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Unlocking luxury living: Terraforce earth retaining transforms Exeter Estate in South Africa


Alright, buckle up folks! We’ve got some serious luxury unfolding down in Bishopscourt, Western Cape. KingsHill Development, The Keep, and New Land Developments have embarked on a mission, and it’s not your average construction gig. We’re talking about ten swanky homes, each ranging from a generous 650 to 800 square meters. But hold your horses; this isn’t your typical flat terrain deal. No, sir! They faced a challenge – the ground here is more contoured than a Hollywood red carpet.

Raised building platforms with the Terraforce system, Exeter Estate

Terraforce to the rescue: Building dreams, one block at a time

So, how did these developers tackle the ups and downs of the landscape? Enter Terraforce, the unsung hero of this tale. It’s not just any block; it’s a game-changer. Why? Because it’s as versatile as a Swiss army knife, fitting seamlessly into the unique needs of this project.

The Terraforce walls are designed in three 2m Terraces spaced 1m apart

Raising the stakes: Luxury homes need elevated platforms

Picture this – each luxury abode boasting tennis courts, lap pools, steam rooms, temperature-controlled wine cellars, and multi-car garages. Fancy, right? But to make space for these fancy features, they needed platforms that could defy gravity. That’s where Terraforce stepped in. The result? Raised building platforms giving these homes a grand front and backyard.

The nitty-gritty: 30,000 blocks, storms, and some greenery

Jeremy Leighton from Decorton Retaining Walls spills the beans. A whopping 30,000 Terraforce blocks were laid down, the first project with the L12 block in charcoal and a round face finish. Mother Nature threw a curveball with some fierce storms, but the Terraforce system had it covered. Stormwater channels were strategically placed to dance off the rain, preventing any damage to the retaining walls.

A green touch: Beauty in every block

Now, here’s the cherry on top – Alan Dawson Gardens worked their magic, planting indigenous ground creepers. The round face finish of the Terraforce blocks allowed for a bit of topsoil, creating a canvas for ten different ground creepers to bloom.

Behind the scenes: Engineering marvels and design wizardry

Denis Belter from Gadomski Consulting Engineers set the stage. The design called for three 2-meter Terraforce retaining walls, spaced a metre apart, forming beautiful terraces. It’s like creating a stairway to luxury, right? Well, almost. The walls had a 70-degree angle, except where nature’s giants, the mature trees, stood tall. Some walls even flexed their muscles with geogrid reinforcement.

The A-Team: KingsHill Group, Zeanne & Goss Designs, and Decorton Retaining Systems

Let’s not forget the masterminds behind the scenes. KingsHill Group led the way, Zeanne & Goss Designs crafted the vision, and Decorton Retaining Systems executed the plan flawlessly. The Terraforce licensed block manufacturer, Cape Retaining Systems, ensured that every block played its part in this symphony of luxury.

The grand finale: Earth retaining with style

As you stroll down the access road of this luxury estate, the Terraforce walls stand tall, a testament to human ingenuity and a touch of green elegance. Each wall is more than just a barrier; it’s a carefully engineered masterpiece, ensuring that luxury and nature coexist harmoniously.

So there you have it – the scoop on how Exeter Estate turned the challenge of contoured ground into an opportunity for luxury living. Terraforce, with its L12 blocks and round face finish, isn’t just a building material; it’s a key player in this saga of elegance and functionality. Next time you think of luxury living, remember, sometimes, it’s not just about the square footage; it’s about how you conquer the landscape. Cheers to Terraforce, making dreams come true, one block at a time!

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