Cederberg clay pavers from brick manufacturer, Corobrik, are enhancing the prestigious Dainfern Valley Estate on the banks of the Jukskei River, one of the most sought-after areas in the Johannesburg-Gauteng region, which was developed to provide a quality lifestyle in a secure and natural environment.
The 307 houses of between 400 and 1 200m2 in size are sited on stands ranging from 900 to 1 600m2 in 17 hectares of landscaped parkland and river area with abundant wildlife. Access to the open areas has been made easier for residents with 3,7km of paved walkways.
Style & Craft Paving has since ordered another 63 600 pavers to complete the next phase at Dainfern Valley Estate. “We started the first phase of the project in November 2012 and, on top of the 5 259m2 of walkways currently in place, we have been contracted to complete ‘Vincent Park’ and the ‘Green Belt’, amounting to another 1,1km (1 439m2) of paving,” said owner, Keith Turner.
“The Cederberg clay pavers were the natural choice for the project. Their quality matches the beauty and upmarket nature of the estate,” Turner said.
Practical, durable and appealing
Residents of Dainfern Valley Estate can enjoy the abundant wildlife on the manicured banks of the Jukskei River, including leguan, porcupine and magnificent bird life in beautiful open spaces. Access to these areas has been made easier for residents with the inclusion of 3,7km of paved walkways.
“Clay pavers are earthy and have a long life-span. Being clay, with its inherent colour fastness and hard wearing nature, a decade later they look as good as the day they were laid,” said Dirk Meyer, managing director of Corobrik.
“The Stretcher Bond pattern works well from a practical point of view as it looks neat, easily following the contour of the paths. Once laid in this pattern, the pavers are aesthetically pleasing and give the impression of an elongated path. Another advantage is that there is no wastage of pavers. They can also be lifted and re-laid easily without any damage if maintenance needs to be undertaken underneath the pathways.”
The success of the project can be measured by the response of the users, according to Turner. “Often, when I do site inspections at the estate, I have walkers and joggers stopping and complementing us on great work and saying that the pavers have improved the look and quality of the paths.”
Turner says that paving is a science and a costly exercise that cannot be taken lightly. “Reputable, established paving companies like Style & Craft Paving, who have been in the business for 26 years, are constantly having to repair badly laid paving. We would like to see every paving company become a member of the Master Builders Association as this would give consumers confidence in the building and paving industry and recourse if needed.