The Company - G.D. Irons Construction (Pty) Ltd

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Company history / background

The company was founded in 1981 by the CEO Geoff Irons.

G.D. Irons Construction (Pty) Ltd is a specialist building Construction Company serving the Commercial and Industrial market's need for quality construction services.

Over the past 37 years the company have built a strong reputation for world-class building construction, deadline-driven completion of projects and pro-active involvement in the planning and management of contracts.

As a member of the Master Builders Association North and Western Cape, the company has a staff complement of over 300 personnel, with additional manpower and sub-contractors sought as per project requirements.

The company's revenue is derived from a 30/70 percentage split between negotiated and tender-based business respectively. They are well-placed to compete in the first tier construction market through a proven track record, decades of experience and expertise, as well as an efficient and dedicated workforce.

Services / Market / Capabilities

G.D. Irons Construction (Pty) Ltd is principally involved in all the aspects of building construction.

Such as:


Student Accommodation

High Spec Gyms

Hospital & Clinics



Motor Dealerships


Parking Garages

Shopping Centres

Training Centres /Conference Facilities / Cinemas

Warehouses / Factories

Product and service developments / innovation / research

All the employees strive continuously to be innovative in the construction industry by using more efficient products.

Position within industry

The company is placed in the medium to large construction market, with a well balanced infra-structure to compete, and complete contracts, from as small as R20.00 million up to contracts in excess of R400 million / R1.5 Billion.

How is the market changing, how is the company adapting?

The company has a very low overhead structure, with all members of management and staff actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the company.

This assists the company to adapt with the cyclical changes of the construction industry.

Future developments / growth / investments / acquisitions

The company is growing steadily and is involved with a number of new developments.

The company has recently expanded and opened a branch in the Western Cape.

What distinguishes company's work from that of competitors?

At G.D. Irons Construction (Pty) Ltd, we believe that good business ethics and goodwill in conducting business are behind our three-decades of success. We believe in fair negotiation and deploying skilled and experienced employees on all projects undertaken, backed by the expertise of our senior management. Although we are exposed to the risk element of the Construction Industry, G.D. Irons Construction (Pty) Ltd has a conservative approach to its financial controls and exposure. This has culminated in our sustainability and enabled us to contain the strain brought about by the global economic recession. Our directors are not only involved in the strategic direction of the business, but also in the day-to-day operations and management. By so doing, we are able to ensure efficient and on-time delivery of our promises to clients, while transferring skills and knowledge to our workforce.

The People

Organizational structure

G.D. Irons Construction (Pty) Ltd has a very low overhead structure, with all members of management and staff actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the company.

The directors are Geoff Irons, Phila Jordan, Pieter Rude, Theo Switala, Abel Botha, Ron Pretorius, Barry Strydom, Grant Wood and Nomama Jordan.

The Company is headed by the Joint CEO's - Geoff Irons and Phila Jordan who manage the overall activities and strategy of the company.

The position of Managing Director is held by Pieter Rude who actively oversees the management of the construction based contracts, as well as the day to day management of the company.

The Quantity Surveying function is headed by the Commercial Director, Theo Switala, who attends to all quantity surveying functions i.e. tendering, sub-contract administration, certificates and final account responsibilities with the support of Ron Pretorius.

The Construction division is headed by Abel Botha, Barry Strydom and Grant Wood.

Key individuals / departments

The Construction and Operational functions are undertaken by Abel Botha, Barry Strydom and Grant Wood. As Directors with their Contract Managers, they are responsible for programming, quality, progress and the overall management of the construction sites, and liaise with all the professional teams and co-ordinate all construction activities on site.

They are supported by Construction Manager Piet Visser and Contract Managers: Henk Diederiks, Rudolph Strydom, Dirk Brown, Richard Weaver and Bertus Lombard who manage the larger individual contracts or a series of smaller contracts.

The company has full-time Contract Managers who are placed on specific contracts. The construction teams are further made up of a number of Site Agents, General Foreman and other Specialized Foreman each of whom are responsible for their own contract or part of a contract, with the support of the management team listed above.

