Retired citizens are enjoying their new homes developed by Central Developments using Corobrik’s sustainable and appealing face brick range.
Corobrik Nebraska Travertine face bricks and Corobrik Classic Satin face bricks have been used to construct the Eldoraigne Retirement Village, situated in Centurion, Pretoria. A total of 5 million Corobrik face bricks have been used to construct 135 apartments and 288 single story homes.
Corobrik’s Commercial director, Musa Shangase said. “The developer selected our durable range of face bricks for use throughout the 9-hectare site. The result is a striking retirement village for the citizens.
“Retired people cannot spend money unnecessarily which is why clay face brick is the perfect solution. The brick requires no upkeep in the form of paint or plaster at a later stage and clay’s inherent thermal qualities severely decreases the occupant’s need for artificial heating and cooling systems. Homes are kept warm in the winter months and cooler in summe,” continued Corobrik’s Shangase.
Comprising three apartment blocks which total 125 apartments as well as 288 single story houses, Eldoraigne Retirement Estate was developed by the Central Developments Property Group.
“Eldoraigne Retirement Estate offers a variety of different housing units which caters for the needs of all retirees,” explained Riaan Joubert of Central Developments. “The units are designed and developed in such a way that retirees will be able to maintain the active, independent lifestyle they are accustomed to. Every unit is conveniently close to the service and frail care centre and all units are north facing for optimum temperature comfort. Aluminium window frames which seal tightly further ensure proper insulation and all houses are fitted with solar water geysers to minimise heating costs.”
Residents at Eldoraigne Retirement Estate have access to vital 24-hour frail care as well as a dining room, communal hall and lounge, onsite doctors and physiotherapists, a convenience shop as well as a hair and beauty salon.
The houses range from two to three bedrooms with varying floor plans, patios, private gardens and service courtyards. The one or two-bedroom flats are a more affordable option located conveniently near all support services. They are designed with sunny and spacious rooms to maximise the thermal efficiency of the face bricks. Flats also enjoy a patio or balcony and single carport. Lifts are conveniently placed throughout the building to ensure easy access to the flats and communal facilities. A back-up generator ensures continuity of services in the event of power failures.
Commenting on the choice of Corobrik’s face brick range, Central Developments’ appointed architect, Albert Monteith, said they offered triple benefits for developers and residents.
“Firstly, there are the aesthetics,” said Monteith. “The colours selected were earthy, very close to stone and clay. The combination of dark and light adds to the artistic atmosphere of calm created at the retirement village. Secondly, the practical aspect, in that face brick never needs to be painted which cuts the cost for body corporates and home owners. Thirdly, as was just touched on, the cost factor. It is an extremely cost effective product, the development is brought to the buyer at market value with maximum growth on investment over time and was sold out during the construction period.”