Category Archives: – Urban Renewal

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2/2017 – Terracrete now widely accepted in the market

Terracrete, manufactured locally and internationally by Terraforce licensees, is a versatile eco-surface hard lawn block that is widely accepted and was introduced to the South African market by Terraforce in 2002. Contact us for more information on the Terracrete Blocks. (more…)

10/2015 – Greening hospital grounds with permeable pavers

Since June this year, residents of Strand and Somerset West will have access to wide selection of health services, following the opening of a new private hospital in the region. The R400m, 100-bed Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital in Strand is the first of four hospitals to open in the country. (more…)

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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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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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. (more…)

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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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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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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10/2008 – Local eco-paving block rocks the boats in Australia

Terracrete reinforced Eco-surface. In 2007, Structerre Engineers was approached by Geraldton Boatlifters LTD to design the necessary infrastructure for a new commercially operated boat lifter facility featuring a travelling boat-lifter weighing 100 tons – capable of lifting 200 ton boats with a beam of 10.2m – a docking bay, lifter runway and a 1.2 hectare hard stand area.

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9/2013 – The benefits of permeable paving

Bigger cities mean bigger concrete surfaces, which in turn leads to reduced natural infiltration of rain water. And this is not something we can ignore, says Rachel Wray Thompson, Chicago-based architect and LEED Accredited Professional: “While asphalt and concrete have been the go-to outdoor surfaces for years, they really have very few benefits other than being one of the least expensive options.”

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1/2013 – Wasting no space with Terraforce

SA’s first ‘green-fields’ refuse transfer station wastes no space with Terraforce

Following a study conducted by USA Consultants, Wright-Pearce (1999), it was recommended that the City develop a single regional waste disposal (landfill) facility, and as the existing landfills reach their capacity, they would be replaced by satellite refuse transfer stations, with waste being compacted into containers and transported by either road or rail to the proposed regional landfill. (more…)