ICON Group begins work on a new filling station located on the M2 Johannesburg
Earlier this year, the ICON Group was awarded a contract to work on a new filling station development on the M2 Johannesburg in Kensington. Located between the Chilvers street and Cleveland road offramps, the new development will provide motorists with a convenient refuelling point on a currently unserviced stretch of highway.
The R8 million contract was awarded to the ICON Group by the property developers, starting February 2020 for completion within six months. While construction has had to pause due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the company looks forward to working quickly and efficiently once construction is allowed to recommence.
With a prominent history of delivering on time and within budget, the ICON Group overcame fierce competition for this contract which includes the initial bulk earthworks and civils, followed later by tar surfacing and layer works once building has progressed. Additionally, this new development includes the construction of two large entrance and exit roads onto the M2.
“The site posed a challenge, as it naturally lies 3 metres below the highway. To ensure optimal visual exposure for this new development, we needed to raise the site so that it wouldn’t be missed,” explains Wayne Neary, Managing Director of the ICON Group. By filling the site, the company was able to ensure motorists had line-of-site, while also mitigating the need for steep entrances to and exits from the filling station.
The biggest challenge for this project is working in close proximity to high density buildings and heavy traffic zones in cooperation with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL). ICON must be conscious of noise and adhere to the strictest safety measures as it undertakes clearing of the 30 000 m2 site, cutting and filling, and all associated civil services including water and sanitation infrastructure, electrical infrastructure and roadworks.
“Having worked with this particular client on several other projects, we look forward to once again proving our expertise and professionalism regardless of the challenges we face,” concludes Neary.