Construction of the Orchards Clinic, a state-of-the-art primary health care facility that will offer greatly improved health care services to residents of Orange Grove and neighbouring suburbs, is now in it is final stretch, with much of the major construction work completed.
Construction of the clinic along Louis Botha Avenue has undergone many challenges, resulting in delays on the project. In 2018, a new engineer was appointed to design a solution for construction as a corrective measure following allegations of structural under-design by the previous engineer.
Remedial works were undertaken and all efforts focused on ensuring that the structure complies with the new structural design. Additional steel beams and columns were added throughout the building to create a stronger structure. The remedial works were completed in March 2019.
With much of the major construction work completed, residents of Orange Grove and neighbouring suburbs can expect a facility that will meet the growing health care needs of the community. Construction works are expected to be completed by February 2020.
According to the Senior Development Manager at JDA, Nthangeni Mulovhedzi, “there is no longer any major work that could result in more serious delays of the project. Much of the remaining work entails finishing (plastering, window fitting, electrical work, installing ceilings, floor screeding etc)”.
On completion, the clinic will consist of 20 consulting rooms, emergency facilities, antenatal, ARV and TB service facilities as well as a courtyard, office space and parking area for staff and patients. The building will incorporate environmentally friendly features allowing for rainwater harvesting, solar heating and maximum use of natural light and ventilation, as well as a vegetable garden.