Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:37

Corobrik contributes to Inner City rejuvenation.

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

The quality, durability and overall affordability of Corobrik’s face brick range has seen it form part of several inner-city rejuvenation schemes across the country, with the latest Heritage View development in Brickfields, Newtown Johannesburg forming an eye-catching example.


“Corobrik’s strapline of ‘Building a Better Tomorrow Together’ truly embraces the need to provide quality accommodation where people work, drawing people back to the Central Business Districts which, unfortunately, have become rundown and neglected across the country,” explained Musa Shangase, Corobrik’s Commercial Director.

Corobrik has been involved in numerous inner-city rejuvenation projects in Randburg, Hillbrow, Berea, Yeoville, Thembelihle Village in Pretoria, Townlands in Marabastad as well as several Johannesburg locations.

The latest low-cost housing development in Newtown, Johannesburg – developed by the Johannesburg Housing Company – was constructed using 1m of Corobrik’s Terracotta Satin face bricks. For this particular project, Corobrik remained true to its commitment of urban improvement by providing the product at a special rate.

According to contract manager, Juan Abrahamse of Tyris Construction, the eight-block development consists of 164 middle-class units, strategically designed using the face brick and plaster façade.

“Corobrik’s face brick is extremely good quality while also being comparative in cost,” said Abrahamse. “They are a particularly good choice for the inner-city area as they have sound insulation properties that make for a better living environment. We managed to attain a great aesthetic appeal through the use of varying coloured plaster panels, alternating with the face brick, which creates an upmarket, city look.”

Because inner-city rejuvenation projects are cost-driven, Corobrik is often chosen as it offers a wide-range of products across all pricing spectrums. In Pretoria, 1 on Mutual was constructed using a high-end Silvergrey Satin and Travertine in combination, with solid bricks for feature accents. At the other end of the scale, Montana Light and Moroccan have been widely because of the aesthetics and cost-effectiveness.

“Costs are further saved because of thermal efficiency, as the brick is slow to heat in summer and retains warmth in winter,” expanded Shangase. “The high-rise nature of these projects also means that the structures are exposed to the elements. Maintenance-free Corobrik face bricks leaves the building looking pristine, compared to painted structures which show dirty marks, cracks and weathering. For the building's owner, return on investment is enhanced as there is no need for expensive scaffolding to re-paint.”

Corobrik’s Shangase added that, in addition to the superior acoustic performance mentioned by offered by face brick, they also create a more fire-resistant building, improving safety measures in such high density residential areas. The natural clay substance also gives off no volatile organic compounds, making the building a healthier environment in which to live.  

Last modified on Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:53

Most Popular

How smart corporates are maximising returns by consolidating their property footprint

Sep 01, 2017
For businesses that are seeking to be more efficient and productive, consolidating…

JSE listed Rebosis Property Fund announces R917 million B-BBEE transaction

Sep 01, 2017
Andile Mazwai COO Rebosis
Rebosis Property Fund, the JSE’s first listed black-managed and significantly black owned…

The Property Practitioners Bill set to transform the entire property market

Sep 19, 2017
Storme Heath CAF2
Gazetted in March 2017 for comment, the long-awaited Property Practitioners Bill is…

Growthpoint Properties posts forecast-beating distribution growth and achieves key strategic successes

Aug 31, 2017
Growthpoint Norbert Sasse
Growthpoint Properties today posted distribution growth of 6.9% per share for its…

Energy saving technologies will help consumers prepare for massive electricity price hikes in 2018

Sep 06, 2017
Cala van der Westhuizen
The latest ruling by the Constitutional Court, allowing Eskom to retrospectively ask the…