ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE

KFD Wilkinson is a long-established firm of civil- and structural engineers based in Cape Town, South Africa. The practice is of medium size, large enough to handle major projects yet sufficiently compact to maintain a high degree of involvement from a senior level.  A Director is assigned as the senior member of each of our projects. Our policy is to employ well-qualified professional staff of high calibre in order to maintain the quality of engineering we deliver. We are committed to building endearing relationships with our clients and our employees and strive for excellence, stability, trust and boldness in all that we do.

From long experience the directors of KFD Wilkinson (Pty) Ltd appreciate the value of the traditional approach to civil engineering and the use of established materials and methods of construction. Concurrent with that appreciation is a concern for the requirements of the project as a whole, its sustainability and social impact and not just the engineering function. We thus seeks to tailor our practice of engineering to promote these broader requirements. Successful implementation of this philosophy is attained through the imaginative application of the vast range of engineering skills available within our practice.

All the important designs produced by us contain an element of originality and innovation, never for the sake of originality alone but solely to promote the project requirements or for the purpose of speed or economy in construction.

OUR DIRECTORS

Garth Blassoples

Pr Eng, BSc (Eng), MSc (Eng), MSAICE.

Brian Richardson

Pr Eng, BSc (Eng), MSc (Eng), FSAICE.

Cecil Petersen

Pr Techni (Eng), NTC 5 Tech Dip.

John Prince

Pr Tech (Eng), BTech (Eng), AMSAICE.

Michael Deacon

Pr Eng, BSc (Eng), MSc (Eng), MSAICE.

Dewald Koen

B Eng (Civil).

TESTIMONIALS

  • ... I have worked with KFD Wilkinson Consulting Engineers on a variety of public health facility projects executed on behalf of the Western Cape Government over a number of years. Two recent projects where the company has again demonstrated its ability to deliver cost-effect civil and structural design solutions and professional engineering services according to programme are the completed Karl Bremer Hospital New Emergency Centre and the new Observatory Forensic Pathology Laboratory currently at tender stage. I have no hesitation in recommending KFD Wilkinson Consulting Engineers for building and engineering projects within their areas of expertise.

    Winton B Gibbs, BS Pr Eng Chief Directorate: Health Infrastructure, Western Cape Government (Transport and Public Works)
  • KFD Wilkinson Consulting Engineers has been active at Cape Town International Airport for a number of years and have always delivered excellent quality projects. Their quality of staff is always good, accompanied by well-planned client management interfaces. Their structural and Civil solutions are well received and implemented to budget, program and promised quality.

    Bertram Stoffels Senior Manager: Programme Management, Cape Town International Airport
  • ... they impressed with their consistent thoroughness and attention to detail when discharging their responsibilities during the construction phase giving us unqualified confidence in the structural integrity of our buildings and their long term viability. We recommend their services with complete confidence and cannot overstate what a professional pleasure it has been working with them.

    Russell Baker Managing Director, Prime Projects

AWARDS

We are honoured to have received much recognition for our work during the past two decades. As we continue to strive for excellence the satisfaction of our customers remains our greatest reward.

2010

Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, Overall Winner: Cape Town Stadium (structural joint venture).

2010

Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, Joint Category Winner: Cape Town International Airport.

2010

Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town International Airport: Best Airport Consultant – Maintenance & Engineering.

2004

The SA Institute of Steel Construction Award: for our work on the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

1995

The Fulton Award (Building Structures): Office building for PPC at Montague Gardens, Cape Town.

1989

Fulton Award (Building Structures): Office Building for SA Trade Mission. Maputo, Mozambique.

1989

SAICE Regional Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering: Office building with residential village, Mozambique.

1987 & 1988

Corobrik Awards for Excellence in Paving (Non Residential): UCT Jamieson Plaza and Cross Campus Road respectively.

1987

Fulton Award (Building Structures): New Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town. Received Adjudicator’s Commendation.

1983

The Fulton Award (Building Structures): CPA office building, 9 Dorp Street, Cape Town, Western Cape.

1981

Construction in SA/SAACE Design Award: Double-concentric silo for PPC in Cape Town (Special Commendation).

1980

Fulton Award for Excellence in the Use of Concrete (Civil Engineering): Preheater Tower for PPC at De Hoek, Cape.

OUR HISTORY

The company was founded in 1956 by Ken Wilkinson. Before starting the private practice on his own, he had 15 years experience in bridges, including a unique long-span, reinforced Bailey bridge across the Po in Italy as well as roads, earth dams and structures in South Africa.

During his 24 years as principal of the firm Ken Wilkinson contributed actively to the solution and successful conclusion of all major and most of the minor projects. During his retirement he was still involved as a consultant in his main fields which are the design of heavy industrial structures, silos and foundations. He passed away in 2015 at the high age of 99 years.

The practice has brought to fruition some of the most important projects in the Western Cape and continues to produce innovative, efficient designs.