Leisure, outdoor & landscaping

keyboard_arrow_upTop 4 pool colour trends for 2019
keyboard_arrow_downTop 4 pool colour trends for 2019

The colour of your pool can create a certain aesthetic or vibe in your backyard and choosing the perfect shade for your swimming pool can be a daunting task. It is important to make sure that you choose a colour that reflects your own personal style and that ties in with the surroundings. Cemcrete’s PoolCrete […]

keyboard_arrow_upTurftech multi-use sports facility enhances Anton Van Wouw Primary School in Pretoria
keyboard_arrow_downTurftech multi-use sports facility enhances Anton Van Wouw Primary School in Pretoria

Sports is widely acknowledged as beneficial for youngsters, encouraging active, healthy lifestyles and instilling lifelong lessons about teamwork and commitment. And while South African schools promote such outdoor activities, the costs associated with long-term maintenance of sports facilities can prove exorbitant. This has seen a rise in popularity of Turftech’s multi-use sports facilities which offer […]

keyboard_arrow_upKaytech provides reinforcement for CRB wall
keyboard_arrow_downKaytech provides reinforcement for CRB wall

During bulk earthworks and construction of the Amberfield Switching Station in Centurion, Gauteng, Kaytech‘s reinforcement and drainage products were specified for the construction of a CRB (Concrete Retaining Block) wall. A switching station is a substation without transformers and operates at a single voltage level. It may be used as a collector or distribution station […]

keyboard_arrow_upRe-imagined Ferndale on Republic marries nostalgia and a breath of fresh air
keyboard_arrow_downRe-imagined Ferndale on Republic marries nostalgia and a breath of fresh air

Ferndale on Republic, previously known as the Brightwater Commons and the Randburg Waterfront before that, was initially created as a city waterfront development – a romantic notion in Johannesburg in the 1980s. The waterfront element was removed when it underwent a renovation and became the Brightwater Commons, which introduced landscaping and parks to the development, […]

keyboard_arrow_upMaximise your outdoor spaces with a retractable roof
keyboard_arrow_downMaximise your outdoor spaces with a retractable roof

Awning Warehouse’s new range of retractable awnings is an optimal solution, enabling you to enjoy your exterior areas by creating ideal designs for your terrace, garden, café or restaurant. These retractable waterproof coverings combine innovative materials, cutting-edge technology and superior design elements, to provide protection against the elements in any season. They are fully automated […]

keyboard_arrow_upVan Dyck Floors takes a shot at innovative ballistics products
keyboard_arrow_downVan Dyck Floors takes a shot at innovative ballistics products

Ongoing innovation at Van Dyck Floors and Mathe Group’s truck tyre recycling plant in Hammarsdale has delivered another new product made from recycled rubber crumb – large rubber blocks that can safely stop bullets in indoor shooting ranges! Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of Van Dyck Floors and Mathe Group, says that this latest innovation was the […]

keyboard_arrow_upWood is the new cool
keyboard_arrow_downWood is the new cool

Arriving in a ready-to-assemble flatpack DIY kit, this innovative, stylish, elegantly designed and naturally beautiful wooden pool is the perfect complement to any proud homeowner wishing to add real value, quality and class to their home, without the hefty price tag of a conventional sunken pool. The outer wooden structure of the pool is manufactured […]

keyboard_arrow_upPlanting your retaining wall to survive a drought
keyboard_arrow_downPlanting your retaining wall to survive a drought

While the most critical contributor to the success of any segmental retaining wall (SRW) will always remain detailed planning and competent workmanship, planting will transform a functional structure into an eco-friendly environment that can create a dazzling display of colour, scent and texture. Add to that the possibility of a drought and water restrictions, it […]

keyboard_arrow_upFire-resistant landscape architecture dissertation earns UCT student top Corobrik Award
keyboard_arrow_downFire-resistant landscape architecture dissertation earns UCT student top Corobrik Award

