The latest string of high-profile Gauteng property developments and refurbishments has once again highlighted the flexibility of application and broad-ranging appeal synonymous with Cobra’s taps and mixers.
Products from across 10 different ranges to the value of more than R2 million were specified in a host of refurbishments including; the Cresta shopping centre in Randburg, the Menlyn Park Edgars store. Coupled with these refurbishments, the taps have also been specified in the recent construction of; The Grid Office Park in Rivonia, Cornwall Hill College in Irene and Botshilu Private Hospital in Shoshanguwe, Pretoria.
The Botshilu Private Hospital represented the biggest investment in products, by far, with more than R1.1 million worth of taps, mixers and urinal Junior Flushmaster Flushvalves specified for this brand new, state-of-the-art, 100-bed hospital. The standout product being the hygienic Medical Elbow Action mixer, manufactured from polished dezincification resistant (DZR) brass. A total of 199 medical mixers were installed throughout the hospital.
In the wards, 29 Noka mixers, two Stella mixers, 29 Ledimo mixers and 36 Cobratron pillar taps were installed. The Cobratron collection forms part of the hands-free electronic tap range and mixers that rely on highly accurate sensors to deliver water only when activated. This allows for hygienic operation and together with pressure compensating 6 litre per minute flow restrictors, that conform to Green Building Council requirements, ensures water and energy savings.
These strong green credentials saw a further 16 Cobratron pillar taps and 79 Cobratron wall spout taps installed in the refurbishments of the Edgars Menlyn Park super store and Cresta shopping centre where an additional 8000m² of retail space was recently added.
“Both architects wanted durable products that would stand up to the high-traffic environments of their respective settings, with simple aesthetics. In the Menlyn Park installation, the architect specified electronic mixers for hygiene purposes while the Cresta project called for wall-mounted spouts. Cobra came out tops both times: the Menlyn Park architect loved the Cobratron pillar tap’s simple design and elegant look, while the Cobratron wall spout could be easily retrofitted to the existing outlet in the Cresta project, minimising renovation costs,” says Leane Vletter, Cobra National Specifications Executive: Hospitality and Leisure.
The Grid Office Park sports a minimalist architectural design and all fittings needed to reflect this. In the complex’s bathrooms, the Taryn mixer with its minimalist handle offered the perfect fit. The mixer’s economical 6L per minute flow rate also met the project’s watersaving criteria. In addition, 27 Gala mixers and 10 Star mixers were also installed in the kitchens and bathrooms.
Cornwall Hill College is a co-educational independent school in Irene located on 25ha of rural land. It caters for Grades 000 to Grade 12 with a current enrolment of more than 1700 learners. In the two kitchens and 12 bathrooms 30 Carina taps were installed.
“Boogertman & Partners Architects wanted a robust tap in a design that would complement the college’s country surrounds. Carina mixers were chosen for their traditional, classic style and durability. Cobra was also specified for the toilets and showers with Cobra’s 9L per minute flow restrictors being installed on the basin mixers,” says Juanita van Rooyen, Cobra Specifications Representative.