“While Africa is the land of opportunity, and the possibilities are immense, we think that professionals need to work hard to understand the differences across the continent to realise its potential. A vast region of distinct countries and regions, where the majority of the cases lack efficient infrastructure, not only roads and tele-communications but buildings like hotels and hospitals, and typically what is needed is for a person or business to be brave enough to kickstart these projects such as the first Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Africa which was recently opened in Gaborone, Botswana,” says Luis Francisco Hernandez Ruiz, SVA Architects.
COMPLETE DOOR SOLUTION DELIVERS REAL VALUE
The Hilton Garden Inn was one of the first projects to utilize GEZE as a complete-package door and window solution partner. Says Kevin Diamond MD GEZE Southern Africa, ’The first of many Hilton Garden Inns planned across Africa by The Hilton Group has been a magnificent challenge and a huge learning opportunity. Having successfully managed the process from beginning to end, GEZE has added value by working closely with the Professionals: SVA International, Source Design and Group Five on the project from design, specification and construction. All-in-all this particular process has been a huge movement forward for us.’
There are effectively two developments on this site, the hotel plus the mixed-use commercial development. GEZE supplied the complete door solution for everything, for example: Guests are directed to the lobby through automatic bi-fold doors – GEZE ECdrive: Automatic Linear Sliding Doors which are designed to offer robust and convenient access for high traffic areas, and across the hotel floors, guests are assured of the highest standards of door fire-safety with GEZE TS 3000 ISM door closers for double fire doors and the GEZE 400 series panic-hardware on escape doors which are CEN certified and CE marked for safety. Back of house staff experience appropriate hands-free ease- of- access across kitchen, laundry and basement areas to ensure optimal service and security controls with GEZE 700 series locks and GEZE TS2000 door closers.
CROSS BORDER CHALLENGES, GEZE A PERFECT FIT
Says Ruan Beylefeld, Group Five Site Agent, “Being a cross-border project for a global brand brought with it huge challenges relating to time, cost and logistics. So GEZE’s control, supply and installing was an ideal fit. When we hit inevitable challenges, they would jump and get right on to it. The feedback from the global stakeholders after the walk through, is that this is 5-star quality for a 3-star build. We’re extremely proud of this result!”
READY TO SERVE THE GROWTH IN DEMAND FOR HOTELS ACROSS AFRICA
“Our local teams truly understood the demands of the African market. Together with The Hilton Groups brand standards and the support of the client in every single stage of the process, this ensured that the standard was met for all concerned. We expect that the demand for hotels in general will increase dramatically across this continent, and thanks to the GEZE team locally and globally, we know that we are ready to support our clients to meet this demand,” says Karen Sum, Head of Global Account Management, GEZE Leonberg, Germany.