Case Study

Radisson Red

In 2015, the transformation of Grain Silo No. 6 into the Radisson Red Hotel at V&A Waterfront’s Silo’s District exemplified meticulous planning and collaboration, employing Gyproc and Isover materials to transition from brick to drywall. With a
focus on space maximization and aesthetics, the project achieved larger dimensions and full skimmed walls for critical lighting areas. Various Gyproc Drywalling types provided fire ratings of 60 & 120 minutes, ensuring safety across 250 rooms, while a
twin Stud system enhanced guest comfort with a 63dB rating. Cost savings were realized through reduced structural support needs and accelerated construction, culminating in Africa's first "Radisson Red" hotel featuring 252 rooms, event spaces, and a Rooftop Red entertainment area. Despite challenges, such as basement conditions, the hotel attained a five-star Green Star rating, reflecting V&A Waterfront’s sustainability philosophy. The project's commitment to sustainability and quality earned it a 5 Star Green Rating Certificate, with features like low VOC finishes and efficient resource utilization through natural lighting and facade design.

Project Challenges

Challenge 1 – Finishing the project on time for Zeitz Mocaa opening and handle the
expected increase in visitors.

Challenge 2 – Existing super basement conditions and the structural design for the
Radisson red hotel did not quite align with the existing basement structure.

Challenge 3 – Plaster application posed challenges in achieving desired aesthetics
and durability, thus requiring on-site technician to assist with proper application

Project Solutions

Acoustic comfort- ceiling systems for effectively absorbing sound, ensuring guests enjoy a peaceful experience.

Thermal comfort- drywall systems for regulating indoor temperature and minimise heat transfer.

Lightweight solutions- to comply with tight time schedule and dry build to minimise water use.

Fire safety- to ensure safety of staff and guests to provide secure environment in our premises.

Saint-Gobain Product Solutions

Drywall- RhinoBoard® Moisture Resistant plasterboard, RhinoBoard ®FireStop®
plasterboard. Both plasterboards used for bathroom areas.

Ceilings- Gyptone® BIG Line 6 with Activ’Air ® technology ceiling boards for
acoustic performance fixed to a framework of Gypframe® UltraSTEEL®
51 mm. RhinoBoard ® FireStop ® plasterboard for ceiling in the
restaurant area. Gyproc Rhinoboard ® 9 mm (Fixed to a concealed
ceiling grid Gyprame ® D37/32K.

Insulation- Cavitybatt™/Cavitylite® insulation for drywalls.
Energylite® insulation for ceilings.

Plasters- The drywall system was completed with the luxurious
RhinoLite®CreteStone® skimmed plaster finish, resulting in smooth


“Radisson Red is inspired by the trends and lifestyle of the millennium and is totally tapped into modern, high-octane and high-tech travellers.”
-President and CEO of hotel group Carlson Rezidor, Wolfgang Neumann.