Category Archives: – Installation Guidelines

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4/2019 – Effective space saving with CRB blocks

Developers and Architects are often faced with the challenge of restricted or even no space at steep or small building sites. This is when retaining walls with the smallest possible footprint on plan must be designed to make it all possible. (more…)

6/2018 – Shondoni Mine conveyor box cut retaining walls

Retaining walls have been used extensively in the mining industry in applications such as retaining structures at the interface between the coal bunkers and conveyor belts to retain differences in ground levels. (more…)

9/2017 – Step by Step rock face wall

Step by step TERRAFORCE rock face retaining wall:

Terraforce rock face 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. (more…)

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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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. (more…)

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! (more…)

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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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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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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10/2014 – 35 years of going green, going clean!

Terraforce turned 35 this year, and we wish to thank you, our clients and of course our licensees for joining us on this journey of building remarkable (some big, some small) retaining walls. The future looks very encouraging and we are excited to continue to grow our product presence in Africa and abroad. (more…)

8/2013 – No space for a slope?

Developers and Architects are often faced with the challenge of restricted or even no space at steep or small building sites. This is when retaining walls with the smallest possible footprint on plan have to be designed to make it all possible.

Various design and construction methods exist to achieve this objective:

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7/2013 – Retaining walls in small spaces

No Space? No problem!

In dense residential areas, space for any landscaping and gardening is limited and a challenge for any developer who nevertheless wants to create a “green” ambiance to the environment. A sloping piece of land with different levels can make a visually interesting garden, but creating workable spaces and access routes can be problematic. (more…)

3/2013 – Outdoor entertainment: retaining wall with function

Retaining wall with varied form and function

Don’t let the steep slope in your backyard get in the way of your landscaping dreams. A concrete retaining wall with function can bring character and function to any landscape. If you’re looking to change the feel of your backyard and create more entertainment space, a retaining wall may be the answer.

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2/2013 – Local retaining wall system takes on “impossible” job

Heavy duty retaining at its best

Cape Recommended Terraforce Local retaining wall system installer, Decorton Retaining Systems, recently found themselves in the position of being the only contractor willing to undertake the installation of a particularly complicated and steep (9m high) retaining wall. Update once the project is completed will follow.

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14/2012 – Basic guide: installing a Terraforce wall

Step by step photographic illustration

NB: When building composite walls of any significant height, it is important to consult an experienced engineer. The law is very strict, with the NHBRC requirement stating that a wall can be built to a height of 1.2m without consulting an engineer, but as a general rule 1.5m for walls no steeper than 70º is also possible.

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9/2012 – Introducing the Décor Wall Block

Backyard extension and refurbishing: new concrete block

A new concrete retaining block was tested for the first time on this site located on the R44 to Klapmuts, next to the N1 in the Western Cape. The site was earmarked by the owner as a restaurant and conference centre as he recognised a growing need for corporate business venues situated outside the CBD.

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7/2012 – How to go about terracing a steep slope

Flawlessly terracing a steep slope

Brief installation guidelines: When building composite walls of any significant height, it is of crucial importance to consult with an experienced engineer. The law is very strict on these matters, with the NHBRC requirement stating that one can build a wall to a height of 1.2m without consulting an engineer, but as a general rule 1.5m for walls no steeper than 70º is also possible. Any steeper and especially load carrying walls must be designed by a qualified engineer, even if only 1.2m high. (more…)

12/2012 – Wastewater facility gets facelift

Cut slope retaining at Wastewater Treatment Works

Installer: Decorton Retaining System

In 2009, The City of Cape Town initiated a project to rehabilitate three anaerobic digesters by constructing a regional sludge handling facility at the Cape Flats Wastewater Treatment Works. A segmental block retaining wall system was considered most suitable for this project, as insitu material consists of fine sand.

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