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The Mayfair – Century City

The Bird Deterrent Specialists team was recently tasked with the bird proofing of a brand new upmarket apartment complex, known as Mayfair, in the popular suburb of Century City.

Mayfair, designed by architect Tim Hughes, developed by Rabie Property Group and constructed by Big Ben Construction, boasts an impressive 136 luxury apartments within this 3 storey complex.

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Wire Trip stainless steel wire deterrent installed to roof parapets

These 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments range in size from 50 m² to 92 m² (excluding balconies), with prices starting at R1.05m and reaching up to an impressive R2.09m. What is even more remarkable, is the fact that phase 1 of this R220m development was sold out, off plan, within hours, with phase 2 following suit just a few days later.

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Brown epoxy coated Repel-A-Bird stainless steel spike installed to top of pillars along upper level walkway

Although Mayfair had not yet been completely infiltrated by pest birds, there was evidence of some bird activity along the upper level walkways and balconies, with droppings visible in these areas. As a result, some of the tenants had made an attempt to deter birds from their balconies, by installing their own bird proofing solutions, primarily that of polycarbonate bird spike.

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Wire Trip stainless steel wire deterrent installed to top of I-beams along upper level walkway

Working closely with Robynne Penzhorn of Property Exponents, Bird Deterrent Specialists was tasked with ridding these affected areas of any possible pest bird infestation and contamination.

When applying bird proofing solutions, one is significantly reducing the risk of exposure of tenants and visitors to diseases such as Histoplasmosis and Salmonella. This is of particular significance when it comes to those with immune systems that are compromised as a consequence of conditions such as carcinoma or H.I.V.

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White epoxy coated Repel-A-Bird stainless steel spike installed to top of drainpipe along upper level walkway

Another primary advantage is that, with an effective bird proofing solution in place, the risk of damage to the building’s paintwork, finishes and structure will be greatly reduced. This, in turn, will lead to a saving on maintenance costs.

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Brown epoxy coated Repel-A-Bird stainless steel spike installed to top of pillars of upper level balconies

After a comprehensive analysis of the areas identified as an initial concern, it was recommended that a combination of our Wire Trip Stainless Steel Wire Deterrent and Repel-A-Bird Stainless Steel Spike be installed, in order to protect these affected areas of the Mayfair complex from pest bird infestation and contamination.

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Wire Trip stainless steel wire deterrent installed to top of I-beams along upper level walkway

The Wire Trip Stainless Steel Wire Deterrent was installed to protect the top of the I-beams and exposed Trusses over the upper level walkway, as well as the top of the I-beams on the balconies. The presence of Wire Trip in these areas will prevent pest birds from perching on the top of the I-beams and exposed Trusses, which in turn will eliminate the possibility of bird droppings contaminating the walkways and balconies below.

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Wire Trip stainless steel wire deterrent installed to top of I-beams along upper level walkway

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Wire Trip stainless steel wire deterrent installed to top of trusses along upper level walkway

The upper level walkway also comprised of emergency and warning signage, as well as a sprinkler system which included a number of exposed pipes above the walkway. Wire Trip Stainless Steel Wire Deterrent was, therefore, also installed to the signage and exposed pipes, in order to eliminate any possible opportunity for pest birds to perch on these surfaces.

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Wire Trip stainless steel wire deterrent installed to top of signage along upper level walkway

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Wire Trip stainless steel wire deterrent installed to top of sprinkler system pipes along upper level walkway

Wire Trip Stainless Steel Wire Deterrent was also installed to the parapet over the main entrance to the complex, which will prevent pest birds from perching and roosting on the parapet, and defacing the entrance with their droppings.

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Wire Trip stainless steel wire deterrent installed to parapet over entrance

We applied brown epoxy coated Repel-A-Bird Stainless Steel Spikes to the tops of the brick pillars along the upper level walkways and balconies, and white epoxy coated Repel-A-Bird Spikes to the exposed drainpipes present on both the upper level walkways and balconies.

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Brown epoxy coated Repel-A-Bird stainless steel spike installed to top of pillars of upper level balconies

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White epoxy coated Repel-A-Bird stainless steel spike installed to top of drainpipe along upper level walkway

The exposed surfaces on these pillars and drainpipes, might have presented an opportunity for pest birds to build their nests during breeding season, which brings with it the likelihood of the presence of bird mites. However, with the application of Repel-A-Bird Stainless Steel Spikes to these areas, there will no longer be an opportunity for the birds to nest here.

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Team at work, installing brown epoxy coated Repel-A-Bird stainless steel spike to top of pillars of upper level balconies

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Brown epoxy coated Repel-A-Bird stainless steel spike installed to top of pillars along upper level walkway

The bird proofing project undertaken at the Mayfair building was successfully completed on the 10th October 2016, leaving the above-mentioned areas adequately protected against any potential threat of pest bird infestation and contamination.

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Team at work on upper level balcony

We would like to extend our thanks to Robynne Penzhorn of Property Exponents for her invaluable assistance in making this bird proofing installation a success.

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From left: Ross Rivalland (BDS), Robynne Penzhorn (Property Exponents), Glynn Rossouw (BDS)

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From left: Ross Rivalland (BDS), Glynn Rossouw (BDS)

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If you’d like to make use of our expert services in deterring pest bird activity from your building, please don’t hesitate to give Bird Deterrent Specialists a call on +27 21 797 7788 / [email protected]