About Us

Cape Reed International started more than 21 years ago when the first business entity, Innovative Thatchers was founded in the early nineties. It has since become a world leader in the design, construction and installation of exclusive tailor made timber and thatch structures, with regional offices in Dubai, U.A.E. (Middle East), Cape Town, South Africa (Africa) and Marbella, Spain (Europe) , while the following venues host satellite offices : Valletta (Malta), Amman (Jordan), Doha (Qatar) and Aix-en-Provence (France).

The company’s primary roofing material is a unique thatching material that only grows on the Southern tip of the African continent and very strict farming practices are being adhered to in order to ensure its sustainability.

To be the world’s leading company in creating a desired lifestyle.

The cape reed plant grows for an average of six years before it is harvested, and provides one of the most durable natural fibers on earth, making it ideal for thatching. Cape Reed thatching structures have a life expectancy of anything from 20 to 50 years. It allows trapped water and heat to escape, making it waterproof and UV-proof, and its insulating properties mean it can be as much as 10°C cooler in summer, and warmer in winter if compared with a conventional roof, making it ideal for the local climates in which the company conducts its constructions.

Cape Reed International has also developed a unique fire retardant construction method, by weaving a fire retardant cloth into the thatch. This material is able to withstand temperatures of up to 500°C, something that can still be improved for commercial projects. In the case of commercial projects, the fire rating can further be enhanced by the application of an international approved chemical (Cape Reed FireShield) that is sprayed both internally and externally.

Together with durable timber harvested from sustainable forests where 165,000 new trees are planted annually, Cape Reed creates stunning gazebos, pergolas, majlis’ and chiringuitos, as well as roofs and interiors, complemented by additional extras such as light fittings and furniture handcrafted in South Africa.

We design, supply and construct high-quality eco-friendly structures with natural sustainable materials.

Cape Reed has introduced rustic chic to properties around the globe, including villas on The Palm and Emirates Hills in Dubai and commercial projects like Royal Island Beach Club on Lebanon Island, The World, and Sofitel Hotel and Resort on the Palm Jumeirah to beautiful villas and chiringuitos from Marbella to Sotogrande and commercial projects such as Shanti Som Wellbeing Resort and Spa and the Sea Grill restaurant at the world renown Puente Romano Hotel and Resort.

The company’s work has won numerous awards including the Arch of Europe in the Gold Category for quality and technology, and Gold Awards at the Dubai Swimming Pool and Traders Association.

Cape Reed believes in benefiting society as well as the environment, which is why it has set up a training academy for specialised craftsmen in South Africa, and is also involved in various outreach projects.

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