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6/2005 – Total Turnaround for Suburbs Wetland

Wetland rehab with Terraforce

In 2005, Steyn Swanepoel, from Steyn Swanepoel Landscape Design, and Luis Jordaan, his experienced project manager, were faced with complex site conditions when devising a remedial solution for an overgrown wetland located on privately owned land within the city bowl below Table Mountain. Continue reading

8/2018 – Why and how to protect our beaches?

By Holger Rust, Founder, TERRAFORCE

The “why” part is easy to answer. We want to protect our valuable possessions and infrastructure, such as houses, tourist destinations, pipelines and harbour entrances against the dynamic forces of wave action. Continue reading

7/2018 – Maxiwall Pro is now live!

A solid foundation.

After 39 years of providing concrete earth retaining and erosion control solutions, Terraforce blocks are a recognized and trusted brand amongst many industry experts in South Africa and abroad. To arrive at this juncture required significant – and tireless – effort. When registering the Terraforce trademark in 1982, we understood that to survive in this line of business a lot more was required than just producing and selling of blocks, or to free-load off the advances made by others. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

5/2018 – Reputable installer key to a good looking retaining wall!

At Terraforce, we cannot stress enough the importance of a correctly installed Terraforce retaining wall: an improperly built retaining wall may bulge, crack or lean, creating an eyesore and a headache for you. Continue reading

4/2018 – New, state-of-the-art design software for Terraforce

Going forward with integrity and passion!

As we approach our 40th year in business, we at Terraforce look back on a solid track record, while being acutely aware of the need to provide dependable, sustainable and lasting solutions. Not only for our own people, but our partners and customers, depend on it as well.

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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

Solving 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 – our best of 2017. 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 barrier

Karin Johns, Freelance Journalist, investigates the effectiveness of pre-cast interlocking concrete block retaining walls in reducing highway traffic noise, creating a noise barrier 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, always consider tomorrow. 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  Terraforce family 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 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. 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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