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About Us

Viridicon

Viridicon is a South African Construction Group that was established in 2015. Viridicon consists of several divisions, each targeting a specific need in the construction sector of South Africa and abroad. The foundation of our business began in building contracting with both founding directors studying and practicing construction since they left school.

The business comprises of various divisions each catering for a specific need in the execution stage of a building project. From the physical construction requirements that clients may require, to professional construction project consulting, energy efficiency and the future of construction technology, Viridicon is the Construction company that clients choose when looking for professionalism and efficiency on their building project.

Our Values

Viridicon Builds Life Space

At Viridicon we believe that there is so much more to a building than just brick and mortar. When we deliver a complete project to a client, we understand that it will be used for so much more.

Shelter from the storm

Buildings protect us. They are our security, our comfort and where we feel safe. At Viridicon we understand this therefore we build to the highest standards with the correct and safest materials.

Space for family

Buildings are where families grow, where memories are made, and generations move through. Due to this, Viridicon ensures safe buildings at the end of a project .

Space to learn

Buildings form spaces where young minds learn and grow. Viridicon is proud to be associated with school’s development and contributing to the minds of the future.

Space for business to thrive

Buildings are where businesses operate, progress and grow. As a growing company ourselves, Viridicon understands how important a works space is for the well-being of employees and image that is portrayed to clients. Therefore, we ensure the highest quality standards to all of our office space and commercial buildings.

Space to be entertained

Entertainment is important to all of us and this is way the buildings we choose to be entertained in need to be enjoyable. Viridicon strives to deliver top quality entertainment venues in all of our retail builds.

Team

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Chief Executive Officer

Byron Fergusson

Byron began his career with Murray & Roberts Building whereby he acquired a bursary to study BSc Construction Management with honours through the University of Pretoria. From starting his career as a student and visiting sites as a junior foreman, through to managing a large shopping center developments 6 years later, Byron gained ample experience in constructing and delivering high end developments.

Byron then left the company and formed Viridicon in 2015. Byron’s experience in large developments coupled with his Entrepreneurial mindset has positioned him perfectly to lead Viridicon as its managing director in both the consulting business as well as the contracting business.

Education

  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management University of Pretoria
  • SASFA course in light steel Frame erection
  • Peri Vario Formwork System
  • Murray and Roberts Graduate Development course 2012
  • Murray and Roberts Manage Self Development course 2013
  • Murray and Roberts Manage Development Others 2014
  • Construction Planning & Programming (CCS – C202) 
  • Value Engineering in Projects

Experience

Murray & Roberts

Year: 2009 – 2015

BDO Offices, 43 Wellington St, Parktown

Year: 2011
Position: Graduate Construction Manager

Melrose Arch 40 on Oak Luxury Apartments

Year: 2012-2013
Position: Graduate Construction Manager for Murray and Roberts Buildings on site
Total value: +/- R330 Million

Scope of works:

  • All aluminum shop front installation on site. Included programming, monitoring installation and attending to quality. (Contract value +/- R9 million)
  • Managed the works of 10 units from brickwork to final completion. Included the management of subcontractors, program, quality and labour in each unit. (Contract value +/- R15million)
  • Quality Controller for site
Wonderpark Shopping Centre refurbishment and new build

Year: 2013
Position: Construction Management Intern for Murray & Roberts Buildings
Total value: +/- R370 Million

Scope of works:

  • Manage all works from demolitions of existing building, concrete structure, and finishing of mall areas, shops and restaurants in Phase1 (17000m 2). Total contract value R358 million
  • Shops completed with full fit out– Truworths
  • Management of subcontractors, program, quality and labour for Phase 1
  • Handover of areas to tenant for Beneficial Occupation for Phase 1 (Cell C, Typo, Aldos, @Home, Hi, Legit, Side Step, Arthur Kaplin, John Craig, Sonatina, Forever New)
  • Management of final snags and ensuring opening as per agreed date to client of Phase 1
Dainfern Square Shopping Centre

Year: 2013 – 2015
Position: Sub Agent for Murray & Roberts Buildings
Total value: +/- R347 Million


Scope of Work:

  • Management over foreman and their respective teams in the structural work of Zone 1 and 3. Bases, Columns, Surface beds and Slabs
  • Spaces completed with full fit out – Virgin Active
  • Shops completed with partial fitout – Woolworths, PNA
  • Management over respective subcontractors works
  • Handover of areas to tenant for Beneficial Occupation for all shops in Zone E and D (Famous Bands, Pizza Hut, Anat, Exclusive Books, Sothebys, Lush, The Body Shop, Frankie & Delilah, Sorbet, Vida E, IM Optical, The Tea Shop, Base Cut, Dischem, MTN, Rugs Original)
  • Management of all services installation and design coordination of works.
  • Assisting Site Agent and Contracts manger on site with the reporting back to professional team regarding progress and quality.
  • Management of finishes to all of Zone E and F.
  • Management over steel roof structure to works
  • Management over lifts and escalator installation
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Chief Operations Officer

