Experience & Representative Projects
Our work within Swaziland has encompassed a broad spectrum of building types. The practice has become widely known for its progressive designs. For example, the Worship Hall for Jesus Calls Worship Centre in Matsapha, has became a well known architectural landmark and inspirational platform for growth within this church. Work has been completed on a large scale extension to the project expected on site in 2012.
We are actively involved in a number of projects, which are focused upon the development and upliftment of local rural communities. The practice is currently involved in a project to establish 12 high schools in outlying regions of the country sponsored by the Japanese Government. We are also engaged in a project sponsored by CLC Church Ohio with Challenge Ministries Swaziland for a church and community buildings in the lowveld of Lavumisa. The project uses lightweight steel members infilled with sand bags which utilize materials sourced from the local stream as an innovative and low cost construction method.
In the field of industrial projects the firm successfully completed 3 phases of factory buildings for the employment of 3000 textile workers in Matsapha from 1999 to 2004. Our client Tuntex Textiles is one of Taiwan’s top five largest companies, and one of the largest new investors in Swaziland in recent years.
The firm has a particularly wide profile in extension and refurbishment projects and has developed a reputation for the creative revitalization and re-branding of existing structures. This has commonly been achieved while the client is continuing full operations during construction. Projects vary from those with an advanced technical component such as the refurbishment of Swaziland’s national radio building SBIS, (designed in liaison with Building Systems Network and Pro Acoustic Consortium) or projects where sensitive additions are required to historically listed buildings, as in the case of the extension of All Saints Cathedral, Church Mbabane.
Interior design based projects have included the design of Price Water -house Coopers offices in Mbabane; and Restaurant, Kitchen and Conference facilities for Thokoza Anglican Conference Centre.
The firm has been involved in a number of private housing developments and has recently completed the development of four town houses – Sipheshula Gardens in Dalraich, Mbabane through its sister company Zinhle Developments.
Brad Walker Architects has provided services for a number of public sector projects which include Lavumisa and Lomahasha Border Posts. Lavumisa is Swaziland’s second busiest border gate and we are currently entering into the third completion phase of a E 70 million project.
The practice successfully completed its first medical facility in 2011- The Women and Children’s Hospital in Manzini which is the only specialized facility of its kind in the country. Over the last five years we have been working on our largest commissions to date which have also focussed on the health sector. In 2014, the firm was awarded the World Bank European Union Ministry of Health HIV/AIDS TB Project from an international field of competitors. Projects handled by Brad Walker architects within the programme of work include the Refurbishment and Extension of Mbabane Government Hospital Maternity Unit, and New Maternity Units and Operating Theatres for Mkhuzweni, Dvokolwako, Nhlangano and Matsanjeni Health Centres. The project will make a significant impact on the quality of maternal care throughout the country and has been successfully delivered on time and budget.
Brad Walker Architects has recently partnered with the multidisciplinary Taiwanese Consultancy CECI to undertake the Mbabane Government Hospital Emergency and Referral Center. Due for completion in 2018 the firm has provided detailed design, working documentation and supervision services. The project is an 8000m² building with five floors and includes an Outpatients Department, and Accident and Emergency Unit, a Mortuary and Administrative Offices.