The office staff comprises of a small team of people who handle the general office administration, buying, receptionist work, wages and all financial and accounting functions.

The company has built up a reputation of quality building, timeous completion of projects and a pro-active participation in planning and contract management.

Workers skills / training / development

80 Salaried staff, 40 Artisans, 120 Operators/ semi-skilled tradesman, 300 Labourers, Additional labour & subcontractors are employed as and when required, University and Technicon students are also employed as a service to the construction teams and as part of our training responsibility.

Areas of excellence / awards / accreditations

Safety is a critical issue for G.D. Irons Construction (Pty) Ltd. The health and safety of our employees, sub-contractors and project managers is a high priority. We have a strategic relationship with Occupational Health and Safety companies who monitor, measure and audit our construction sites for health and occupational hazards. This enables us to ensure a safe working environment and pro-actively prevent incidents and injuries during projects. We also arrange for attendance and participation in safety workshops and seminars on a regular-basis for all levels of management.


First Place, R50 – R120 Million for SANRAL Head Office, Gauteng Master Builders Association 2010 Regional Health and Safety Competition

Second Place, above R500 Million for THE VILLA MALL, Gauteng Master Builders Association 2010 Regional Health and Safety Competition.

Third Place, R200 – R500 Million for RIVERWALK, Gauteng Master Builders Association 2011 Regional Health and Safety Competition.

Second Place, R150 – R300 Million for NEDBANK LAKEVIEW, Master Builders Association 2013 Regional Health and Safety Competition.

Second Place, PLANT & STORAGE YARD, Master Builders Association 2012 Regional Health and Safety Competition.

Third Place, R25 – R75 Million for NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION, Master Builders Association 2015 Regional Health and Safety Competition

Second Place, R150 – R300 Million for DUNCAN COURT, Master Builders Association 2015 Regional Health and Safety Competition

Third Place, PLANT & STORAGE YARD, Master Builders Association 2015 Regional Health and Safety Competition

First Place, VALLEY VIEW SHOPPING CENTRE, Master Builders Association 2016 Regional Health and Safety Competition

Third Place, VALLEY VIEW SHOPPING CENTRE, Master Builders Association 2016 National Health and Safety Competition

5 Star Grading Certificate of Merit Award, VALLEY VIEW SHOPPING CENTRE, Master Builders Association 2016

G.D. Irons Construction (Pty) Ltd supports the codes set out in the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act. We endeavour to empower Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (HDI) through the transfer of skills, empowerment and their appointment to senior management roles within the company. Our BEE philosophy and policy extends to our suppliers and sub-contractors who promote upliftment and empowerment of HDIs and the community in general. We take the development of youth seriously and employ University and Technikon students in line with our mentorship programme to train upcoming talent. We currently have a B-BBEE verification Certificate confirming our Broad-Based BEE status level as a LEVEL FOUR contributor.

G.D. Irons Construction (Pty) Ltd prides itself in the management of world-class projects. Having undertaken the construction of dynamic buildings with superior quality and workmanship, our work has been recognised by the industry.


“Shopping Centre of the Year” for the Village Shopping Centre in 2007

“Shopping Centre of the Year” for the Irene Village Mall in 2008.

Winning position in the SAPOA office development category for SANRAL'S new 4 Star Green Star design AAA-grade corporate head office in Pretoria.

2013 Fulton Awards, Winner Building Structure, SANRAL Head Office

2013 Fulton Awards, Commendation Architectural Concrete, SANRAL Head Office

2017 Light-Weight- Building Solutions, Winner, Summit Place, Menlyn, Pretoria

Our experience spans over broad spectrums including the building of shopping centres, office blocks, municipal offices, motor dealerships, hospitals and laboratories, apartments, hotels, training centres, conference facilities, cinemas, warehouses & factories.