Dirk Kotze

Dirk co-founded Viridicon at the end of 2015. Having owned his own small to medium contracting company specializing in everything from new build developments through to shop fit outs, Dirk brings many years of experience in construction. Dirk heads up the operational side of the businesses which includes resource management, subcontractor management and site management.

 

 

Experience

Highland Residential Estate (Pretoria)

Year:  2007
Position: Site Agent
Total value: R45 Million

Rockeyhaven Security Estate (Pretoria)

Year: 2008
Position: Site Agent
Total value: R45 Million

Scope of works

  •  Interpretation of building plans
  • Dealing with all subcontractors on a daily basis and keeping records of progress and quality.
  • Scaffolding supervision and checking
  • Progress reporting to client
  • Management of Storm water drainage installation
  • Management of electrical installation
  • Management of external work   
  • Management of wet works
  • Management over finishing trades (painting, tiling, carpentry)
  • Budget control management
  • Procurement management
Morgan Est PLC
Croydon Cable tunnel – Construction of tunnel (3m inside diameter) for National Grid

Year: 2008
Position: Shift Engineer
Total Value: R560 Million

Morgan Lovell PLC - High End Fit outs

Year: January  2010
Position: Site Agent
Total value: £ 2 – 6  million

Scope of Work  

  • Procurement Management
  • Issuing of permits to work
  • Perform quality control checks on work of sub-contractors
  • Liaising with client
  • Planning projects and allocating staff to ensure budgeted timelines are met.
  • Ensuring projects stay within budget by negotiating prices with suppliers
  • Preparing site budgets per projects, and performing budgetary control
  • Attend site meetings
  • Project handover to client. (Educating them about their new offices)
  • Delivering a turnkey project for the client. (Concept to occupation)
Ukuethemba Construction

Year: 2010  – 2015
Position: Owner

Scope of Work

  • Home renovations
  • Commercial renovating
  • Budget planning and presentation of project to client
  • Building construction for residential, commercial & industrial
  • Building maintenance
  • Electrical Installation
  • Plumbing Works
  • Tiling
  • Glass and Aluminum
  • Painting
  • Carpentry
  • Waterproofing
  • Steel and Metal works
  • Boundry wall/fence
  • Interior Designer                                                                 
  • Office Partitioning 
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CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER

Hugo Visage

Hugo manages people and expectations, as part of his daily duties. He is always looking for new challenges to keep his mind sharp and improve himself. He possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills and has the ability to develop strong relationships, both internally and externally.

Education

  • BSc. Construction Management, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, 2009
  • Matric, Ermelo High School, South Africa, 2004. 3 distinctions

Professional Affiliations

  • Golden Key International Honour Society – Member
  • SACPCMP and CIOB. Application pending

Career Timeline

  • March 2019 – Current. Viridicon Group, Johannesburg, South Africa. Lead Project Manager
  • October 2016 – November 2018. Capitec, Durban, South Africa. Head of Projects for Central Region
  • July 2013 – October 2016. Mace Management Services, Johannesburg, South Africa. Project Manager
  • February 2010 – June 2013. Hatch Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa. Construction Project Manager

Professional Development

  • Certificate of Attendance, Anglo Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, 2011
  • Certificate of Attendance, Project Management Fundamentals, 2010
  • Certificate of Attendance, FIDIC, 2010
  • Certificate of Attendance, NEC, 2010

Experience

Viridicon Group

Year: 2006
Position: Lead Project Manager, Site Agent
My Duties:

  • Overall responsibility for the timeline, cost and quality for the fitout of 3 floors of a corporate office.
  • Demolition and refurbishment of existing office and meeting room spaces.
  • Design input for the build as well as steering the client wrt buildability and operation following completion.
  • Procurement of all materials as well as stock control.
  • Constant monitoring of costs as well as reporting.

