Next year Block & Chisel will enjoy its 30th birthday and this family-grown business continues to grow from strength to strength. They started as a collection of small boutique stores and now have their Cape Town flagship store, a Johannesburg store and their long-standing original Wynberg Village store. The family business understands the importance of investing in both this country and its people and can offer employment and skills development opportunities. They have invested in their staff and helped develop their skills from mere apprentice to becoming real craftsmen. The team were a big consideration in the factory build and they wanted to create a comfortable work space for them that now includes a new canteen, spacious changing rooms and shower facilities, which has sparked a shift in their overall mood and enthusiasm. Energy efficiency and green consciousness is also important to them, so they insulated and lowered the factory roof height to control temperature allowing for more natural light by having a third of the roof area covered with sky lights. They also put in sound insulation and built an internal wall to contain the volume of noisy machinery. Low voltage lighting has been used throughout and solar geysers supply hot water. The furniture drying room is heated by re-ducting the warm exhaust air generated by our compressor. Their wooden shavings are sent to horse stables and once used is returned to the factory to be used as compost for a staff vegetable garden. Contact: Block and Chisel
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