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11/2020 – Levelling the way for Shoprite Checkers

Levelling the way for Shoprite Checkers

Concrete block retaining walls are often used to stabilise the slopes built during the construction of level platforms for new commercial or residential developments, such as for the new Shoprite Checkers on Drakenstein Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa. This site is nestled on gently sloping land between the Berg River to the west and the Drakenstein mountain range to the east, requiring slope stabilising measures. (more…)

10/2020 – How to create a green eco-surface with Terracrete blocks

Why Terracrete?

Terracrete hard lawn blocks hold many benefits for landscape designers. From an aesthetic point of view, they are very versatile – a grass driveway, a rustic gravel driveway or an attractive pattern of pavers can provide the finishing touch to a residence or development that is looking to stand out. In addition, permeable grass pavers can add a parklike or pastoral feel to many areas that normally require hard paving, while providing effective storm water management and permeability at the same time.

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9/2020 – Sloping property? No problem with Terraforce!

Dealing with a property on a slope AND keeping it attractive!

Don’t let the steep slope in your backyard get in the way of your landscaping dreams. Conquer a problem slope by installing a concrete-block retaining wall — you’ll add space, structure, and value to your property. (more…)

8/2020 – Maxiwall Pro upgrade

We are happy to announce that Maxiwall Pro now includes important upgrades to ensure our users continue to optimize their workflow and remain in compliance with the most recent Design Standards. (more…)

7/2020 – Striking garden walls in Western Australia with Terraforce!

Don’t let the slope in your backyard get in the way of your landscaping dreams. A concrete retaining wall with function can bring appeal to any garden. If you’re looking to change the character of your backyard and create more entertainment space at the same time, a retaining wall may be your answer! (more…)

6/2020 – Harbour Bay Shopping Precinct reaches new heights with Terraforce walls

Property development often requires cut and fill slopes, that consequently need to be stabilised to prevent erosion by the elements. In this case, a new lifestyle and shopping complex in Simons Town was built into a hill in the Dido Valley, leaving several steep and exposed cut slopes in need of stabilisation. (more…)

5/2020 – Taking a school sports field to new heights

In June 2019, St Cyprian’s school in Oranjezicht, Cape Town, ZA, received the great news that they had the go ahead to upgrade the Upper Orange field into an international standard hockey field. (more…)

4/2020 – Paving the way with permeable rural roads

In a bid to create surfaces that are more permeable and allow for a more natural absorption of water and pollutants, permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) are becoming increasingly popular.

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3/2020 – Superb hardscape with Terraforce at Dubai Hills Estate

Dubai Hills Estate is a unique blend of elegantly planned neighbourhoods crafted around a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course, by Emaar Properties and Meraas Holding. Located next to the Al Barsha South community and the two major road networks of Dubai – Al Khail Road and Mohammed Bin Zayed Road – the estate is easily accessible and located in the centre of the city.

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2/2020 – From faulty to fabulous with Terraforce!

When the owner of a home on the slopes of Table Mountain in South Africa noticed her existing retaining wall was dangerously leaning over with partial collapses in places, she turned to her trusted builder Zane Samuels, Zane Samuels Construction, for help. (more…)

1/2020 – Terracrete ® permeable pavers for a greener Mossel Bay

Terracrete, manufactured locally and internationally by Terraforce licensed manufacturers, is a multipurpose and cost-effective eco-surface paving block system, which is exactly what attracted the Mossel Bay Municipality to this proudly South African product for their plans to formalise open stormwater channels and create vehicle strip roads with a suitable grass block. (more…)

11/2019 – Retaining the Garden Route, skilfully

It is always a pleasure to visit our Terraforce families locally and overseas, and this October we made our way up to the Garden Route to say hello to Mobicast, a longstanding and successful licensed Terraforce manufacturer in Mossel Bay, Southern Cape, South Africa. (more…)

10/2019 – A Retrospective: Herolds Bay Sea Wall

Herolds Bay is a small, quaint seaside village in the southern Cape Province. It is known for its sheltered location and idyllic beach, that occasionally comes under attack by the sea in winter. During these months, the homes built closely to the beach need protecting from the waves reaching all the way up their front doors and causing flooding and damage. (more…)

9/2019 – Affordable seating for Green ICT school, Botha Halte

At the start of 2017 construction of a new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) school building began at Botha Halte Primary, off the R43 near Botha Wine Cellar in Worcester, South Africa. (more…)

8/2019 – Welcome to Ecocrete, new Free State Terraforce Licensee!

Last month we welcomed Ecocrete as our new Terraforce licensed manufacturer covering the Free State Province, ZA. Based in Bloemfontein, the company’s main line of trade is the manufacturing of quality pre-cast and custom concrete products for building and civil industries. Ecocrete also provides installation services of their specialized products. Contact them for all your retaining walls needs in the region. (more…)

7/2019 – Accommodating a pool with Terraforce

It is not unusual for properties to sit nestled in a steeply sloping garden, leaving no space for a pool or patio. It also not unusual for a wooden deck to provide that space for outdoor entertainment, considering that it, on the surface, seems to be one of the most straightforward solutions in providing more space for living, entertaining, sunbathing, barbecues, and relaxation. (more…)

6/2019 – Multi-purpose retaining walls at popular Cape Winery

Sometimes Terraforce blocks are specified for more exceptional purposes than the run-of-mill uses encountered by retaining wall contractors daily. One of these involved the creation of an underground space for a Fat Trap at world renown restaurant, Overture, at Hidden Valley Wines in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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5/2019 – Moving mountains with Terraforce

For South African educational campuses, sports facilities are always a top priority, and when Somerset College, one of the co-educational private schools in South Africa, was faced with a large, steep hill standing in the way of expanding their existing sports campus, major earth moving was unavoidable. (more…)

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…)

3/2019 – 40 years of commitment to technical excellence!

The year 2019 marks our 40th anniversary of being engaged in the earth retaining and erosion control industry.

Initially as a supplier and installer of wire mesh gabions, we soon switched to the more sustainable concrete block method of our own design. It was a good choice, and with only one competitor from Europe in this sector, our business grew steadily and is now represented by dedicated licensees on all continents. (more…)