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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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11/2014 – Cleaning up after the short-cut brigade

“Failure” of a retaining wall does not always mean total collapse, but rather implies signs of impending instability and the possibility of future failure. Total collapses, where the wall overturns, slides, topples, or otherwise causes a massive letting loose of the retained earth with resulting damage above and below the wall, are relatively rare . In both instances, there is no alternative but to rebuild and correct the root causes, mostly due to skimping on expenses or sloppy unsupervised workmanship – aka the short-cut brigade.

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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. Continue reading

9/2014 – how to build a strong D.I.Y retaining wall

A strong wall is a well designed and built wall. You might consider the retaining wall you’re about to build to be solid from the front, but unless you give serious thought to what goes on behind and below the wall, it may not look good for long. A poorly built wall can lean, separate, even topple—and it’s out there in plain sight. Continue reading

8/2014 – Safe wall designs with Terrasafe

“In response to market demands, a design service called TERRASAFE, a platform that provides first-class engineering, management, and specialist technical assistance to users of any of the Terraforce products, was launched early 2011.” Continue reading

7/2014 – Inter-linked Terracrete paver mats

In some cases, sites that need erosion control are difficult to reach or submerged under water. With this in mind, Terraforce recently developed pre-assembled inter-linked Terracrete  mats, that can be installed by crane.  Continue reading

6/2014 – Getting a grip with the new Decorwall block

October 2011 Murray & Roberts Western Cape, an operating division of Murray & Roberts Construction, was awarded a R193-million contract to construct the R300-million Willowbridge Place office development. The new development is located on the corner of Old Oak Road and Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. Continue reading

5/2014 – Living a “green” life, at work AND home

This article first appeared in Footprint Limited, Jan/Feb edition, 2014

Holger Rust, founder of Terraforce, licensor of permeable and plantable concrete blocks for erosion control and earth retaining, has long been motivated by the conviction that every person who has the capacity, should strive to improve his environment, not destroy it. He has adopted this message from his father, Martin Rust, who was a guiding example in this regard. Continue reading

4/2014 – Need eco-friendly 4×4 tracks? Here’s how:

Subtle but durable: new access tracks for Geelkrans Nature Reserve

The client, Cape Nature was looking for a permanent, yet flexible solution for jeep tracks on deep sandy substrates at Geelkrans Nature Reserve, Stillbaai, without the associated footprint impacts of commonly used hard structures such as asphalt or paving.

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3/2014 – Hillside Earth Retaining Wall: Terraforce in India

Lonavala is a beautiful town and hill station in the Pune district of the Indian state of Maharashtra.  Close to Bombay, many wealthy locals from there build their holiday homes in the lush green hills of the area. The terrain is rocky and steep, ideal for the application of Terraforce retaining walls, made in Mumbai by official Terraforce suppliers in India. The owner of a new holiday home in the region liked the rustic look of the Terraforce L15 IT blocks and gave the go-ahead to the landscape architects, Retiwala & Associates to use the system to stabilise cut slopes behind the house.  Continue reading

2/2014 – Sustainable infrastructure with retaining walls

The concept of fibre-reinforced soil and stackable blocks is not a new one, and can be traced back to the ancient Megalitian cultures that lived in Europe, the Middle East, Central America and Asia.  Initially, about 12,000 years ago, large, stacked boulders were used, until willow or bamboo baskets filled with rocks were discovered to achieve the same result.

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1/2014 – Terraforce retaining walls in Turkey

Eko Yapi, founded in Istanbul, is the official Terraforce block manufacturer and supplier in Turkey. They, together with Geoduvar, a specialty contractor of concrete products, have always been a steady performer, providing the designs and applications for some impressive retaining walls using Terraforce blocks, which includes designing the highest Terraforce earth retaining wall in the company’s history, an impressive 20,5m wall stabilising cut and fill slopes for the Karlitepe Road Project in the Beykoz region of Istanbul.

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