Corobrik’s face brick range have been used in several inner-city rejuvenation schemes across the country. The latest project that has used face bricks is Heritage View development in Brickfields, Newtown Johannesburg.
The quality, durability and overall affordability of Corobrik’s face brick range has seen it form part of inner city rejuvenation.
“Corobrik’s strapline of ‘Building a Better Tomorrow Together’ embraces the need to provide quality housing where people work, drawing people back to the Central Business Districts. Unfortunately, in many instances they have become rundown and neglected across the country,” explained Musa Shangase, Corobrik’s Commercial Director.
Corobrik has supplied many inner-city rejuvenation projects where face brick has been used. These include Randburg, Hillbrow, Berea, Yeoville, Thembelihle Village in Pretoria, Townlands in Marabastad as well as several Gauteng locations.
Newtown in Johannesburg is the latest low-cost housing development. Johannesburg Housing company constructed this accommodation using one million Corobrik Terracotta satin face bricks. For this project, Corobrik remained true to its commitment of urban improvement by providing the product at a special rate.
Contract manager, Juan Abrahamse of Tyris Construction said the eight-block development consists of 164 middle-class homes, strategically designed using the face brick and plaster façade.
“Corobrik’s face brick is extremely good quality while also being comparative in cost,” said Abrahamse. “They are a good choice for the inner-city area as they have sound insulation properties that make for a better living environment. We introduced aesthetic appeal through the use of varying coloured plaster panels, alternating with the face brick. The combination of face brick and plastered panels creates an upmarket, city look.”
Cost is important to inner-city rejuvenation projects so Corobrik is often selected as the company can offer a wide range of bricks across all prices.
“We are able to save costs in the long term because of the thermal efficiency of clay brick. Brick is slow to heat in summer and retains warmth in winter,” expanded Shangase. “The high-rise nature of these projects also means that the structures are exposed to the elements.
Maintenance-free Corobrik face bricks leaves the building looking clean and neat, compared to painted structures which show dirty marks, cracks and weathering. Return on investment for the building’s owner is enhanced as there is no need for expensive scaffolding when re-paint.”
Corobrik’s Shangase added that face brick, also creates a more fire-resistant building, improving safety measures in such high density residential areas. The natural clay substance doesn’t emit any volatile organic compounds, making the building a healthier environment in which to live.