The devastating Knysna fires of June 2017 almost destroyed the family home of Louise Brukman, a former Master’s student at the University of Cape Town. Her parents risked their lives to save the house and many people close to her were unable to return to their homes. These events inspired her to explore Landscape Architectural […]

keyboard_arrow_upSudpave locally manufactured paving grid for sustainable urban drainage systems
keyboard_arrow_downSudpave locally manufactured paving grid for sustainable urban drainage systems

Kaytech is the sole distributor of Sudpave, a locally manufactured, high quality paving grid that complies with the requirements of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS). Rapid urban growth in South Africa has created an unprecedented increase in hard surface areas, so much so that conventional stormwater infrastructure can no longer cope with the resultant high […]

keyboard_arrow_upNo more noise – CRB Noise barriers
keyboard_arrow_downNo more noise – CRB Noise barriers

Karin Johns, Freelance Journalist, investigates the effectiveness of pre-cast interlocking concrete block retaining walls in reducing highway traffic noise, as well as the urgency of reducing noise pollution – unwanted human-created sound that disrupts the environment – in South Africa. How concrete acoustic barriers work According to British Precast, trade body for the United Kingdom precast […]

keyboard_arrow_upGlow in the dark concrete
keyboard_arrow_downGlow in the dark concrete

An impressive addition to Chryso’s range of decorative concretes is LuminTech, which comprises a variety of different luminescent particles that are applied to the surface and incorporated into the concrete skin. During the day these particles look like natural aggregates but they also absorb both natural and artificial UV radiation. After dark, the particles release […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe ultimate micro mobile home
keyboard_arrow_downThe ultimate micro mobile home

The Ultimate Mobile Micro Home

keyboard_arrow_upLiving art and living screens by GreenHive
keyboard_arrow_downLiving art and living screens by GreenHive

There are many reasons to consider bringing plants into your living or working environment. Plants improve air quality by photosynthesising and releasing oxygen into the air, and also act as biofilters for impurities. Acoustics are also enhanced as plants absorb sound and help with diffraction. Plants promote better health & wellness through a spiritual connection […]

keyboard_arrow_upEasigrass artificial lawn marketed by Van Dyck
keyboard_arrow_downEasigrass artificial lawn marketed by Van Dyck

Newly appointed Midlands Easigrass partner, Jock Coombes, who sells, installs and helps maintain South Africa’s most realistic and highest quality artificial grass, has green fingers of a different sort.

keyboard_arrow_upThe Shortlist: World Architecture Festival 2017
keyboard_arrow_downThe Shortlist: World Architecture Festival 2017

Will one of these striking structures take 2017’s World Building of the Year title? Here are 22 architectural gems that really stand out.

keyboard_arrow_upWacker Neuson provides equipment to build Pump Track for Pretoria school
keyboard_arrow_downWacker Neuson provides equipment to build Pump Track for Pretoria school

Pump Tracks are a worldwide phenomenon that allow cyclists of all levels and ages to experience the thrill of bicycle riding in a relatively small area, and in so doing promote whole-family and community involvement in healthy exercise and leisure activities. They typically comprise a looping trail system, with a series of whoop sections, contoured jumps and steeply bermed corners all strung together to allow for almost pedal-free cycling. The name Pump Track is derived from the pumping motion of the cyclist's upper body, used to keep up the momentum on the track with almost no pedalling, and the origins of these tracks can be found in the BMX tracks of the 70s and 80s, combined with the extremely popular freestyle riding in events like the X-Games.

keyboard_arrow_upDoes your swimming pool need a face-lift?
keyboard_arrow_downDoes your swimming pool need a face-lift?

