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3/2018 – Planting your retaining wall to survive a drought

While the most critical contributor to the success of any segmental retaining wall (SRW) will always remain detailed planning and competent workmanship, planting will transform a functional structure into an eco-friendly environment that can create a dazzling display of colour, scent and texture. Add to that the possibility of drought and water restrictions, it is obvious that planting a retaining wall should not be taken lightly. Continue reading

2/2018 – Applying natural solutions to urban problems

Terracrete eco-surfaces help drain and filter water at Langrug informal settlement, Franschhoek

In an interview with Future Cape Town in June 2016, Shannon Royden Turner, director at Actuality states: “We’re stuck in a paradigm of not even realising we’re part of nature”. And she is right. Continue reading

1/2018 – Best of 2017

Welcome to 2018 and hoping that all of you had a peaceful festive season! Looking back on the past twelve months, we are very happy with the quality and scope of projects completed. Some amazing work by our recommended contractors and Terraforce licensees, without you this would not be possible. Continue reading

13/2017 – Green pedestal for UCT science building with Terrafix

For years the University of Cape Town (UCT) rebuffed the suggestion the use of any concrete type product for their garden walls, stairways or retaining structures, instead insisting on the use of natural stone in keeping with the style and character of the campus. Continue reading

12/2017 – No more noise – CRB Noise barriers

Karin Johns, Freelance Journalist, investigates the effectiveness of pre-cast interlocking concrete block retaining walls in reducing highway traffic noise, as well as the urgency to reduce noise pollution – unwanted human-created sound that disrupts the environment – in South Africa. Continue reading

11/2017 – Today’s projects should consider tomorrow

Is it just functional, or good to look at too?

Sustainable development or building practices should surely be on the mind of any architect, engineer and developer about to tackle a new project. Continue reading

10/2017 – Welcome to our new Terraforce family in Canada and Algeria!

Terraforce operates on five continents (find your closest supplier) through a growing number of licensees. They have recognized and chosen Terraforce as an earth retaining system that offers design choices, unequaled by others. In return for a modest royalty they have access to substantial marketing and design information.

An ongoing programme of development and performance tests will ensure access to new evaluation reports, case studies and innovative design software at all times.

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9/2017 – Step by Step rock face wall

Step by step TERRAFORCE retaining wall:

Terraforce retaining wall in picturesque Cornwall, on a plot in the town of Rock, a holiday resort across the Camel Estuary from the fishing port of Padstow. Installed by Ross Campbell, Ross Campbell Contractors, the 4000-block wall is built with starter bar to the top of the vertical section, with concrete infill, a double block layer and no fines concrete infill for extra reinforcing. Continue reading

8/2017 – Terraforce extends UK footprint

Seven years ago, Peter Craven, Terraforce UK, and his business partner Rebecca Lentz, recognized the potential for Terraforce to become a sought-after landscaping and erosion control product for the commercial and residential construction industry in England, Wales, and Scotland. This extends the Terraforce footprint in the UK even further.

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7/2017 – Designing better with Terraforce

When considering retaining wall options, it pays off to consider the many Terraforce wall design choices available. Cutting corners at this stage will lead to a disappointing result.

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6/2017 – Terracrete Permeable pavers at Saldanha IDZ

Permeable storm water channels

The days of slapping concrete and asphalt down to construct walkway, driveway or storm water channels may be numbered. Commercial properties, public spaces, and residential developments have upped the standard on what they require from a paved surface.

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5/2017 – Getting “Green” with Terraforce

May this year, Elgin Rust, our in-house media producer, travelled to Dubai to visit Consent, Terraforce’s licensee in the United Arab Emirates. Consent is proud to be part of the Terraforce community since 2005 and have since been involved in numerous prestigious projects in the UAE and GCC countries. Most notably Consent supplied over a million blocks to Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, to help Nakheel, one of the world’s leading property developers, create sustainable beach front gardens along each palm frond. Continue reading

4/2017 – Getting a good grip with CRB walls At Puma

In 2015, JSE-listed Equities Property, signed a R155-million contract to develop 2.3 ha of its 5.4 ha land in Contermanskloof, Cape Town, to house a new A-Grade distribution centre and head office for apparel brand Puma Sports Distributors. Read more on the CRB Walls integration on this project.

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3/2017 – School seating with the 4×4 Step block system

Attractive and affordable school seating with Terraforce

When it comes to sitting down, we all want to do so comfortably. Unfortunately, public or community seating solutions are often expensive and time consuming to install, leaving such spaces underdeveloped due to lacking funds. Contact us for more information on the 4×4 Step Blocks.

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2/2017 – Terracrete now widely accepted in the market

Terracrete, manufactured locally and internationally by Terraforce licensees, is a versatile eco-surface hard lawn block that is widely accepted and was introduced to the South African market by Terraforce in 2002. Contact us for more information on the Terracrete Blocks. Continue reading

1/2017 – IRDP housing gets facelift with CRB blocks

Retaining walls are often used to create more usable, durable areas for building homes and roads on land that would otherwise be inaccessible. They also lend themselves well as a cost-effective and versatile method for creating building platforms, access steps and road support for low cost housing, or as in this case, relocating informal settlers to new IRDP houses made with CRB blocks. Continue reading

12/2016 – another successful year – It’s a wrap!

Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful festive season!

Terraforce has had another successful year of steady growth and in some areas very strong growth. Shout out to Klapmuts Concrete, Western Cape, who has sold record amounts of blocks this year! We want to sincerely thank all our licensees and contractors for their hard work and dedication to our brand, which is one of quality, innovation, and integrity. And of course, to all our clients, we hope to see you next year too.

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11/2016 – Innovation with Terracrete in Australia

Terracrete for slope erosion control

The small town of Esperance is situated near the southern tip of Western Australia and Terraforce products (Terracrete hard lawn pavers and L11 and Terralite blocks) are selling well in the area, via the local Bunnings, the largest building warehouse chain in Australia. Continue reading

10/2016 – Terraforce walls free up space for Military Parade Grounds

Earlier this year, construction started on new military parade grounds in Manzini, initiated by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Swaziland Government. As Terraforce walls construction proceeded on an ablution block at the foot of the grounds, it became necessary to retain the cut slopes between the building and existing access road above. Continue reading

9/2016 – Green and functional hard landscaping

Three concrete retaining block walls have been built at the Silverstar Casino entertainment complex in Krugersdorp using CMA member, Terraforce’s L11 blocks. The landscaping blocks were supplied by Terraforce licensee and CMA member, ReMaCon Products cc, and the walls were designed by ReMaCon CEO, Silvio Ferarris. Continue reading