Fourways Mall, in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg, officially opened
on the 22 August 2019. Estimated to be worth approximately R9 billion and at
178,000 m² in size, it is now the largest mall in Africa. Prior to its
expansion, the mall was 64,000 m², the next biggest mall is Menlyn Park in
Pretoria at 169,000 m².
Integral to Fourways Mall is a massive new parkade designed to allow for
the construction of a two-storey hotel above it. Echo Prestress were appointed
to provide the precast structure for the carpark, and all columns were erected
utilising Peikko’s innovative bolted connection systems for precast concrete.
Daniel Petrov, MD, Peikko South Africa, states, “Using Peikko connections
simplified the structural design and improved site productivity by shortening
the floor to floor construction cycle time providing substantial cost savings
for the project”. Additionally, safety on site was enhanced as columns erected
utilising Peikko Column Connections do not require temporary propping.
Petrov states “The beauty of a bolted, mechanical connection is that it
can be done with a small crew on site and no temporary bracing is needed. As
soon as the nuts are tightened, the connection is movement-resistant and the
crane can move on to the next column.”
Peikko’s innovative products are making a positive impact on the
efficiency of the building industry. The company is the leading manufacturer of
bolted connection systems for precast concrete. Peikko is the global forerunner
in slim floor structures and connection technology for precast and in-situ
applications. Peikko’s Bolted Connections provide a fast and more
cost-effective way to design and build, ensuring that the construction process
is simpler and safer.