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Monday, 27 March 2017 08:53

Centurion retirement village residents live in comfortable face brick homes

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Attractive Retirement Estate in Centurion is constructed from Corobrik Nebraska Travertine and Classic Satin face bricks Attractive Retirement Estate in Centurion is constructed from Corobrik Nebraska Travertine and Classic Satin face bricks Photo credit : Riaan Joubert

Retired citizens are enjoying their new homes developed by Central Developments using Corobrik’s sustainable and appealing face brick range.

Corobrik Nebraska Travertine face bricks  and Corobrik Classic Satin face bricks have been used to construct the Eldoraigne Retirement Village, situated in Centurion, Pretoria.  A total of 5 million Corobrik face bricks have been used to construct 135 apartments and 288 single story homes.

Corobrik’s Commercial director, Musa Shangase said. “The developer selected our durable range of face bricks for use throughout the 9-hectare site.  The result is a striking retirement village for the citizens.

“Retired people cannot spend money unnecessarily which is why clay face brick is the perfect solution. The brick requires no upkeep in the form of paint or plaster at a later stage and clay’s inherent thermal qualities severely decreases the occupant’s need for artificial heating and cooling systems. Homes are kept warm in the winter months and cooler in summe,” continued Corobrik’s Shangase.

Comprising three apartment blocks which total 125 apartments as well as 288 single story houses, Eldoraigne Retirement Estate was developed by the Central Developments Property Group.

“Eldoraigne Retirement Estate offers a variety of different housing units which caters for the needs of all retirees,” explained Riaan Joubert of Central Developments. “The units are designed and developed in such a way that retirees will be able to maintain the active, independent lifestyle they are accustomed to. Every unit is conveniently close to the service and frail care centre and all units are north facing for optimum temperature comfort. Aluminium window frames which seal tightly further ensure proper insulation and all houses are fitted with solar water geysers to minimise heating costs.”

Residents at Eldoraigne Retirement Estate have access to vital 24-hour frail care as well as a dining room, communal hall and lounge, onsite doctors and physiotherapists, a convenience shop as well as a hair and beauty salon.

The houses range from two to three bedrooms with varying floor plans, patios, private gardens and service courtyards. The one or two-bedroom flats are a more affordable option located conveniently near all support services. They are designed with sunny and spacious rooms to maximise the thermal efficiency of the face bricks.  Flats also enjoy a patio or balcony and single carport. Lifts are conveniently placed throughout the building to ensure easy access to the flats and communal facilities.  A back-up generator ensures continuity of services in the event of power failures.

Commenting on the choice of Corobrik’s face brick range, Central Developments’ appointed architect, Albert Monteith, said they offered triple benefits for developers and residents.

“Firstly, there are the aesthetics,” said Monteith. “The colours selected were earthy, very close to stone and clay. The combination of dark and light adds to the artistic atmosphere of calm created at the retirement village. Secondly, the practical aspect, in that face brick never needs to be painted which cuts the cost for body corporates and home owners. Thirdly, as was just touched on, the cost factor. It is an extremely cost effective product, the development is brought to the buyer at market value with maximum growth on investment over time and was sold out during the construction period.”

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Clay bricks and paving bricks have been produced by Corobrik in South Africa for more than 100 years, making it the sub-continent’s foremost masonry and paving design company.

Corobrik supplies local and international clientele, bringing brick designs to life all over the world. An extensive range of face bricks,  pavers and landscaping products in a variety of shades and textures, enables architects to create a myriad of stylish brick and paving designs.

Product development, coordinated through Corobrik’s ISO-IEC 17025 accredited central laboratory, aims for continuous enhancement of quality and performance in line with changing design trends and innovative new applications.

Corobrik has regional offices across South Africa and a national network of accredited dealers.

Production facilities operate in accordance with international best practice and quality assurance, ensuring that all products comply with industry standards and the classification against which they are manufactured and sold.

Five Corobrik factories have ISO 9001:2000 accreditation; another 10 are working towards this goal. All adhere to the Minerals and Mine, Health and Safety Acts and manufacturing processes are based on sound environmental practices.

Corobrik is committed to BEE and the upliftment and economic empowerment of previously disadvantaged communities.

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