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Corobrik’s face brick adds value to new Olympus rental development

Boardwalk-Heights-1When planning the construction of the latest rental initiative in Olympus, Pretoria, Central Developments once again opted for Corobrik’s durable range of clay face bricks.

High demand for rental property in Pretoria East stimulated the creation of the impressive Boardwalk Heights development which consists of 369 rental flats.

Construction of the two-bedroom units began in November last year with 180 flats already occupied and final construction of the remaining units set for March 2016.

Project Manager, Carel Wentzel, said the development would go a long way in meeting the demand for entry-level property in the area.

“This is a major “rental model” development and it is in the right node,” explained Wentzel. “There is quick access to major roads and the development is also conveniently located near shopping centres and schools.”

There are 41 three-story blocks of flats, mostly facing the green area towards the north, with nine units per block. Each unit has two bedrooms, a bathroom and an open-plan kitchen and living area totalling 56m2. Ground floor units have a 6m2 covered patio, first floor units have a covered balcony and second floor units have “Romeo” balconies with a sliding door opening onto the living room.

The buildable plot size is 33 210Ha overlooking a 90Ha nature reserve which allows for hiking and biking trails.

Gert Claassen of Gert Claassen Architects said 1 366 000 Moroccan Red Travertine and 658 000 Nebraska Travertine face bricks were selected for the low maintenance and aesthetic characteristics.

“The deep red face brick was used throughout the ground story with the two higher levels constructed in the lighter Nebraska Travertine,” explained Claassen. “The light brickwork of the upper two levels is broken up by a horizontal line of two red brick courses above the windows of the first story. The horizontal pattern is further broken by strong, vertical elements such as stairwells, balconies and pipe ducts.”

Corobrik’s Gary Westwood said the excellent working relationship Corobrik has with Central Developments is owed, in a large part, to the high-quality, low maintenance face brick that provides a real “homely” feel.

“Lifetime maintenance is always a priority concern when it comes to the construction of rental units and, being such a sizable development, face brick is the most cost-effective option in the long run.”

Westwood explained that the Moroccan Red Travertine and Nebraska Travertine made for an attractive development while counteracting the costs involved in plastering and re-painting.

“The solid brickwork also satisfies emotive issues linked to one’s home, offering security and a real sense of home.”

Apart from the residential blocks on site, the development also features a gatehouse, garden store, and utility building with administrative offices.