I will

  • Share

Moving mountains with Terraforce

For South African educational campuses, sports facilities are always a top priority, and when Somerset College, one of the co-educational private schools in South Africa, was faced with a large, steep hill standing in the way of expanding their existing sports campus, major earth moving was unavoidable.

ramp and staircase near a hockey field

One of the ramps and staircases, as well as seating next to the hockey field

steep sports fields use Terraforce retaining walls

Creating space for new sports fields on a steep slope with Terraforce

Faced with exposed cut and fill slopes, the main contractor on site, Poplar Trading, needed a cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing way to retain these – up to five metres high embankments.

Says Coen Marais, Poplar Trading: “we needed to create space on a massive slope for two new rugby fields, two cricket ovals and a hockey field. To achieve this, we moved 80 000 m² of earth and placed 55 000 m² of drainage. Loxton Irrigation placed over 50 000 m irrigation, while Vredenburg Lawns and another company, Yokwana Contracting, installed 55 000 m² of the lawn.  In addition, we also installed some gabions and Terraforce 4×4 Step block seating adjacent to the hockey field”

Sub-Contractor Decorton Retaining Systems were called in as expert installers for the Terraforce walls needed on site, specifically to build a retaining wall with staircases and wheelchair ramps for student access, as well as additional space for an entry road and pavilion above the AstroTurf sports field. SP van Blerk, Decorton, says installation went according to plan: “Icos Engineering submitted a great design that specified the necessary reinforcing to match wall height, soil and surcharge conditions.”

wheelchair access ramp near a sports field

Terraforce wheelchair ramps for student access

steep sports grounds

A view down the slope gives an idea of the challenge faced

The earth moving and walls were completed February this year, however, some landscaping still needs to be completed to showcase the end result to full effect.

Project participants

Engineer: Icos Engineering

Quantity Surveyor: QS Bureau

Main Contractor: Poplar Trading

Sub-Contractor: Decorton Retaining Systems Pty Ltd 

Reversable hollow-core retaining blocks

4 Huguenot Avenue Oranjezicht
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

  • Quick links:


© 2024 Terraforce. Portal powered by Specifile®.

Copyright © 2024 New Media, a division of Media24. All rights reserved.