Commenting on the success of this project at the time, the chairperson of the SAISC, Nicolette Skjoldhammer explained that the Durban Christian Centre highlights the use of steel in the building environment and says that this aim was “brilliantly realised by this project”.
For this milestone project, innovation exists in the very tight site access, as well as the geometry of the large roof arches, inclined in different planes, which provide support for the roof.
“The Durban Christian Centre is a very bold project. For the engineer to realise the form the architect envisioned must have been very complex,’ comments Skjoldhammer.
The building’s Colorplus® Klip-Tite 700 roof in Raincloud color is suspended under the three huge arches, from which hangs a primary apex girder in turn supporting the trusses. This design is more than an exercise in setting new engineering design standards – it actually was the most cost-effective option for the roof. Project engineer, Linda Ness says that the internal truss grillage is a simple 6×6 grid, allowing for the easy arrangement of the acoustic lining. Simple IPE purlins set up a bottom flange shelf frame for the acoustic and a platform for the Klip-Tite 700 roofing system.