East Gate Mall, South Africa

The project features 3D curves, longitudinal curves, all incorporated into D-ended panel designs. The end result is a modern façade that contributed to the project winning the SAISC Award 2016.

The Project

When it opened in 1979, East Gate was Johannesburg’s first ‘super regional’ shopping centre and was the largest in the southern hemisphere. It remains one of the largest in the country, and is the fourth largest in the Gauteng, after Sandton City, Mall of Africa and Menlyn Park.


Johannesburg, South Africa
Kingspan Optimo – 4,000 m2

In 2015 a major refurbishment of the famous shopping mall commenced, and at an early stage Kingspan were invited to attend early design reviews for the façade system makeover.

In the summer of 2015, Kingspan entered a technical collaboration with Batley & Partners based in Johannesburg, to provide product technical assistance to support the façade design ambitions of the lead architect Mr Edmund Batley.

Following many months of technical collaboration between Kingspan, Batley & Associates and installer Chartwell Roofing & Cladding, a final design was completed.

The product chosen was unique, even within Kingspan, as the company had not manufactured this unique combination of products previously. The Kingspan Optimo range of façade panels was incorporated into the new design for the main walls of the entire shopping mall, including the pyramid shaped tower.

The Optimo insulated panel system features a hidden joint detail, concealing fasteners from view, delivering a clean, smooth and aesthetically appealing façade, providing the client with the desired finish – a finish that is unique and unrivalled in South Africa.

With Kingspan’s considerable experience and technical knowledge, we worked with a product that is magnificent in both its performance, and the value it brings to the project – providing the client with a finish that is unique in South Africa.

- Andrew Vermeulen, Director – Chatwell Roofing

The products featured 3D curves, longitudinal curves, all incorporated into D-ended panel designs. The end result, when installed with the expertise of the Chartwell Roofing & Cladding team, has resulted in a modern façade, which contributed in no small way, to the project winning the SAISC Award 2016.

Aesthetics are only part of the beauty – Optimo also provides valuable construction and in-use performance benefits.

As a factory engineered single-component, simplicity and speed of build reduces time on-site and associated costs. Optimo is quickly and easily installed with the aid of mechanical lifting equipiment and single-fix installation.

The excellent thermal, acoustic and durability properties of Optimo, key factors in the decision-making process, will ensure East Gate Mall will perform as well as it looks for years to come.


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