Clay brick anchors Alex retail and transport hub

The Pan Africa shopping mall and taxi rank in Alexandra was built using Corobrik face bricks and Corobrik 60mm clay pavers were used for the surrounding roads and walkways.The site of the former Pan Africa bus depot in the centre of Alexandra, Johannesburg, is today home to the Pan Africa shopping mall and taxi facility. The 16 000m² retail mall was built with Corobrik clay bricks and Corobrik clay pavers were specified for the surrounding walkways and roadways.

The integrated retail and taxi facility forms part of the Alexandra Renewal Project and is intended to generate further local economic growth.


Allin Dangers, Corobrik director of sales – inland, says that Corobrik supplied over 150 000 Country Classic Travertine FBS bricks for the building and more than 70 000 60mm Champagne pavers and 180 000 60mm Burgundy pavers. All the products were locally manufactured and delivered as construction progressed.

Dangers adds, “The 60mm pavers are robust and hardwearing and were selected to carry the pedestrian and light vehicular traffic around the complex. The lighter coloured Champagne pavers were used to create a border and the Burgundy pavers were laid in the main walkways and roadways.”

Bertie Meyburgh, representing GAPP Architects in association with SAOTA and PADC (The Pan Africa Development Company), says that the selection of the building and paving materials was important for the overall appeal of the shopping complex.

“The durable face brick adds a contemporary, urban feel. Equally significant is the fact that Corobrik’s face bricks are maintenance-free and this was a welcome benefit since it eliminates the carbon debt associated with a lifetime of maintenance,” says Meyburgh.

He adds that for a commercial building such as the Pan Africa, sustainability was an important factor which Corobrik products helped to achieve.

Previous story
keyboard_arrow_upSA-made cladding for London multimodal rail station
keyboard_arrow_downSA-made cladding for London multimodal rail station

London’s Stratford railway station is being smartly refurbished and is set to become the principal multimodal station for the 2012 London Olympic Games. From the other side of the globe, South Africa’s Jet Park-based Vitrex has supplied its Vitraclad vitreous enamelled steel cladding panels to the project.

Next story
keyboard_arrow_upWaterproof vinyl flooring
keyboard_arrow_downWaterproof vinyl flooring

The click-lock technology used with Allure vinyl flooring from Traviata provides simple no-glue installation, together with maximum water resistance to this natural looking resilient floor

keyboard_arrow_upBuilding the business case for housing microfinance in sub-Saharan Africa
keyboard_arrow_downBuilding the business case for housing microfinance in sub-Saharan Africa

A new study from Habitat for Humanity says that housing microfinance can and should become a mainstream offering for financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa as they respond to growing housing needs in the region, particularly from poor people.

keyboard_arrow_upHow to pick the right tiles for your bathroom
keyboard_arrow_downHow to pick the right tiles for your bathroom

Despite ever-changing trends, new technologies and evolutions in taste, an overwhelming majority of homes in South Africa feature tiles in the bathroom. So, what makes them such a popular choice? Are they really the best flooring material? And how do you choose the right tiles for your home?

keyboard_arrow_upFarm dam gets EnviroFix treatment
keyboard_arrow_downFarm dam gets EnviroFix treatment

EnviroFix is produced by distributing a uniform layer of sodium bentonite between two durable outer layers of geotextile. Sodium bentonite is a naturally occurring clay mineral that swells considerably upon hydration. When this occurs under confinement, a lining is formed with a permeability so low it equates to that of approximately one metre of compacted clay.