Umhlanga Sands resort overlooks the Umhlanga Rocks beachfront and is a popular destination for local and international holidaymakers.
The Resort closed on 14 January 2012 to commence with the refurbishment of 237 hotel rooms and corridors. Teams started with demolition works on 18 January 2012.
Demolition works included removing of all furniture of 237 rooms, doors, door-frames, bathroom ceilings and wood and glass panels. New installations will include cretestone plastering of all walls, state of the art LED down lighters set in a flush skimmed ceiling and new doors and frames with the latest electronic Vingcard locks to give the rooms a luxurious finish. The plumbing infrastructure will be completely replaced including hot and cold water supply. The fire hydrant feeder pipe is also replaced. The rooms will be fitted with a new air conditioning fancoil unit, grills and control panel. Corridor walls will be
smooth plastered and new carpets will be laid, bulkhead ceilings and LED down lights will be giving the curved corridors a new look. In the public areas and restaurants all wooden shopfronts and doors will be re-placed with aluminium shopfronts.
The tight programme is a challenge to the team, but with Betts Townsend’s excellent time management skills the completion date of 5 April 2012 will be achieved and the hotel will be open in time to welcome their guests for the Easter weekend.
Client: Southern Suns Hotels & Resorts
Role: Project Management Location: Durban, South Africa Project Type: Retail