Instead of using tar or other resurfacing methods, Irene Glen Estate, in Centurion, chose concrete products company Technicrete Infrastructure Specialist Group’s (ISG’s) paving bricks for its road renovations.
Irene Glen Estate manager Zelda Meyer says the main driveway around the estate needed repair work and that the estate management had to decide whether it should resurface the driveway using asphalt, tar or paving bricks.
The project started in February, with the first batch of bricks delivered later that same month.
Meyer adds that, going forward, the upgrade, repair and maintenance factors of the driveway were deciding factors that encouraged estate managers to use Technicrete’s double zig-zag (DZZ) interlocking paving product.
“Should maintenance be required in the future, we merely need to remove the paving in question, as opposed to resurfacing sections, which always leaves indentations and a nonunified appearance. It made budgetary sense to use the paving option,” she says.
The simplicity of removing any damaged interlocking pavers and merely replacing them with new pavers gave Technicrete the edge over competitors regarding the work at Irene Glen Estate. Only the section under review requires replacement – not the entire driveway – which ensures that the professional appearance remains intact.
Technicrete supplied 17 000 m2 of 60 mm DZZ grey interlocking pavers to estate contractor Vesles Civils. The DZZ paving bricks are hard-wearing and form a continuous smooth surface overlay, offering not only an elegant appearance but also an economical solution. They are available in grey, autumn, terracotta, plum, slate and tan.
“The decision to use the DZZs on our road was also based on longevity – correctly installed interlocking pavers will last longer than asphalt – and the ease of upkeep. We believe the paving has been a worthwhile investment for the estate, and we are happy with the finished look. It looks neat, tidy and smart,” says Meyer.
The DZZ paving bricks are ideally suited to the construction of heavy-duty industrial areas, roadways, depots and other commercial applications.
Meanwhile, the company’s 60 mm DZZ brick can be used for light applications, such as domestic driveways, municipal parking areas, pedestrian pavements, pathways and commercial developments, while the 80 mm variant is suited for heavy-duty use in applications, such as petrol station forecourts, industrial and factory roads and suburban streets, besides other applications.
Technicrete ISG has also been supplying the DZZ paving bricks for the Centenary road expansion project in Modderfontein, the first phase of the R84-billion Modderfontein New City development, in north-eastern Johannesburg.
Technicrete was awarded the contract to supply DZZ interlocking paving blocks and kerbs for the project, which, when completed, will provide much-needed east-to-west road access together with the K113 provincial road.
Project contractor ProBuild site agent Wayne Green says Centenary road, when completed, will carry very large traffic volumes. He adds that Technicrete ISG was chosen because of the quality and durability of its products, combined with good service, delivery and reliability.
“We have used Technicrete ISG products before, with one three-year-old project still in 100% perfect condition. Its concrete precast kerbs are ideal for a project of this nature, while their DZZ interlockers form an economical and hard-wearing surface that will most definitely be required,” he explains.
“Our 60 mm DZZ interlocking paving blocks are well suited to industrial and factory roads, making them particularly suitable for the Centenary road upgrade,” says Technicrete ISG sales representative Wayne Oliver.
He says the company started supplying the 8 820 m2 of grey DZZs in March, which will continue until this month, with 8 500 m of 1 000 mm barrier kerbing and with 16 000 units of grey garden kerbing also having been supplied. All these products are available in various colours and dimensions to suit a client’s specific requirements.
Technicrete ISG kerbs are ideal edge restraints and, in addition to barrier kerbing, semimountable, mountable and rectangular kerbing are also available, Oliver adds.
The Modderfontein New City project is due for completion in 2024.