The company reports that, once completed, the Woodmead housing estate will be the largest middle-income housing development in South Africa.
The civil works include the upgrading of the two provincial roads flanking the development on two sides.
Besides the expected 3 500 residential sites, including townhouse development sites, the development makes allowance for a small business park and commercial activities.
Another feature of the estate will be its educational facilities.
UWP reports that the company is developing 115 km2 of land which will be used for educational purposes. Once completed, the site will boast two educational buildings that will be able to accommodate about 800 students.
Approval for the development of the estate was received in May 2007 and a detailed topographical survey of the site took place in June 2007. The detailed design took place in August 2007 with construction on the estate starting in January 2008.
Meanwhile, UWP is in the process of carrying out a household sanitation project in Kwa Jama, Northern Cape.
The project consists of the construction of 3 360 toilets comprising block and prefabricated structures. UWP is responsible for the project management, construction and supply of materials.
Community based labour-intensive methods and increased use of local suppliers are used to complement this project.
The project value is estimated at R11,2-million and, to date, 1 900 units have been completed with the remaining units to be completed by March 2009.
The Mandlakazi regional water supply scheme in KwaZulu-Natal is currently in Phase 2C, with the other phases successfully completed. Phase 2C has a project value of about R22-million and is implemented in contracts suitable for contractors in construction industry development board categories three to five.
Currently, seven contracts in are in the implementation phase, with the remaining contracts having been completed during 2007, completion of the current project is anticipated to be March 2009.
The project comprises bulk pipework with storage reservoirs feeding into smaller networks with household yard connections.
The upgrade of the Ellis Park stadium precinct for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup is progressing according to plan.
Included in the Ellis Park precinct upgrade, is the implementation of a bus rapid transit (BRT) system around Ellis Park travelling from Saratoga avenue and Bertrams road. The BRT is a transit system that is expected to deliver fast, comfortable and cost-effective urban mobility by means of segregated right-of-way bus lanes in the median area similar to a rail-based system. These BRT routes will have their own distinctive signage and timetables.
The implementation of the BRT system involves extensive road widening, relocation of services and expropriation of land. This is being carried out in four phases, of which three have been planned and designed to date. Construction is well under way on the first phase, with completion scheduled for December 2007.
A joint venture between UWP Consulting and Themba Consulting is the civil and structural engineer on this multi disciplinary project.
Similar systems have been established in South America, Europe and Asia.