Vanderbilt Construction

Devmark and The Swieg Group join forces in Vanderbilt Construction


Vanderbilt Construction aims to fill gap in upmarket residential market

Devmark Property Group, which has successfully established its name as an industry leader over the past 27 years, has joined forces with the Swieg Group of Companies to establish Vanderbilt Construction, which has already completed construction to the value of R130 million.

Says Hein Ehlers, founder and Group CEO of the Devmark Property Group and director of Vanderbilt:

“Vanderbilt Construction was founded on the principle of creating quality upmarket residential properties without compromise, and is establishing itself as the leader in this field. By bringing together Devmark and Swieg’s considerable combined experience in the industry, Vanderbilt is perfectly positioned to excel in this niche market. With the right balance of experience, we like to pride ourselves on innovation, performance and trust.”

With construction projects such as Fairhaven in Somerset West, Heerenzicht Estate in Durbanville and Amali Estate in Eversdal under their belt, the company will also now offer The Oaks at Pearl Valley and Val de Vie Estates. Says Jan-Hendrik Swiegers, director of Vanderbilt Construction and also founder of the Swieg Group of Companies:

“We recently started construction of The Oaks, a plot and plan development in conjunction with Val de Vie, the top award-winning residential estate in Africa. A retirement village is soon to be launched on the estate, which Vanderbilt will also be constructing. Our forecast for Vanderbilt Construction is in the region of R1 billion in the next three to five years.”

Vanderbilt Construction’s expertise are not limited to the Western Cape, one of their first projects was Caversham in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The project consisted of thirteen luxury aparments.

Swiegers adds that the Swieg Group provides a number of services rooted in extensive experience of various sectors of the property development industry, offering a complete range of property development services for the high-end, residential sector. Residential property development is the group’s primary focus area, with recent developments including the Eversdal Close Estate and the Petit Provence Estate in Durbanville.

Ehlers concludes:

“We’re an exceptional combination of expertise, energy and experience in Vanderbilt Construction. Together we’ll set the industry standard in the construction of luxury residential houses and developments.”

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Hein Ehlers – Director
Jan-Hendrik Swiegers – Director
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Notes to the editor:

Directors: Vanderbilt Construction

Hein Ehlers is the founder of Devmark Property Group. He holds numerous degrees – a B.Soc.Sc, Bus. Admin.Hon and an MBA. During 1998 he was given an award by the Institute of Marketing Management, in recognition of his contribution to the property industry in the Western Cape.

Francois le Roux completed a B.Comm Accounting degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2001. Thereafter he completed three years of articles at an auditing firm. He joined the Devmark Property Group during 2005 as Financial Manager and during 2007 he was appointed as Financial Director. He completed his MBA in 2009.

Erik Steyl qualified as a Charted Accountant with Shoprite & Checkers, after which he went into business focusing on systems and procedures within the manufacturing and later construction industries. Erik was originally appointed as general manager of Devmark Construction and has subsequently been promoted to the position of director for Devmark Construction.

Jan-Hendrik Swiegers established the Swieg Group after he completed a Project Management Course at the Stellenbosch Business School. Drawing on his vast experience in the construction and development industry, Swiegers founded the group on the principle of combining the key competencies required to deliver high-quality properties to satisfied customers.

Rudolf van Graan, an experienced legal advisor with expert knowledge of construction dispute resolution, the drafting of construction and professional services contracts and the procurement and tender documents. Rudolf is a B.Comm (Law) and LLB graduate (Stellenbosch University) and advises a wide variety of clients as well as participating as a party representative in construction industry dispute resolution proceedings including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation.