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De Beers


SpaceWorx is completing a multi-year, multi-project, multi-building exercise for De Beers Group Services in refurbishing the De Beers Technologies research, development and manufacturing campus in Theta. The campus has several industrial buildings constructed from 1947, extended over the years and extensively modified up until 2001. These buildings were re-purposed and partially occupied as project space till 2007 when they were mothballed. In 2013, a decision was made to create a modern Research and Development facility.


The internal operations, circulation and services were completely different from the original. Buildings were ‘turned around’, new stairs and access ways were created to support the operations, with the integration of the different divisions and buildings. Buildings had to be taken down to the bare structure in some cases where weathering and damage from rain ingress had made refurbishment impossible. In other cases, minor work was required to concrete shell structures that let light onto new workshops.  All the buildings are now fully compliant with SANS 10400, despite their age.


Part of the structures that could not be refurbished has been replaced by the New Large Machine Assembly building. This purpose-built industrial building is the final assembly point for diamond sorting machines for mines that require specialized equipment and a structure for assembly and testing.

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University of the Witwatersrand


The University of Witwatersrand has a grand collection of old buildings, which were constructed from the 1920s and many are in very good shape. Heritage and the lack of adequate documentation complicate these projects. A weak spot in the portfolio has been the roofs, with many failures and movement in the structures, resulting in where maintenance and upgrades become necessary. SpaceWorx has been directly involved in several of these projects over the years. The most interesting was the waterproofing of Robert Sobukwe Block, the old Central Block building, with its elaborate facades. Movement and a lack of regular maintenance caused problems in many areas that required attention.


SpaceWorx has also worked extensively for the University of the Witwatersrand in refurbishing their old buildings and other general maintenance projects. These projects all required research and site investigations to understand the underlying problems and find the most cost-effective solutions for the University.


We have also been involved in re-planning and new fit-out projects for Departments who are relocated around the campus - this is all part of a dynamic organization's need to expand and shift their focus.

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Stellenbosch University


SpaceWorx has collected and managed extensive datasets and drawings of existing buildings to support our clients. This has provided clients with ready access to up to date information on their portfolio, occupancy and projects.


An off-shoot of this is SpaceWorx’ s involvement in the investigation, recommendation, preparing the RFI and RFP tender documentation and finally the oversight management of the execution of Stellenbosch University Integrated Computer-Aided Facilities Management System, which was recently completed. The knowledge to be able to integrate financial, facilities and asset data within a computer system to enable process for SUFM (Stellenbosch University Facilities Management) that build on their investment in their ArcGIS geographic information system's data. The new system allows them to monitor and maintain buildings in their portfolio and other assets such as air-conditioning and extract vents for laboratories. Certification for the laboratories can be monitored and managed with ease.


The project module will enable the University to have a multi-year rolling forecast for capital and P+L expenditure across locations and funding sources. Interlinking the project timing with the projected costs allow the University to ensure that expenditure matches projections, while still allowing the necessary flexibility for the Department.



Big corporate projects are always spread over numerous years and different phases. SpaceWorx was involved in the Sasol Headquarters building from 2010 when we commenced the survey and assessment of the business as part of the Commercial Office Strategy. This phase lasted till 2012 when the project received Board Approval. SpaceWorx produced the Strategic Facility Plan and supported the business with space planning services while the project was underway. SpaceWorx also advised the business in preparations for the new offices and how to manage them.


During the second phase, from 2012 to early 2013, the project team prepared the necessary RFI documentation for Sasol to go to market to look for suitable partners for the development. The Spatial Demand Model provided and maintained by SpaceWorx was a critical component in the package. The Spatial Demand Model allowed Sasol to accurately estimate the required size of the building for the process. SpaceWorx continued to assist with managing and rationalising their existing office portfolio in Rosebank during this time.


From 2013 to 2014 the Katherine Street project, as it then became known, went through the design phase and SpaceWorx was an integral part of monitoring the design development and detailed planning of the support and service areas for the business. SpaceWorx handed over the Space Planning package in the middle of 2014 to the project architects to complete.

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