HISTORY

Venn + Milford Incorporated is a multi-disciplinary Project Services Company with roots established deep in the bedrock of South African urban and industrial development. Founded by quantity surveyors Oliver Venn and Rex Milford in 1947, our company today boasts a significant spread of project interests in Southern Africa.

From the very start, as a quantity surveying practice, Venn +  Milford Incorporated made an important and historical contribution to the development of several early metropolitan landmarks, such as the Standard Bank building (1960’s) and the Carlton Centre (1970’s) in the Johannesburg CBD.

Venn + Milford Incorporated has a long-standing commitment to South Africa, its people and its burgeoning economy. Having provided assistance on major mining projects in the past, and continuing to do so, we believe that we have the potential to help positively shape the future of the country through prudent, sustainable developments and projects.

Our vision is to be the recognised leader providing quality quantity surveying, procurement and project controls services. We aim to achieve this by partnering with our clients to provide value throughout the lifecycle of their projects by means of financial, commercial and project controls services.

1960’s The Standard Bank Building, Johannesburg CBD
The Standard Bank building is unique in Johannesburg, in that it was built from the top down. After the central core was built, the floors were suspended from three cantilevered arms, with the top floors added first, followed by each lower floor. The building is organised into three hanging volumes of nine office floors each, with air conditioning plants housed between the sections.

Venn + Milford Incorporated were the Quantity Surveyors for this building.

Photograph courtesy of www.joburg.org.za.

1970’s The Carlton Centre, Johannesburg CBD
Venn + Milford Incorporated were a major member of the Quantity Surveying consortium for the Carlton Centre. It has 50 floors, and is 223m tall. The pilings of the foundation of the two buildings in the complex are 3.5m in diameter and extend 20m down to the bedrock, 30m below street level.

The building houses both offices, shops, and has over 46 percent of the floor area below ground level.

Excavations for the Carlton were started in January 1967, and took two years to complete. Although occupation of the Centre began in 1971, it was not until 1974 that most of the construction was completed – at a cost of over R88 million.

Photograph courtesy of Rodney Jones, Randburg, South Africa

1980’s Holiday Inn Marine Parade, Durban
Venn + Milford Incorporated provided costings and conducted the feasibility study for the introduction of the Holiday Inns into Southern Africa. Venn + Milford Incorporated provided full Quantity Surveying services and assisted in the Project Management of most of the Holiday Inns built between 1969 and 1985. One of the most striking is the Marine Parade in Durban.

Photograph courtesy of Far and Wild Safaris cc

1990’s The Protea Hotel Wanderers, Illovo
Venn +  Milford Incorporated provided full Quantity Surveying Services and Financial Management for the development of the Protea Hotel Wanderers. Conveniently situated for sporting even ts at the Wanderers club, it is also close to some of the finest shopping and dining locations of Sandton, Rosebank and Melrose Arch Precinct.

Photograph courtesy of Protea Hotel Wanderers.

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