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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

8/2016 – Sustainability with Concrete

Few people realise that concrete is the most used man-made material in the world, with three tons used annually for each man, woman and child. Twice as much concrete is used around the world than the total of all other building materials, including wood, steel, plastic and aluminium. Sustainability has a important role in all of this. Continue reading

7/2016 – Getting creative with permeable pavers

Every now and then, Terraforce earth retaining and permeable paving products are used for an unusual purpose, like this Terracrete creative wall designed by artist Dirk Bahmann in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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6/2016 – Mixing it up with block colours

In order to build a new addition to the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre, Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada, that included the Cariboo Autism Centre in 2014, an old retaining wall needed to be torn down, moved back and replaced. The new wall colours created the maximum space required for the extra building “foot print” on the property. Continue reading

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