In 1992, Jack Frost Cape Town Pty Ltd. (now trading as Frost International), embarked on a journey that opened the way for the company to become the leader in Entrance & Security Solutions in sub Saharan Africa, partnering with ROYAL BOON EDAM, to become the official distributor of the ROYAL BOON EDAM Revolving Door range throughout Southern Africa.
They set the mark when they installed the very 1st, large diameter automatic revolving door in South Africa, at the Old Mutual Head Office in Pinelands. (Known as MUTUAL ’89)
The scope of work involved the re-design of the main entrance to this insurance giant’s head office. Battered by the strong Cape Town south easterly summer winds, a decision was taken to install a Boon Edam Tritour revolving door (No longer available). The diameter decided on was 3600mm with 3 collapsible door leaves.
The Architect on this project was Glen Loudon, then with KMH Architects, and with the combined efforts of KMH and Jack Frost, the desired outcome was achieved for Old Mutual.
Glen recalls how it came to be: “……on a study tour to Europe researching precedent for Mutual 89 during the design phase of the project we were exposed to large diameter revolving doors for the first time in Germany and Holland.
It was immediately clear that this was the optimum solution for the new entrance to Mutualpark, exposed as it was, to the extreme south-east winds in summer.
Philip (Philip Howes-OM Property Director at the time), I think, had the foresight to record the name of the door manufacturer, Boon Edam.
Jack Frost was involved in the early stages of the design, bringing specialised expertise in acoustic ceilings to the project and, although I do not recall the circumstances of Jack becoming aware of our preference for a large diameter revolving door, he quietly flew off to Holland and came back with the licence to market Boon Edam in South Africa.
The main entrance revolving door at Mutualpark manufactured and installed by Boon Edam (a team was flown out to do the first installation) under the contract awarded to Jack Frost was the largest revolving door in Southern Africa at the time and possibly in the southern hemisphere
The rest, as they say, is the history of Frost International.”
Although some additions and modifications have been made to the door, after 23 years this revolving door is still operating as if it were installed yesterday. Saving energy and making life comfortable for the inhabitants- all day, every day!
Frost International are proud to have been part of this illustrious project and have gone on to supply numerous doors for Old Mutual at their properties throughout South Africa.