Corobrik, South Africa’s leader in clay pavers and bricks, is proud that its products were chosen for extensive use in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ stadium precincts of two host cities: Durban and Cape Town. Regarding Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, Mike Ingram, director of sales at Corobrik, says, “Corobrik products have been used in all the upgrade and beautification projects in Durban’s preparation for 2010.
The pathways around the stadium alone saw almost 15 000m² of Burgundy 50mm pavers laid.” Ingram says over 100 000m² of Durban’s beachfront promenade was paved using Corobrik’s Burgundy 50mm and 60mm clay pavers, Grey Corocobble, and a combination of charcoal and apricot coloured Coroplaza. “Corobrik’s hard burnt clay pavers provide a rich combination of earthy colours which were matched to create the attractive wave pattern designed by the architects. The pavers offer excellent resistance to staining and both acidic and alkaline corrosion, and they can withstand the salt and high humidity levels of the beachfront area.” Ingram points out that Corobrik clay pavers were used when the beachfront was revamped in 1988/89, “and they have performed to expectation in this very harsh environment,” he adds. Michael Tod of Michael Tod Architects, who worked with the city’s Strategic Projects Unit to design and coordinate the paving around Moses Mabhida Stadium, says Corobrik clay pavers were selected for two main reasons: used in the existing promenade the pavers had proven their reliability and durability in the beachfront environment; and the project team wanted to limit the use of different materials. “As we had to incorporate the existing central beachfront into the design concept, it made sense to use the same pavers. With the introduction of a polished concrete band every 50m, we were able to unify the old with the new,” says Tod.