22 upmarket apartments(Sandton area)

Year:  Oct 2016-Nov 2018
Position: Capitec Bank – Head of Projects for Central Region
Projects: Banking sector including new
build, refurbishments and maintaining look and feel of existing branches

Head of projects with overall responsibility for KZN, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Responsible for 10 direct reports (3 Project managers, 1 Costing and Admin Assistant and 6 Maintenance Assistants). Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Overall responsibility for all projects (refurb and new build), as well as maintenance activities in designated areas.
  • Completion of projects within timeline, cost and quality
  • Ensuring look and feel for all branches and offsite ATM’s are up to standard following hand-over to Operations.
  • Management of staff on a day to day basis
  • Ensure adherence to relevant Policies and Procedures
  • Setting up of new Policies and Procedures

During my time at Capitec Bank I was in charge of:

  • 33 new build branches with an average cost of R 2.3m per site.
  • 63 refurbishments of existing branches with an average cost of R 1m per site.
  • 59 new offsite ATM builds with an average cost of R 200k per site.
  • Various maintenance activities to ensure the Look and Feel of each branch is maintained. A total of 271 branches as well as 152 offsite ATM’s
Mace Management Services(Sub-Saharan Africa, Sandton, Johannesburg)

Year: Jun 2014-Oct 2016.
Position: Project Manager,

Provision of project management and facilities management services to Standard Chartered Bank for Sub-Saharan Africa (Angola, Botswana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe). Various projects ranging from branch refurbishment, office fit-out, re-stack projects, churn moves, as well as relocation of staff between buildings. I also participated in various Facilities Management functions as well as Health, Safety and Environmental initiatives.

  • Management of all projects for Standard Chartered Bank Sub-Saharan Africa in an oversight and on-site Project Manager capacity.
  • Manage change to project scope and cost.
  • Manage projects from inception to completion.
  • Ensure compliance to procedures and systems.
  • Setting up and management of budget.
  • Ensure expected quality is achieved at project completion.
  • Coordination of all trades, including IT infrastructure.
  • Provided assistance to Facilities Management department
  • Provided guidance to the Health, Safety and Environmental resources.

List of projects completed during time at Standard Chartered Bank from 2014 till present
5th floor Mail room – Completed 2014

  • Construction of new mail room for Standard Chartered Bank.
  • Main project manager for all functions.
  • Total project value of +- $12,000 USD.

Finance Segregation – Completed 2014

  • Demolition of office and construction of new workstations area.
  • Live environment during all construction activities.
  • Main project manager for all functions.
  • Total project value +- $40,000 USD.

Various smaller projects value between $5,000 and $10,000 USD

Demolition and fit-out of new offsite offices as well as restack and churn within head office – Completed 2014

  • Refit of offsite offices to match company corporate image.
  • Creation of 2 new offices in existing head office.
  • Reshuffle of layout within existing office to include more desks.
  • Moving of existing departments from old location to new as well as churn within existing office.
  • Main project manager for all functions.
  • Total project value +- $385,000 USD of which $130,000 USD was construction related costs.

Demolition and fitout of existing South African head office to better suite current needs – Completed 2015

  • Demolition of offices and restack of current layout.
  • Main project manager for all functions.
  • Total project value +- $15,000 USD.

Borrowdale Bank Branch refit Zimbabwe – Completed 2015

  • Demolition and refit of current branch including priority centre.
  • Oversight of project with periodic site visits. Overall responsibility for cost, time and quality delivery.
  • Total project value +- $500,000 USD.

Africa Unity Square refit Zimbabwe – Completed 2015

  • Refit of owned building to ensure all staff can be accommodated that are currently located offsite.
  • Oversight of project with periodic site visits. Overall responsibility for cost, time and quality delivery.
  • Total project value +- $120,000 USD.
Mace Management Services
Year: Jul 2013-May 2014.
Position: Project Manager – Project Rubicon, Standard Chartered Bank, Sandton, Johannesburg
Provided Project Management services to Standard Chartered Bank for the strip out and fit out of two floors (+- 800m2 per floor). These floors were partly occupied while construction was taking place. The project was planned over 6 phases with construction commencing on the 15th of June and completion of all phases scheduled for the 13th of September 2013. The works comprised the construction of a new patch room, installation of new electrical fittings, new air conditioning layout and reorientation of the existing furniture. Additional rooms were created and employees relocated. Additionally, a vault was constructed on the basement level which pushed the completion date out to the end of May 2014.

