When architects Boogertman and Partners designed the new 18-storey Bowman Gilfillan building in Bree Street, Cape Town, it wanted to incorporate as many local products as possible. A one-stop solution for all the brass and sanitaryware was also a priority. With Cobra easily meeting both these criteria, it was the natural choice as the preferred supplier.
Bowman Gilfillan is one of Africa’s premier corporate law firms, employing more than 550 staff, of which 310 are specialised lawyers. It has offices in Johannesburg, Antananarivo, Dar es Salaam, Gaborone, Kampala, Nairobi and Cape Town, with the latter being a completely new development constructed to the tune of R135 million.
Approximately R800 000 was utilised for Cobra brass and sanitaryware, which predominantly included Taryn single lever basin and bath/shower mixers and Cobratron pillar taps.
With their minimalistic lines and style, the Taryn mixers are particularly well suited to contemporary settings. They feature 35mm temperature and flow control cartridges, anti-lime aerators and quality compression type head parts. Both mixers used offer superior functioning in terms of water saving and energy efficiency.
The Cobratron pillar taps take these savings to the next level with their highly accurate sensors that ensure water is only delivered when activated. Not only does this reduce water wastage, but also ensures hygienic operations. These taps also offer clients increased flexibility, as the sensors can be pre-set to intuitively deliver just enough water for specific functions.
In addition to these mixers, a host of other Cobra products were used, including wall-hung basins; various traps and valves; wall-hung toilets, dual flush actuators, cistern frames and urinals; shower roses, arms and aerator inserts; and transformer boxes for the pillar taps.
“In addition to Cobra being 100% South African and offering a full turnkey solution, it also offered the expert product advice we were looking for,” says Marthinus Potgieter, architect at Boogertman and Partners. “It was also important to our client that spares for the products installed would be readily available for years to come. Cobra met all these criteria.”
Robert van Coller, Cobra Technical Sales, says given Cobra’s comprehensive product range, it was easy to tap into the architectural vision. “We understood exactly what Marthinus wanted to achieve in the bathrooms and helped bring that vision to life through the Cobra products recommended,” he says.
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