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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…)

1/2019 – Perfect Pedestrian Ramp, Silicon Oasis, Dubai!

Retaining walls can do so much more than just stop soil erosion and flooding issues. Along with other hardscaping and landscaping, retaining walls can transform your grounds by providing depth and verticality to your landscape, providing raised platforms for gardens, terraced views of your property, and beautiful concrete block textures. (more…)

10/2018 – Large scale erosion control on the West Coast with Terraforce

Initiated by the Department of Public Works as custodian of state land, this large retaining wall is located on the West Coast, Pepper Bay harbour area, to stabilize existing eroded embankments in the interest of public safety.

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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. (more…)

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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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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (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…)

11/2013 – Terrafix blocks for slope rehabilitation

In April 2003, The City of Cape Town, Department of Transport, Roads and Stormwater, commissioned Jeffares & Green, a local civil engineering consulting firm, to undertake a geotechnical investigation and propose a design for remedial measures required to stabilise the cut slope failure at Suikerbossie Nek along Victoria Road between Camps Bay and Hout Bay.

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10/2013 – Retaining walls in an extreme climate

Terraforce in Namibia. It has been exactly 20 years ago that Namwall took over the Terraforce license in the extreme climate of Namibia. For some 5 years before July 1993, two other companies had taken on the Terraforce license, and failed. Bryan Newby and his wife Linda had to overcome the reservations that had built up in the market and prevailed against many odds.

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11/2005 – Terraforce supports a tennis court

Terraforce supports a new tennis court at an up-market Bishops Court residence required extensive earthworks with the usual retaining at the fill side as well as at the cut face. iCOS Engineers were appointed by Decorton Retaining Systems (Pty) Ltd to design the rock face Terraforce retaining walls at 35 Claasens Drive, Constantia. Construction commenced in September 2002.

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5/2013 – Growing vintage walls into the future

Extending long-standing retaining walls

A successful product is one that gets used more than once, having satisfied the expectation of the client. Below is a showcase of two projects that used the same local retaining block to extend long-standing retaining vintage walls.

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11/2012 – Some great projects of 2012

Beyond Expectations

This year turned out much better than expected  for Terraforce. If you build a company on a strong foundation and accomplished partnerships, any economic crisis can be overcome. And so we would like to end the year with a small selection of some of the remarkable projects completed this year.

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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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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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1/2011 – Green gateway to Doha Qatar

Local retaining block livens up highway interchanges

Consultant: Namwall cc

In 2005, Terraforce landed their first major contract in Dubai, using the L16 block to curb water erosion on the fronds of Palm Jumeirah, one the largest artificial islands in the world. Later that year, Terraforce appointed Consent L.L.C. as exclusive producers of Terraforce blocks in the Persian Gulf Region.

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