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Nyatsanza Architects Transforms Old Building into Modern Offices for Natwecraft Investments

Nyatsanza Architects recently completed the refurbishment of an older building, transforming it into modern offices for Natwecraft Investments. The architect’s brief from the client was to redesign the existing building into state-of-the-art spaces that convey stability and transparency.

The single-story building with a plinth of 180 square metres sits on 694 square metres and is situated at 102A Samuel Parirenyatwa Road in Bulawayo.

Nyatsanza Architects was also the project manager for the development, while Archdev Projects was the main contractor. The project construction timeline was one month, from the date the tenant vacated the building to the date the owner wanted to occupy it.

Natwecraft Investments wanted a building that would instill confidence in its clients, and this meant a bold and distinctive design. The architect employed the concept of adaptive reuse, which involves taking into account the existing building and its historical and cultural significance, while also adding a contemporary design to complement it.

Nyatsanza Architects decided to merge the existing colonial Dutch gable with a touch of colour, glass, and steel. The front façade of the building was given such a blend, which makes it stand out while also incorporating the existing colonial Dutch gable into the design. This brought out the transition from old to new, while still taking into account the cultural heritage of the site.

The refurbishment included new floors, ceilings, electricals, and painting. An extension was also added to the building to accommodate the company’s boardroom. The result is a bright and airy space that is both functional and stylish.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 12, and the beneficial occupation was on April 30. Concrete beams were poured on April 14, which had a 28-day curing process. Therefore, some work could not be finished, but the client was able to move in and operate from the offices.

The project manager indicates that they “made sure everything was accounted for before the commencement of the project as the timelines would not allow any mishaps”. Resultantly, the scope and budget were adhered to and everything went according to plan. Additionally, building plans were submitted to the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) and approved before the project began and the inspector from the Council conducted all necessary inspections throughout the construction process.

Natwecraft Investments (Pvt) Ltd is a Zimbabwean power engineering solutions company with a focus on Zimbabwe. Natwecraft Investments has set its footprint on a variety of projects, including the Luveve Sewage Pump Station, and the design, construction, and operation of an 11KV substation in Kwekwe. The company also provides earthmoving equipment rental services and conducts oil purification and filtration.

The new offices reflect Natwecraft Investments’ commitment to innovation and growth. The open plan design encourages collaboration and communication, while the use of natural light creates a sense of calm and productivity. The overall effect is a space that is both welcoming and inspiring, perfectly suited to the company’s needs.

 

Suppliers List

Architects Nyatsanza Architects
Engineers PME
Project Managers Nyatsanza Architects
Main Contractor Archdev Projects
Building Material Supplier Halsteds Bulawayo
Quantity Surveyor Gift Chingama QS
Electrical Subcontractor Syphax Electricals
Reinforcement Steel Pump and Steel
Aluminium and Glass Margcha Shopfitting
Cement Halsteds Bulawayo
Painters Paint Style
Plumbing Chitwa Plumbing Services
Roof Archdev Projects
Doors Halsteds Bulawayo
Ceilings Eversearch Enterprises
Lighting Prime World Bulawayo

Text by Perry Kaande

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