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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 13:33

Corobrik face bricks combine to create attractive housing development

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Corobrik’s Moroccan Red Travertine and Nebraska Travertine face bricks were used in the construction of The Junction @ Forest Hill, a Central Developments’ rental housing development based in Heuweloord, Pretoria. (credit: Central Development Projects) Corobrik’s Moroccan Red Travertine and Nebraska Travertine face bricks were used in the construction of The Junction @ Forest Hill, a Central Developments’ rental housing development based in Heuweloord, Pretoria. (credit: Central Development Projects)

Corobrik’s quality face brick products were used in the construction of The Junction @ Forest Hill in Centurion, Pretoria.  The 440-unit rental housing development used more than three million Corobrik face bricks to construct housing in the R5 000 to R7 000 rental price range.

“Affordable rental properties are in demand in the Centurion area,” explained Schalk Eagar, project manager for Central Developments. “The added benefit will be low maintenance over the lifespan of this housing development.”

The Junction @ Forest Hill consists of 20, four-level blocks with a total of 440 apartments. Each two-bedroom unit has modern, interior finishes and is letting from R5 600 to R6 200. The affordable rental development also includes three children’s play areas, a laundromat and 24-hour security for all residents.

Construction of the building’s exterior was completed with 1 268 000 Moroccan Red Travertine face bricks and 1 807 000 Nebraska Travertine face bricks supplied by Corobrik.

“We decided to go with Corobrik’s face brick range because of the product’s low maintenance qualities as well as the superior aesthetics,” said Eagar.

Gert Claassen of Gert Claassen Architect, expanded on the use of clay face brick in the development: “The deep red face brick was used throughout on the ground level as foundation walls and as a dado of five-courses high, while the rest of the ground storey and the three higher storeys were constructed in the lighter Nebraska Travertine face brick.”

The lighter facebrick work in the upper levels was broken up by a horizontal line of two red facebrick courses placed above the windows.

“These horizontal blocks were further broken by strong, vertical elements such as stairwells, balconies and pipe ducts in the red face bricks which interrupted the monotony of long walls,” said Claassen. Furthermore, the red facebricks were used as window sills and brick-on-edge lintels over the windows.”

Musa Shangase, Corobrik’s commercial director, said the finished development was testament to Corobrik’s face brick high quality visual appeal.

“The result of using face brick is always striking and there is no need for plastering or painting later on,” explained Shangase. “In addition to the low maintenance cost-saving benefits, clay face brick has outstanding thermal efficiency which allows for natural cooling in the hot summer months and retention of warmth in winter.”

Shangase said clay face brick is increasingly popular for the construction of apartment blocks and close proximity buildings where noise could be an issue.

“The sound insulation offered by each brick means a more comfortable living environment for all residents,” he said. “Corobrik clay facebricks are extremely durable, fire-resistant and the perfect product for any housing development.”

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Clay bricks and paving bricks have been produced by Corobrik in South Africa for more than 100 years, making it the sub-continent’s foremost masonry and paving design company.

Corobrik supplies local and international clientele, bringing brick designs to life all over the world. An extensive range of face bricks,  pavers and landscaping products in a variety of shades and textures, enables architects to create a myriad of stylish brick and paving designs.

Product development, coordinated through Corobrik’s ISO-IEC 17025 accredited central laboratory, aims for continuous enhancement of quality and performance in line with changing design trends and innovative new applications.

Corobrik has regional offices across South Africa and a national network of accredited dealers.

Production facilities operate in accordance with international best practice and quality assurance, ensuring that all products comply with industry standards and the classification against which they are manufactured and sold.

Five Corobrik factories have ISO 9001:2000 accreditation; another 10 are working towards this goal. All adhere to the Minerals and Mine, Health and Safety Acts and manufacturing processes are based on sound environmental practices.

Corobrik is committed to BEE and the upliftment and economic empowerment of previously disadvantaged communities.

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