  • Managed the entire project on behalf of the client.
  • Managed change to project scope and cost.
  • Ensured compliance to procedures and systems.
  • Lead meetings and produced minutes.
Hatch Africa

Year: Jan 2013 – Jun 2013
Position: Construction Site Superintendent- Hatch Main Office, Woodmead, Johannesburg

Scope of Work  

  • Assisted in Quantitive Risk Assessments for various projects.
  • Produced proposal documentation for new projects.
  • Aided construction director with various small projects.
Hatch Africa(Kolomela Housing Project, Postmasburg)

Year: 2011- 2012
Position: Construction Site Superintendent

Kumba Iron Ore Limited (“Kumba”) established housing for the Kolomela Mine operations staff in Postmasburg. The development was situated in areas within the surrounds of Postmasburg, namely Postdene, Airfield and Boichoko. The development entails the establishment of the complete and services for a total of some 719 future houses in these areas. The initial phase consisted of 421 houses, phase 2 consisted of 298 houses. Roads and services tied into the existing Postmasburg municipal systems, outside the boundaries of the housing development.

Scope of Work  

  • Overall responsibility for completion of 115 houses ranging from 60m2 – 220m2 on the Boichoko site.
  • Ensure compliance to safety, quality, and schedule. Overall responsibility for managing all personnel and construction activities, in compliance with site policies and procedures.
  • Directed, and managed the team on my site, providing mentoring and clear leadership to ensure the construction team worked to prescribed project procedures, standards, and requirements.
  • All construction activities within the Boichoko site were planned, coordinated and prioritized to make best use of the available resources.
  • Conducted jobsite coordination meetings, attended weekly progress meetings with the contractors, and provided guidance, assistance and advice to the contractors on all construction matters
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Project Site Manager

.ason O’Riordan

Currently employed by Viridicon Construction as a Project Site Manager. He manage the finishing of Nkana Mall in Kitwe, Zambia.

Education

  • Highest Gr – Standard 8 – Muizenberg High School
  • Maitland Technical College – N3 Electronics – 70% pass rate
    • MATHEMATICS
    • ENGENEERING SCIENCE
    • DIGITAL ELECTRONICS
    • INDUSTRIAL ELETRONICS
    • INDUSTRIAL DRAWINGS

Certificates Obtained:

  • PSIRA – Private Security Regulatory Authority registration number: 293550
  • Modern Burglar Alarms
    Security Officer – Grade C 6 September 1996
    Certificate Number BRID-9 02/09/96
  • Modern Burglar Alarms
    Grade C – Armed Response 14 September 1996
    Certificate Number – AR-11 09/09/96
  • Special Asset Protection Services
    Knowledge of Fire Act Control 5 February 2009
    Certificate Number – RL/23086
  • Special Asset Protection Services
    Handle and Use a Handgun 5 February 2009
    Certificate Number – 001/3291
  • Special Asset Protection Services
    Handle and Use a Handgun for business Purposes 5 February 2009 Certificate Number – 001/611

Installation Sites:

Electrical

  • Simons Town Naval dock yards installation of new fiber optics – Duration 6 months
  • New IT infrastructure at UCT including CCTV – Duration 8 months
  • Paarl Post new installation of CCTV and IT network – Duration 1 year Glass and Aluminium Construction
  • City of Cape Town, new skylight over foyer, 480 square meters – Duration 2 months.
  • Cape Town Stadium, installation of new lift covers – Duration 3 months.
  • New Pres Les HQ, refurbishment of 8 story building exterior windows and cladding – Duration 6 months
  • Stellenbosch University Botanical Gardens refurbish two green houses with new glass – Duration 6 months.
  • La Clemence, installation of 200 new skylights over 2year period.

Out of Country

  • Zambia

Finishing Nkana Mall Kitwe – Jason took over the project from another contractor, dealing directly with the client, resolving council related issues, managing staff onsite, checking finishes, planning new works, reworking areas to correct mistakes made by the old contractor, dealing with international suppliers.      Duration from 22 May 2018 to current.

 

Building Project

  • Alteration to house in Durbanville – New double garage, new scullery, new pool, new paving, new boundary wall, new multi-
    level patio area with roof, new front entrance, additional structural support to existing building with engineering certificate and converted existing garage to a family room. Duration 4 months

Project Management

  • Building and refurbishment of Cape Union Mart, Old Khaki, Tread + Miller and Poetry stores around the country – 5 months
  • Managed the build of Remos restaurant in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton – 2 months Contract Management
  • Stoneridge Shopping Center – 6 months
  • Madera Shopping Center – 3 months
  • Central Square – residential / commercial high rise – 9 months
  • Kasteel Park – OFFICE Park & HQ SANDF Medical – 6 months
  • Leroy Merlin – up market builder’s supply center – 1 month.
  • Mazda Clearwater – Motor dealership – 1 month.
  • Germiston Solid Waste – Solid Waste Disposal – 2 months
  • Samrand Business Park – Warehouse and office – 2 months
  • Pvt Hse Glenvista – repaint internal and external of house – 6 weeks

