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5/2016 – Landscaping an up market retirement village, Windhoek

Auas Hills Retirement Village, situated in Auasblick, is a sought after Retirement Village in Windhoek. It provides a tranquil setting and caters for all the needs of the more senior citizens, providing facilities like a well equipped restaurant where you can enjoy nice meals, an onsite laundry, a day care centre, pharmacy, physiotherapist, biokineticist and a high care centre. Continue reading

4/2016 – Licensee highlight: Poort Beton, Northern Cape

Strauss Groep (Strauss Group) is a multidisciplinary construction group with a labour force of approximately 450 employees. Over the past 48 years this one-man enterprise has  grown into a group of companies (IT5 Siviel, Poort Beton and Strauss Meganies). They are currently directed and managed by the second generation. Continue reading

3/2016 – Highest Terraforce retaining wall in South Africa

In 2007, BRW Projects completed the then-highest Terraforce CRB (Concrete Retaining Block) wall in South Africa at Brettenwood Estate, Salt Rock, KwaZulu-Natal.

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2/2016 – A place to gather with Terraforce, Doha

Revived in the last decade as the social heart of Doha, Qatar, Souq Waqif, a historic shopping hub, is a must-see highlight of the city. There has been a souq on this site for centuries; the Bedu would bring their sheep, goats and wool here to trade, and the entire market area has been skillfully redeveloped to look like a 19th-century souq, with mud-rendered shops, exposed timber beams and some beautifully restored original Qatari buildings. Continue reading

1/2016 – Memory terrace with Terraforce blocks

Opposite the Service Dining Rooms, on the land which slopes from Fruit and Veg City in Canterbury Street, a “Memory Terrace” built of hollow bricks, filled with compost, soil and beautiful flowers commemorates the lives of street people who have passed on. Continue reading

12/2015 – Satisfied customers in Perth, Australia

Nothing makes us happier than feedback from satisfied customers, especially when we receive photos and installation descriptions with it. Recently two Terraforce block users contacted us with images of their retaining wall projects, and the results are remarkable! Continue reading

11/2015 – Growing in size with Terraforce

When an independant Swazi egg producer experienced rapid business growth, he found himself in need of additional chicken sheds and consequently, a cost-effective retaining wall solution.

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10/2015 – Greening hospital grounds with permeable pavers

Since June this year, residents of Strand and Somerset West will have access to wide selection of health services, following the opening of a new private hospital in the region. The R400m, 100-bed Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital in Strand is the first of four hospitals to open in the country. Continue reading

9/2015 – Saving space in a tight spot

Building on a steep slope is always tricky, but even more so if you have to consider other property boundaries and where space is very limited. The greatest drawback is that if you want usable flat areas, much of the garden space may be taken up by banks and steep slopes that link them together. Continue reading

8/2015 – Carving out space for play in India

Terraforce retaining walls at the private residence of Liberty Group, a well established company importing and manufacturing edible oils and fats. More recently the group has expanded into marine foods, animal feed, eco-friendly green energy systems like wind power generation, infra-structure development and exports of high quality agricultural products. Continue reading

7/2015 – Pitch and viewing perfect!

The term amphitheatre is derived from the Greek language, meaning roughly: viewing from two sides. Open air theatres have been in use for over two thousand years, mostly in ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, with some of them able to seat up to 60 000 spectators.

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6/2015 – Doubling-up for stronger retaining walls

When retaining walls are planned in confined spaces, for example when a retaining wall has to be built close to an excavated earth face or between buildings and a road, the design needs to be adapted by doubling-up and combining the following installation approaches: Continue reading

5/2015 – Gorgeous green walls at Diemersfontein

Early in 2013, Dassenberg Retaining Systems was appointed to install plant supportive retaining walls, hard lawn pavers and conventional paving stones at the new Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate near Wellington in the Western Cape. André Look, Architect and Etienne de Villiers, Project Manager were both in favour of using Terraforce products for this prominent development. Continue reading

4/2015 – Paving the way to rural broadcasting

The construction paving of Cofimvaba Access Road was done in preparation of the proposed Sentech Broadcasting mast situated on Magwala Hill (Helmet Hill), in Nonqoboqobana Village, Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape Province.

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3/2015 – Unique Terraforce green wall design

Green wall innovation at a new children’s hospital in Dubai. Combining construction with the healing process:

The Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, an initiative of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, is not only dedicated entirely to children but also designed by combining innovative aspects of design and construction with the healing process in mind. Continue reading

2/2015 – Recycling cut-off glass in concrete blocks

Reusable elements in concrete design, a vital component of sustainability

In a recent article in Concrete Beton, Bryan Perrie, MD of the Concrete Institute, pointed out that more attention should be paid to re-use and recycling of building materials at the design stage to more actively promote sustainability in the construction industry.

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1/2015 – Doing it the wet cast way

August 2014, Tim Moorcroft, who operates a wet-cast concrete business, Moorcrofts, in Clarens, Free State, made enquiries to become a Terraforce licensee with the view to produce Terracrete hard-lawn pavers with durable mould boxes made of U.V. stabilised LLDPE (polyethylene). Moorcroft felt the blocks and their method of manufacture would fit in perfectly with his existing business model.  And so it did, as he soon found out.

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14/2014 – A safe transition into the New Year 2015!

To end this year, we would like to wish our customers, and especially our licensees and installers, a peaceful festive season and a safe transition into the New Year 2015!. It has been a productive and successful year for most of us, with very exciting growth on both the local, and international front. Another highlight has been the fantastic interest shown for our design service, Terrasafe, with more and more professionals making use of the specialist input of our trusted and experienced engineer.

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13/2014 – Ecosurfaces lead the way in Australia

The days of slapping concrete and asphalt down to construct a paved parking lot, driveway or storm water channel are numbered, time for a change – ecosurfaces. Commercial properties, public spaces, and residential developments are demanding a higher standard on what is required from a paved surface. Continue reading

12/2014 – Turkish retaining wall delights

In 2009, Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s sprawling residence in Sirte, Libya, Bab al-Aziziya, was turned into an amusement park as decreed by tourism minister Ikram Basha Imam earlier that year.

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