Local partners for V&A grain silo museum construction announced

Local partners for V&A grain silo museum construction announced

The V&A Waterfront recently announced the local partners that will be working alongside British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s team on the transformation of the historical grain silos into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).


Jochen Zeitz, David Green and Thomas Heatherwick during the Grain Silo sod turning.

WBHO has been appointed as the lead construction contractor. For the past year and a half, they’ve had to test a complex construction process, as well as the feasibility of the design elements in this process.

MACE is the Principal  Agent and Project Manager.  Sutherland and Arup are the appointed structural engineers and Francis Archer from Arup London will lend his expertise to the technically challenging project. Archer was instrumental in the production of the Garden Bridge project over the Thames River in London, the new Scottish Parliament building and the impressive Hause für Musik und Musiktheater (MUMUTH) in Austria. MLC has been appointed as the quantity surveyor.

Van Der Merwe Miszewski (VDMMA), Rick Brown Associates (RBA) and Jacobs Parker are the three local architectural firms who will assist in bringing the innovative project to life, with Jacobs Parker responsible for the Museum fit out.


Mark Noble, V&A Waterfront Development Manager and Mark Coetzee, Zeitz MOCAA Director and Chief Curator at the Grain Silo ground breaking.

WBHO, MACE, Van Der Merwe Miszewski and Rick Brown Associates have all previously worked together as the team behind the 6 star Green Star SA Design rated No. 1 Silo and the 4 star Green Star rated No. 2 Silo buildings, adjacent to the Grain Silo complex.

“This is a particularly momentous occasion for us as the dream we nurtured for so long is finally leaving the drawing board to become a reality. We are confident that we have the right team in place to bring the silo to life again and do justice to our vision” said David Green, V&A Waterfront CEO.

Construction on the R500 million Grain Silo complex is due to be completed by late 2016. Zeitz MOCAA is expected to take occupancy in November 2016 with the museum officially opening to the public in February 2017.


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