Case Study


Ebesa Architects
Project manager
QUNU Engineers & Project Managers
Main Contractor: Grinaker-LTA Property Development Sub-Contractor: Scheltema & Co. (Kevin Jones)

Situated between the majestic Table Mountain and the breathtaking
Atlantic Ocean, the Cape Town Stadium is more than just a venue; it
is a symbol of architectural excellence and ingenuity. Its prominent
location allows it to be admired from the surrounding residential areas
and serves as a focal point for tourists exploring the wonders of Cape
Town. Saint-Gobain embarked on an extraordinary project, tasked
with designing and constructing state-of-the-art hospitality suites within
a stadium, while adhering to strict weight constraints imposed by the
pre-existing slab. With time as a critical factor for the alterations of 308
suites spanning 21,300 m², the team sought innovative lightweight
building solutions for ceilings and walls.

  • Challenge 1 – The team had to creatively respond to the loading onto existing structures.
  • Challenge 2 – The access between the site establishment and the construction areas inside the stadium was via temporary scaffolding access towers.
  • Challenge 3 – COVID-19 travel restrictions made it difficult for work to be conducted, so agility was required from the SG team members.
  • Acoustic comfort high performing ceiling systems to offer excellent sound absorption
  • Thermal comfort walls for energy efficient indoor temperature comfort
  • Lightweight solutions for adhering to strict guidelines of weight constraints
  • Dry build solutions to minimise water consumption during the build

“We had great trust in the Saint-Gobain team as we have worked with them on many other projects. We briefed them with regards to the requirements, and the Saint-Gobain team complied with the dry walling specification and project pack” “We did not have to change anything they had specified for the build. We commend the Saint-Gobain Team for taking a pro-active approach by innovatively constructing a mock-up for approval during lock down conditions.” Carina Marais – Ebesa Architects