Our milestones include Projects:


Brooklyn Stone Apartments

Duncan Court – Student Accommodation

Hatfield Square – Student Accommodation

Houghton Apartments

Knight Bridge Apartments


Platinum Planet Fitness Gym & Track, Sandown Isle

Virgin Active

Valley View Planet Fitness, Krugersdorp

Planet Fitness – Summit Place, Pretoria


Intercare, Parkview Shopping Centre

Intercare, Wonderboom Junction


Protea Fire & Ice Hotel – Summit Place, Pretoria

Radisson Blu Hotel, Sandton

Sandown Isle


Hartbeeshoek Satellite Tracking Station

The upgrading and conversion of Laboratories at CSIR


Aston Martin Motor Dealership, Sandton

BMW Motor Dealership, Sandton

McCarthy Toyota Menlyn Motor Dealership

Mercedes & Jeep Grand Central Motors, Midrand

Mercedes Lifestyle Centre, Menlyn

Pretoria East Motor Dealership

Sandown Isle

Summit Place, Block G1, Jaguar & Land Rover Dealership


Advocate Chambers New Office, Pretoria

Auditor General New Offices, Pretoria

Deloitte & Touche New Head Office, Pretoria

Grintek Electronics New Offices

Grovernor Corner Office Block

Hallmark Building upgrade & renovations, Pretoria

Hertford Offices Block A, Midrand

Hertford Offices Block B & C, Midrand

Hillcrest Phase III

Investec Offices, Pretoria

IRS Building at the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

KPMG New Head Office, Pretoria

MacRoberts Attorneys New Office

Maxwell Office Block – Phase III, Waterfall Park

Menlyn Woods Office Park

National Research Foundation, Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria

Nedbank Lakeview Office Park

New Municipal Offices & Civic Centre, Bronkhorstspruit

New Parks Dept & Club House

Ozmik Offices

Rand Merchant Bank's New Office Park, Menlyn, Pretoria

Riverwalk Offices

SANRAL Head Offices

Summit Place Office Park

The Point Offices

Trevenna Offices

USAID Office Block

National Research Foundation – Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria

Summit Place Office Block, Block D, Pretoria

Summit Place Office Block, Block E, Pretoria

Route 21 Office Park – Phase II Route 21 Corporate Park, Sovereign Drive, Irene, Pretoria


Duncan Court

Rennie House Parkade, Johannesburg

Sandown Isle

Summit Place

The Villa Mall


Atterbury Value Mart Shopping Centre

Brooklyn Square Shopping Centre

BT Ngebs City – Regional Shopping Centre, Mthatha

Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, Pretoria

Elim/ Hubyeni Shopping Centre, Makhado

Greenstone Woolworths Extension

Irene Mall

Kempton Park Checkers

Kolonnade Woolworths Extension

Newlands Phase II

Parkview Shopping Centre

Platinum Square Shopping Centre, Rustenburg

Secunda Mall Shopping Centre

The Villa Mall

The Village Shopping Centre, Moreletta Park

Valley View Shopping Centre, Krugersdorp

Village Mall, Hartebeespoort

Wonderboom Junction, Pretoria


Brooklyn Mall, Cinema, Pretoria

National Research Foundation, Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria

Riversand Incubation Hub & Training Facilities, Diepsloot

Sandown Isle

Secunda Mall Shopping Centre, Cinemas

National Research Foundation – Auditorium Fit Out


21 Wrench Road, Isando

Ace Packaging, Randburg

Bophuthatswana Development Corporation, Factories & Workshops, Babelegi

SAFAIR New Parts Store, Bonaero Park

Sakabuka Warehouse

Scientia Techno Park CSIR, Pretoria

Route 21 Office Park – Phase II Route 21 Corporate Park, Sovereign Drive, Irene, Pretoria


32 Greene Street, New Residential Development

AMKA, Sunderland Ridge Audi Centurion, Gauteng

Birkenhead Shopping Centre – Cape Town

Hatfield Square – Phase 2, Student Apartments, Pretoria

Steyn City – City Centre One, High Rise Apartments

Tshwane Regional Mall, Mamelodi

Mission / Vision


To deliver holistic world-class industrial and commercial buildings and construction solutions to the private and public sector, locally and across border work in Southern Africa.


To become a recognized and reputable first tier building and construction company with a significant market share in the construction industry.