Saint-Gobain Weber share these important tips to consider when it comes to pool renovations.

keyboard_arrow_upBelgotex livens up the LIV Village
keyboard_arrow_downBelgotex livens up the LIV Village

The Belgotex Foundation livened up the LIV Village’s Early Childhood Development centre in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal with a cheerful new playground. But what started as a charitable makeover developed into a surprising mutually beneficial relationship.

keyboard_arrow_upVersatile vinyl in the “sport-light” at 2016 Olympic Games
keyboard_arrow_downVersatile vinyl in the “sport-light” at 2016 Olympic Games

During the next few months, the 2016 Olympic Games will once again be on everybody’s lips when the much anticipated event takes place later this year hosted by the colourful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will be the first time that the Olympic Games will be held on the South American continent. Thousands of athletes from more than 200 countries will be competing for Olympic and Paralympic medals in more than 300 events that will be watched by spectators and fans from around the world.

keyboard_arrow_upNautical hangout at Shimmy Beach Club
keyboard_arrow_downNautical hangout at Shimmy Beach Club

A new set of opulent GH Mumm Outdoor Lounges perfectly complements the glamorous experience to be had at Shimmy Beach Club, an upmarket entertainment destination at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Showcasing charming catamaran-styled features, the lounges were designed for trendy outdoor partying.

keyboard_arrow_up35 years of going green
keyboard_arrow_down35 years of going green

This year Terraforce turned 35 and founder and owner of the company, Holger Rust, wishes to thank clients, licensees and recommended installers for joining them on this journey of building outstanding (some big, some small) retaining walls.

keyboard_arrow_upClay pavers for Secunda Mall
keyboard_arrow_downClay pavers for Secunda Mall

Tasked with designing the paving of Mpumalanga’s new Secunda Mall development, Insite Landscape Architects in Centurion, opted for a ‘simplistic but not simple’ look by choosing the darker Nutmeg of Corobrik’s Clay Paver range, which contrasted with the lighter Cederberg.

keyboard_arrow_upTaking aim at the synthetic sports field market
keyboard_arrow_downTaking aim at the synthetic sports field market

Strata Civils has successfully built 18 hockey and soccer AstroTurfs to date and is aiming to service the synthetic sports field market countrywide.

keyboard_arrow_upQuality greenhouse sheeting for the SA market
keyboard_arrow_downQuality greenhouse sheeting for the SA market

Industrial packaging and construction sheeting supplier Kahn & Kahn Plastics supplies an extensive range of construction and packaging materials, which includes greenhouse sheeting for use in agricultural applications.

keyboard_arrow_upNew retaining wall block launched at Olivedale Retirement Village
keyboard_arrow_downNew retaining wall block launched at Olivedale Retirement Village

A new concrete retaining wall block, Aveng Manufacturing Infraset’s split-face Terrace Blok 300, has enjoyed a spectacular launch at the Olivedale Retirement Village, currently under construction in Olivedale, Johannesburg.

keyboard_arrow_upRebranded and focused on Africa
keyboard_arrow_downRebranded and focused on Africa

Sauna and Decks for Africa has been involved in construction using wood for over 15 years, and are now focusing on Africa. A Tanzanian sauna has been built, deconstructed, crated, and shipped for reassembly by the company’s own craftsmen once it gets there. Formerly Cape Sauna and Decks, the company has rebranded itself to reflect its new direction.

keyboard_arrow_upContrast, vibrancy and texture in the built environment
keyboard_arrow_downContrast, vibrancy and texture in the built environment

With an increasing focus towards environmentally friendly solutions that offer contrast, vibrancy and texture within the built environment, landscape architects are expressing their creativity with clay pavers, a product that has been with us for thousands of years.  

keyboard_arrow_upCorobrik paves the way for CPUT students
keyboard_arrow_downCorobrik paves the way for CPUT students

Just two weeks was all that was needed for 80 Landscape Technology students at the Cape University of Technology (CPUT) to completely transform a 12m x 14m area on their campus, using 600 Corobrik pavers, 300 clay bricks, ornamental gravel and a selection of planting materials.

keyboard_arrow_upSTIHL goes quiet with lithium-ion range
keyboard_arrow_downSTIHL goes quiet with lithium-ion range

The cordless range of environmentally responsible outdoor power tools from leading manufacturer STIHL, harness lithium-ion technology to eliminate both fuel costs and exhaust emissions. The range consists of a chainsaw, two grass trimmers, two hedge trimmers and a handheld leaf blower.