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Safe & Joyous Festive Season

Posted on: December 14th, 2021 by Parsons & Lumsden No Comments

Wishing everyone a safe and joyous festive season. 🎄🎅🎉

Please note that our offices will be closed from the 17th December 2021, and will reopen on the 10th January 2022.



Chatsworth Centre | Air Conditioning Replacement

Posted on: April 30th, 2021 by Parsons & Lumsden No Comments
Chatsworth Centre

The new rooftop air conditioning units have begun being placed and installed at Chatsworth Centre.

This is a part of the phased approached to replacing the existing water cooled air conditioning units in the centre with new and modern air cooled units. This project ensures the longevity and efficiency of the air conditioning to the centre, while decreasing the water consumption and the amount of maintenance required. 

The centre has more than twenty rooftop units which supply both mall circulation and tenants.


Happy Holidays

Posted on: December 15th, 2020 by Parsons & Lumsden No Comments
Happy Holidays

After an extraordinary year, dealing with Covid-19 and a worldwide pandemic, we begin to bring 2020 to a close along with its all the challenges and "the new normal". We look forward to the new year and what it may bring. Thank you to all our staff, clients, suppliers and friends for their support throughout this year.  

Happy holidays from everyone at Parsons & Lumsden, we wish you a safe and successful new year in 2021! ????

Our office will be closed from the 18th December 2020 to 11th January 2021.


CJ Distribution

Posted on: October 23rd, 2020 by Parsons & Lumsden No Comments

CJ Distribution Centre, New Germany

Dis-Chem Pharmacies

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning



Custom Fit | Milkwood Office Park

Posted on: July 17th, 2020 by Parsons & Lumsden No Comments
Custom Fit

Parsons & Lumsden is proud to have been featured in the April-June edition of the EarthWorks magazine for our involvement in Milkwood Office Park

"It’s an enviably visible position: high up on the crest of La Lucia Ridge, edged by Umhlanga Rocks Drive and Douglas Saunders Drive to the north, and with an attractive conservation zone to the south-west.

Here sits a gleaming complex of glass facades and pale concrete: the Milkwood office park, developed by owner United African Marine Insurance Limited and now the KwaZulu-Natal home base of several prominent corporate entities. The offices form part of the Umhlanga Ridge development, a node comprising retail, commercial and residential areas."

Click here to read the full article from EarthWorks Magazine.


Images courtesy of EarthWorks magazine 


Parsons & Lumsden COVID-19 Response

Posted on: May 11th, 2020 by Parsons & Lumsden No Comments

COVID-19 Response

The unprecedented pandemic of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, has affected the lives of many people around the world. Businesses have either closed indefinitely or adapted to new methods of operating while social distancing has become the new "normal".

Parsons & Lumsden are classified as an essential professional service, and although we have been working remotely since the start of the lockdown we have re-opened our offices at the end of April to continue working as best we can. Taking hygiene practices very seriously and adhering to all social distancing regulations set by the South African government. Sanitizing and hand wash stations have also been set up along with the availability of PPE to ensure our staff are safe while they continue to work.

We have, for a long time, been a part of the health care sector - providing our expertise in mechanical building services. Many health care departments around the world have been under great pressure during this time and while we cannot provide medical assistance, we have made ourselves available in every aspect regarding the development of COVID-19 facilities.

We wish all our clients, family, friends and the public a healthy and safe time!


Chatsworth Centre

Posted on: March 10th, 2020 by Parsons & Lumsden No Comments

Chatsworth Centre
Air Conditioning Unit Replacement

Chatsworth Centre
The HUB & Dis-Chem


Boogertman + Partners Architects

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning


Hillcrest High School Multi-Purpose Indoor Facility

Posted on: November 22nd, 2019 by Parsons & Lumsden No Comments

Hillcrest High School Multi-Purpose Indoor Facility

Hillcrest High School

VP Designs


Fire Protection



Richard Gibson: Passionate About Engineering

Posted on: August 13th, 2019 by Parsons & Lumsden No Comments

The July 2019 edition of the RACA Journal featured Richard Gibson, Parsons & Lumsden's mechanical engineer. The personality profile, written by Mari Macnamara, follows.



Richard Gibson of Parsons and Lumsden Consulting Engineers in KwaZulu-Natal.

Richard Gibson: Passionate About Engineering

“I want to continue to learn and develop as much as possible. It’s important to avoid stagnating and to continuously challenge myself.” 

Richard Gibson is currently the senior mechanical technologist at Parsons and Lumsden Consulting Engineers in KwaZulu-Natal. He is responsible for a number of projects, entailing everything from concept to completion. Gibson’s main focus is on mechanical building services which includes mostly HVAC, wet services, medical gas, refrigeration, and certain fire protection systems.

Getting started

“I have always been mechanically minded and interested in how and what makes things work,” explains Gibson. After school he obtained a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering through the Durban University of Technology. 
Thereafter, he started working for a multi-disciplinary engineering firm in Newcastle, where he gained a great deal of experience in many diverse projects. While in Newcastle, he completed a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering. He is also registered as a Professional Engineering Technologist with the Engineering Council of SA (ECSA).
Gibson relocated to Durban in 2011, where he continued to work for large consulting engineering companies and was involved in many interesting and challenging projects. He joined the Parsons and Lumsden team in 2015 and has been actively involved in the business ever since.

For the love of the job

“Mechanical engineering is a challenging yet exciting industry to be in, as no two projects are the same,” Gibson explains. “This allows you to use your experience and creativity.” 
He believes there is always room for growth and knowledge. “Learning from others is important, but from my experience, you learn the most when you are thrown into the deep end and you have to personally figure it out.”
“I thoroughly enjoy what I do,” he says. “I appreciate the diversity that my day-to-day work brings.” According to him, the most satisfying part of this profession is completing a project and seeing all the individual components and equipment operating as they were designed to do. “It’s also rewarding discovering alternative, more effective designs to improve systems.”


“I am fortunate that I am passionate about what I do,” Gibson says. “It’s important for younger generations to engage in a career that they are passionate about to ensure they keep motivated.”
Aiding clients in their decision making, to ensure that their vision becomes a reality, and seeing projects succeed through team work also motivates him. As does his family. “I have a great family; my wife and two young boys motivate and inspire me to continually improve myself.”

Project things

Gibson has worked on many projects, including the Dubai Eye while with WSP. This was a very challenging project with tight deadlines and strict design codes. More recently, he has been involved in hospital projects, a laboratory in Saudi Arabia, as well as numerous thermal ice storage projects.

Future plans

Gibson would like to be a part of growing the Parsons and Lumsden business. “I believe that the economy has been very slow for a few years, but we as a business are well-equipped to benefit when the economy starts to improve, which is hopefully soon.”


Progressive HVAC solution for Cornubia Filling Station

Posted on: April 10th, 2019 by Parsons & Lumsden No Comments
Progressive HVAC solution for Cornubia filling station

Parsons & Lumsden is proud to have been featured in the April edition of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Africa (RACA) Journal for our involvement in the Cornubia Filling Station

"The new multi-use Shell filling station in Cornubia has raised the bar for projects of this kind, opting for a very efficient chilled-water ice storage HVAC system.

The Cornubia site is adjacent to Umhlanga, north of Durban, and is a mixed-use development comprising residential, commercial, and industrial sites. The area was previously earmarked for development and, since 2011, has seen exponential growth.

One of the recent additions to this precinct is the Cornubia filling station, which is operated by United African Group. This development started its design journey in May 2017 and the building was completed in November 2018."

The full article can be read here