Experience

VIRIDICON CONSTRUCTION

Year: MAY 2018 to currently working here

Position: Project Site Manager

Division: ZAMBIA
K.P.A.’S: Dealing directly with the client on all matters related to getting the Project finished.
This Includes

  • Management of contractors
  • Site management – access, health & safety
  • Liaison with European and UAE suppliers
  • Ordering materials needed for the site from outside of Zambia as well as local suppliers
  • Time management of contractors onsite
  • All other aspects up to and including handover.
YELLOW DOT COATINGS

Year:  JUNE 2016 to DECEMBER 2017
Position: CONTRACTS MANAGER
Division: CONTRACT MANAGEMENT
K.P.A.’SWhen assigned a new project I would manage from the site inspection all the way to handover.
This Includes

  • Management of contractors
  • Site management – access, health & safety, parking (big shopping centers)
  • Liaison with clients, architects, builders and other site managers
  • Ordering materials needed for sites
  • Time management where construction restrictions applied
  • All other aspects up to and including handover.
FENSTER ALULMINIUM WINDOWS & DOORS

Year:  OCTOBER 2014 to JUNE 2015
Position: INSTALLATIONS TEAM LEADER
Division: MANUFACTURING AND INSTALLATIONS
K.P.A.’S

  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Service
  • Customer Liaison
CLOUD NINE SKYLIGHT SOLUTIONS

Year: July 2012 to 30th May 2014
Position: SITE SUPERVISOR / SALES REPRESENTATIVE / CUSTOMER LIAISON
Division: SALES
K.P.A.’S

  • Sales and Customer Care
  • Site Supervision
  • Planning
  • Budgets and Costing
  • Liaison with Architects, Builders, Planners, etc.
  • Design and Manufacturing
  • Service and Maintenance
CLOUD 9 SKYLIGHTS & PATIOS SYSTEMS Incorporating FOUR SEASONS

Year: 26th MARCH 2004 to 7th July 2012
Position: SITE SUPERVISOR / SALES REPRESENTATIVE / CUSTOMER LIAISON
Division: SALES
K.P.A.’S

  • Sales and Customer Care
  • Site Supervision
  • Planning
  • Budgets and Costing
  • Liaison with Architects, Builders, Planners, etc.
  • Design and Manufacturing
  • Service and Maintenance
D.E.C.S – DATA & ELECTRICAL CABLING SERVICES

Year: 3rd MARCH 2003 to 12th MARCH 2004
Position: SALES MANAGER (KHANYA SCHOOLS IT PROJECTS)
Division: SALES
K.P.A.’S
Sales and Customer Care

WALTEX CARPETS

Year: 3rd MARCH 2003 to 12th MARCH 2004
Position: MACHINE OPERATOR
Division: CARPET MANUFACTURING
K.P.A.’S
Responsible for the operation of machine, including the packing and outlay of patterns that the company uses, minor maintenance of machine, and quality control of the rugs that I manufacture/produce.

G.E. HUDSON

Year: 1st DECEMBER 1997 to 31st JANUARY 2001
Position: Sales Representative
Division: Technical and Servicing
K.P.A.’S

  • Providing customers with information regarding new machinery, used machinery and up to date innovations regarding the new machinery that has been sold to them or the machine that they have bought from me.
  • Invoicing all goods sold to customers
  • Processing of credit notes
  • All stock control and movement functions of the company
  • Reconciling of customer’s accounts (amortized goods) and more.
CAPE UPS & DATA

Year: 13th MARCH 1995 to 28th NOVEMBER 1997
Position: TEAM LEADER
Division: TECHNICAL SUPPORT & SERVICING
K.P.A.’S

  • Costings and Estimates
  • Invoicing
  • Quoting
  • Estimating duration of work to be performed and material to be used.
  • Reporting directly to department heads and or company directors
RODERICK NISSAN

Year: 17th MARCH 1994 to 17th OCTOBER 1994
Position: SENIOR DRIVER
Division: CAR SALES & MAINTENANCE CENTRE
K.P.A.’S

  • Delivery of cars to customers
  • Processing of car licenses in the required areas.
  • Ensuring that cars where roadworthy or had a RWC.
CHRIS GEALE & ASSOCIATES

Year: 5th FEBRUARY 1990 to 28th FEBRUARY 1994
Position: TEAM LEADER
Division: Installation
K.P.A.’S

  • Installation of copper and fiber optic networks.
  • Giving accurate duration of jobs to be done and/or completion date

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