• Drew Wilson

ECO ENG ONSITE: Umdoni Point Lifestyle Village, Pennington

Read our latest project profile to see what Eco Eng has been up to onsite for P&G Construction in Pennington, KwaZulu-Natal.

Seaside village with a difference

Umdoni Point Lifestyle Village on the south coast, only a 50 minute drive from Durban, is an over-50s seaside village with a difference. This private residential development has high ambitions to create a new community that prioritises the wellbeing and safety of its residents, as well as the pristine natural surroundings.

The estate promises an exclusive eco beach lifestyle to would-be residents, spanning almost 50 hectares of coastal bush with uninterrupted ocean views and direct beach access. Eco Eng transformed the initial engineering plans, which were modular and conservative, to create an economical design that is sensitive to the topography. The Durban-based engineering firm has provided the full engineering package of works, including the civils framework, earthworks and road design, sewer and stormwater connections and structural plans.

“Eco Eng offers friendly, professional and efficient service. They take pride in their work, going the extra mile and visiting the site whenever possible, not just out of contractual obligation. Ease of communication is a top priority, and this has benefited our development immensely, allowing us to explore different engineering options with my ideas in mind.” - Paul Tedder, P&G Construction

Holistic approach

Developing an estate from the ground up is so much more than just building houses, especially in a sought-after and protected location. A holistic approach is paramount to a successful construction phase with early subcontractor engagement and careful planning.

Eco Eng has also consulted on Umdoni Point’s physical configuration, which will allow this community to thrive for years to come. Each aspect of the construction has been carefully considered, including the orientation of the houses and the way in which the plots have been cut and filled. The design has looked at each plot individually to retain the natural landscape and minimise unnecessary earthworks, maximising design, privacy and access to each home.

Umdoni Lifestyle Estate will be built in four phases. The first phase of 60 freestanding homes and maisonettes is currently under construction with exciting plans afoot for future phases and facilities.

“I really enjoy working with Eco Eng. They are genuine, trustworthy and reliable. Eco Eng has more than met my expectations with the utmost attention to detail and problem solving on Umdoni Point Lifestyle Village. From technical support to design reviews, every aspect - big and small - is delivered with genuine professionalism and reliability.” - Leon Van Zyl, Ark Engineering

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