have a look below at the construction process of Duralumin Duct:


Welcome To The Cousins Steel Blog

Aug 15, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off on Welcome To The Cousins Steel Blog

Great news, we’ll be launching our blog soon!