Commercial Building on Independence Avenue (Pirates Arms Re-Development Project) Independence Avenue, Victoria, Mahé.

A multi-storey commercial building with a modern look including a feel of creole architecture is being proposed for the Pirates Arms Property. Facilities that will be incorporated in this development are semi basement parking for 42 vehicles, 6 shops, 3 floors of offices, 1 floor of entertainment facilities, 1 food court and 2 restaurants. The total area of the entire building will be 13,631 square meters.



a) Main Building The following architectural designs & drawings were completed: • Site, floor and elevation plans • Detail and component plans • Interior design and specifications • Engineering – Piling designs and all structural plans • Mechanical, Plumbing & Electrical About 95% of all MEP works were completed; • This involved electrical, • Air conditioning, plumbing, drainage • Designs including elevators Quantity Surveying • About 90% of the Bill of Quantities were completed. The estimated cost plans and cash flow for the year 2019 were also completed.

b) Tenants Accommodation Interior designs and specifications for the following facilities were completed after the tender and award for the 3 restaurant and casino in 2017: • Main restaurant on the ground floor • The three fast food areas on the ground floor. • The casino and entertainment on the first floor • Fine dining restaurant at the top floor Office spaces: 3 Floors


Piling work

This work commenced in late December 2017 but had to stop after being issued with a stop notice by the Planning Authority in January 2018. This was because of the tilting of the CBS Annex building. Eleven piles had been installed by then. In view that there were no local Geo-technical Engineer to further guide SPF on the issue, a South African Firm known as Ground Africa was appointed on 9th February 2018 to conduct an investigation and make recommendations on the way forward.

The decision from Ground Africa was to secure the building through ‘under-pinning’. CBS however preferred to pull it down and build a new one after they did a seperate investigation.

A compensation amount was also asked by CBS, whichis now being discussed aswell as arbitration with piling contractor. A reviewed piling methodology is also being submitted for work to resume in early 2019.


Consultants and Contractor Involved on the Project

Project Manager: Atvantage Group Architect: Ekoarkitek

Structural Engineer: F&D Structural Consultants

Quantity Surveyor: Hooloomann Project Services Ltd Mechanical

Electrical and Plumbing Consultant: IBEC (Sey)

Piling Contractor: Vijay Construction (Pty) Ltd Main

Building Contractor: Not yet appointed