Africa Outlook - Issue 64

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Bingham adds: “Big name companies in the architecture environment are ordinarily developed around luminaries, or leaders in their time. I like to believe that FGG Architects’ enduring legacy has more to do with the collective; all striving for the advancement of everyone in the group, with an ethos of balance, and a striving for excellence in the firm.” This collective enables FGG to offer services across a wide range of architectural fields, from medical, education and retail, to residential, hospitality, and bush lodges. FGG also houses a dedicated interior design team, meaning it can cater to the full scope of a building from outside in. Hathorn highlights another secret to FGG’s unbeaten 65-year innings to date: “We pride ourselves on building strong relationships with our clients, to ensure that their expectations are not only met, but exceeded. “A poignant example of this is our

long-term involvement with Hilton College, who have used FGG as the school’s architects since the firm was established.”

K-RITH: An African first

A tremendous examination of the South African firm’s experience and expertise, K-RITH is another testament to FGG’s longstanding reputation. The project is a collaboration of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, situated on the grounds of the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine adjacent to the King Edward VIII Hospital which lies between Durban Harbour and the suburb of Umbilo. Around 4,000 square metres spanning eight storeys, the build cost was upwards of R346 million when factoring in furnishing with stateof-the-art lab equipment used by its primary tenant, the African Health Research Institute.

K-RITH has been a flagship project for FGG





arsons & Lumsden is proud to be associated with the K-RITH Laboratory development. Our extensive expertise in mechanical services design in healthcare and laboratory applications allows us to contribute significantly to the success of such projects. A project of this nature requires detailed integrated planning at a very early stage in the design process. Our longstanding relationship with FGG Architects has been further strengthened by the successful execution of this challenging project. We congratulate FGG on their 65th anniversary and look forward to many more successful years collaboration with them. T 031 764 7727 E

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