In the past year, the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit has undergone a dramatic transformation, with extensive refurbishments and upgrades to the facility. Kyalami is now the only current racing facility on the African continent that has been certified as a grade 2 – racetrack, conforming to stringent international safety and quality standards.
Along with the racetrack came the refurbishment of the pit complex. The pit building has been completely revamped and is now an international convention centre, including world class facilities for all year-round conferencing, exhibitions, trade shows, product launches, private functions and activities.
Maxiflex Door Systems was the chosen supplier for the doors all along the pit lane, as well as the glazed doors for the new Launch Area, which is a private VIP area situated in the pits and has been specially adapted to accommodate dynamic vehicle launches with direct access to the pit lane and the track.
Crawford sectional doors were chosen for the pits, which is a huge upgrade from the old roller shutter doors that were used in the old building. The Crawford sectional doors create an impressive visual impact with the doors being an aluminium grey colour to match the rest of the building. The doors are reliable and easy to operate, and in case of power failure there is a manual override, which is counterbalanced with a standard step-handle and pull-down cord for ease of operation.
The windows are an aluminium framed section with 4mm safety glass. These windows allow more natural light into the building when it is required for the doors to be closed. The Crawford glazed sectional doors that were used for the Launch Area where chosen for their clear visibility. Even if the doors are closed visitors will be able to see what is happening inside or outside during an event.
As the track at the pit lane runs at a gradient, with a difference of 1,2m from one side of the building to the other, the Maxiflex installers had to create a customized solution with on-site modifications so that visually all doors appear to be the same height.
Crawford sectional doors are designed and manufactured to European standards of quality and safety and are aesthetically pleasing, safe to operate and built to last. The 42mm thick insulated panels are solid and sturdy ensuring a well-insulated and reliable door which is a necessity when the doors will be operated during busy events in an area where there will be a lot of movement by people and vehicles.
Maxiflex Door Systems has supplied top-quality industrial doors in Southern Africa for 25 years. Their professional team of friendly advisors and trained technicians ensure an efficient process from first enquiry through to and beyond final installation.