Murray & Roberts Buildings has been awarded the R200m contract to construct the new Skukuza Safari Lodge for the South African National Parks Board (SANParks).

Rui Santos, managing director of the company which is now part of the Southern Palace Group, says the company is thrilled to have secured this prestigious project which is being built within the existing Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park (KNP).

Santos says the 128 bedroom three star double storey hotel, which maintains the KNP typical architectural theme, is designed in a figure eight configuration with bedroom wings on either side of a centre double volume area.

The scope of work includes a thatched public facility with lounge, restaurant, kitchen and rest rooms. It will offer a four star service to wildlife conference attendees using the adjacent SANParks conference facilities. The bedrooms look inwards to inner courtyards on each wing with a pool and landscaped areas. Construction also includes single quarters for hotel and visiting staff.

The project site was handed over on February 21, 2017 and completion is scheduled for June 2018.