14 Aug ICON Group collaborates on residential project
14 August 2020. Showcasing its dynamic ability to add value to any property development, the ICON Group is nearing completion with the groundwork for a residential project in Pretoria’s suburbs. Making use of its world-class fleet of equipment, the company is adding to the sustainability, efficiency, and quality of the project.
“We were approached by Helm Construction to complete the groundwork for a high-end residential property development where the topography was set to be challenge,” explains Wayne Neary, ICON Group MD. Sloping at about 45 degrees with a 45 metre crossfall, the property’s profile made the use of wheeled equipment incredibly difficult, not to mention risky. This means rollers and graders were not an option. The company was able to rise to the challenge, making use of excavators on tracks to complete the cut-to-fill groundwork. “We were pleased to be able to offer our services to help prepare the construction site expertly, ensuring the stability and success of the rest of the development.”
Achieving the right ground level of a site is critical before construction begins, as poorly levelled areas can severely threaten the structural integrity of a building. “We stepped in to ensure that the groundwork was done right, working closely with other parties involved in the project, Nico Van Der Meulen Architects and GFC Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers,” explains Neary.
The ICON group owns a fleet of equipment which allows the company to embrace any construction challenge. In this particular case, their Hyundai 30-ton excavator was invaluable. It is equipped with a reliable engine with high torque, which produces more power with less fuel consumption, helping mitigate the environmental footprint of the operation. Making use of hydraulics and mechatronics in moving heavy loads, the equipment boasts efficient energy usage.
For lighter loads requiring more flexibility, ICON Group also has a Hyundai 20-ton excavator which boasts a swing gear that is proven sturdy and solid. Both excavators are built to the highest safety standards to ensure that the structural integrity and durability of the equipment is at its peak, aiding in a safe and reliable earthmoving operation.
Key to this operation, both excavators could handle the difficult topography of the site. “Facing a steep site with very rocky conditions, having excavators on tracks meant we could safely move rocks and soil as needed. We made use of our hydraulic hammers and padfoot roller to crush the rocks and ensure a compact and sturdy construction site.” ICON’s scope of work on this project is almost complete, with handover expected soon.