PROPERTY: SSI Opens Its New Plattekloof Office
Recent Western Cape Business News
THE headquarters for SSI Engineers & Environmental Consultants’ operations in the Western Cape last month moved to new offices in Plattekloof from Bellville, where it was located since 2004.
The new offices, located in Building 1 Tygerberg Office Park in Hendrik Verwoed Drive, occupy
1 577 sq m in a newly constructed building, providing A-grade accommodation for the firm’s 71 staff members with an additional 736 sq m available for anticipated growth.
The new offices are the headquarters for SSI activities in the Western Cape, a presence held in the region since the 1930’s, but more specifically since the late 1980’s when the previous incarnations of the company – SS&O and Scott & de Waal merged operations in 1991. Housed then in the city centre in Strand Street in two offices, the company experienced several moves as its influence and staff numbers grew – from the CBD to N1 City then on to Bellville and now, Plattekloof.
SSI’s footprint in the Western Cape is extensive with offices in Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay and most recently, Saldanah Bay. Of its approximately 1 000 employees in South Africa, SSI employs more than 130 engineering, technical and support staff in the Western Cape, making it amongst the province’s leading engineering and environmental consultants.
SSI’s engineering and consulting influence has been felt throughout the Western Cape with the firm being involved with substantial infrastructure development projects – some which are taken for granted – like the Sishen – Saldanah iron ore rail line and numerous highway developments throughout the province – the most recent being the upgrade of the R300 and the N1 Winelands Toll route, upgrades to the CT International Airport and many water and wastewater schemes.
The firm has had a major influence in addressing the critical drought situation in the southern Cape, providing water augmentation, wastewater re-use and desalination technologies in no fewer than five municipal locations – Mossel Bay, George, Sedgefield, Knysna and Bitou through its innovative ‘Life beyond our Rivers’ planning scenarios.
SSI undertook the installation of the world’s first production capacity Nereda wastewater treatment plant at Gansbaai – a revolutionary technology developed in conjunction with parent company DHV and the University of Delft in the Netherlands, which achieves major cost and space benefits for the treatment of industrial and municipal wastewater. A second Nereda plant is currently underway at Wemmershoek near Stellenbosch.
Initially as transport and water engineers – a leading position it still holds today – SSI has expanded its operations countrywide to include the disciplines of energy and resources, buildings and structures, environmental and project and construction management.
As a member of the Netherlands based DHV group with 5 000 specialists worldwide operating in 70 countries, SSI in South Africa boasts a staff compliment of more than 1 000 engineers, scientists and support staff operating from a total of 21 offices, plus offices in Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Virtually since commencing operations in 1922, SSI has been recognised for its engineering excellence, having won or been commended for its projects by CESA, SAICE and industry associations.
Some recent awards achieved in the Western Cape have been:
• The Cleanrooms installation at the Biovac Institute
• Lourens River Flood Alleviation project
• Gansbaai WWTW
• ‘Life beyond our Rivers’ drought alleviation projects
Other notable projects currently or recently undertaken include:
• Fisantekraal WWTW
• Avis Turnaround Centre at CTIA
• Hermanus WWTW
• No 2 Military Hospital Renovation
• Greyton Flood Alleviation scheme and
• CTIA runway improvements.
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