Renico Construction was established in 1998 when Nico Louw, at that time a partner in a successful West Rand Estate Agency, realised that the demand for housing in the area, particularly for the first time homeowner, was growing rapidly. Over the years, the company has grown from strength to strength, having successfully completed over 200 projects, ranging from single residential units to large industrial and commercial complexes. It has now achieved an annual turnover in excess of R700 million.

In the residential market, the company has targeted the first-time homeowner and the investor looking for a value-for-money investment, and numerous complexes have been completed. These have either been sold under sectional title or retained as investment properties. Units in our investment portfolio become available for lease from time to time. The company is continuing to build for this category of buyer while at the same time entering into the affordable housing market - a marked contribution towards alleviating the severe shortage of housing for the lower income earner.

Successfully completed over 200 projects, ranging from single residential units to large industrial and commercial complexes

Recognising that there was a need to diversify, and with new industrial townships being proclaimed on the West Rand, the company ventured into commercial and industrial developments in 2000. Large-scale Industrial Parks and Office Blocks have been completed and sold to businesses and institutions. The company has also undertaken projects for specific clients, which were tailored to their exacting requirements. Those retained as investment properties have been leased or are currently available for lease.

Each project is managed by our team of highly experienced personnel, incorporating the services of various professionals in the architectural, engineering, quantity surveying and other related fields, with whom we have established an excellent working relationship. Many of our sub contractors have now worked with us for a good number of years and have proved their reliability and dedication to quality workmanship.

The company's link to Renico Plant Hire, Renico Quarrying & Crushing and Janho is invaluable; we are able to maintain full control over all aspects of demolition, earthworks, construction and the recycling of waste building material. With Janho also producing aggregates, cement products and bricks, virtually all the frustrations in obtaining supplies have been eliminated.

We continually keep abreast with new developments in all fields of the construction industry, a factor that has resulted in considerable savings to our clients in both material costs and time - read more of this in our Media Coverage.

Our leased property portfolio is handled by Renico Property Holdings. We believe that good upkeep is essential and our Property Maintenance Manager, with his reliable team, attends to any problems that may arise, ensuring that our properties are kept in good order at all times. The gardens of these properties are likewise developed and maintained by the Landscaping and Garden Maintenance team.

Top management believes in an open door policy and our Managing Director is personally involved with each project. Such a "hands on" approach ensures that good relations are maintained between our clients and the company at all times.

Nico Louw - Managing Director

Nico Louw’s entrepreneurial spirit became evident at the very young age of 16 when he discovered the Alienation of Land Act and by the age of 19 he had already acquired three properties by this means, which have served him well over the years.

After matriculating in 1989, a short spell at University was terminated when he decided that the property business was where he really wanted to be. Starting at the bottom, sitting in show houses for agents while studying for his Board exams, it was not long before he had his own Estate Agency, which eventually employed over 120 Agents. Taking in a partner to manage the day-to-day business of the company allowed Nico to concentrate on the development and marketing of new residential projects. Frustrated by the poor project management of many developers, Nico started Renico Construction in 1998. He eventually sold his share of the estate agency to his partner at the end of 2003.

With earthmoving equipment a continual need in the building industry, Nico acquired an old TLB in 1998, and when this was not in use on his own construction sites, he rented it out to local builders and contractors. It wasn’t long before Nico realised that there was a need for a more extensive range of equipment and Renico Plant Hire was established. Today it is one of the leading plant hire companies in the North West area of the Witwatersrand.

Environmental issues and recycling have become important issues within the global community, and with this fact foremost in his mind, Nico went on to establish Renico Quarrying and Crushing in 2007. This has proved to be of great benefit to the Renico Group, not only enabling building waste products to be recycled, but also opening up further opportunities in the field of quarrying.

Nico is passionate about the industry, the Renico "family" of dedicated staff (which has grown considerably with the development of the group) and the environment. He remains the “hands on” driving force behind the companies, instilling that same passion in those who work with him.

Environmental Issues

We are acutely aware that development leaves behind it a large carbon footprint. We adhere strictly to all regulations relating to environmental issues, as set out by the Local Council and the Department of Environmental Affairs. An environmental consultant is appointed on each site to assist with any issues that may arise.

The company successfully undertook the challenging development of The Gables Office Park. The Weltevreden Farmhouse, dating back to 1861, along with the original wagon and coach house, were situated on the property and this necessitated a Heritage Impact Assessment. The original buildings were tastefully restored, and they now serve as office space. Every effort was made to ensure that the architecture of the new buildings complimented the National Monuments, and to retain the beautiful old trees in the surrounding gardens.

And we don't stop there! Our head office is situated on a 5.70 hectare property, close to up-market residential areas. The property also accommodates the workshop area for our associate company, Renico Plant Hire. Being acutely aware that such facilities could be an eyesore, we have tastefully walled and gated the premises. We have also developed the pavement area and the island at the intersection one passes in approaching the premises and maintain the same on a regular basis. A landscaped garden, planted mainly with indigenous flora, greets visitors to our offices. Thankfully, our contribution to our local environment has not gone un-noticed, and we were pleasantly surprised to receive Fleetwatch Magazine's "Green Star" mark of recognition in their March 2011 edition.

Health & Safety

Our key strategic objective is the achievement of "zero harm". Site Foremen and management ensure that safety is not compromised in any circumstances by taking responsibility for employee safety, leading by example, encouraging positive safety behaviour and discouraging negative behaviour. Site Foremen apply a policy of zero tolerance to non-compliance with safety standards. The company undergoes regular Safety Audits.Cases of occupational and non occupational disease are referred to external facilities. No pre-employment testing for HIV is undertaken and all HIV testing and counselling is undertaken voluntarily. Employees who are HIV positive are encouraged to participate in the wellness programmes available through various local clinics.