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elcome landscaping industry to our inaugural Pro Landscaper Coffee Table Edition.

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We have, over the past few years, encountered some outstanding projects which represent a very high calibre of work within the outdoor design, build and maintenance professional sectors in SA. We have seen everything from undulating residential gardens and thoughtful public spaces, to reimagined learning facilities and picturesque wine farms, plazas, piazzas and commercial office parks within the hustle and bustle of urban spaces.

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We have thus decided to dedicate an edition to these spaces and congregate fantastic examples of best practise design into an edition that we can keep on our firm’s coffee tables, use as a point of reference and showcase the outstanding work being produced by our profession. From developers and landscape architects, to contractors, municipalities, suppliers, growers and everyone involved in moving our industry forward, we hope you enjoy the read.

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CONTENTS

CONTENTS COFFEE TABLE EDITION 1

01 | NOTABLE DEVELOPMENTS

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03 | PUBLIC SECTOR

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Outside In-Inside Out Square One Landscape Architects

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SASOL Head Office Insite Landscape Architects

14-15 The Urban Sanctuary Square One Landscape Architects

16-19 The Meeting Place The Ochre Office Landscape Architects

20-23 One on Mutual Insite Landscape Architects

24- 27 Modern Meets Indigenous Countryline Africa, Design by Daniel Rebel

02 | EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES

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Therapeutic Landscaping: Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital GREENinc Landscape Architects & Life Landscapes

Upgrading University Avenue OvP Associates

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Life’s a Beach Earthworks Landscape Architects

A Study in Sustainability Neal Dunstan for University of Pretoria

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State of Play Habitat Landscape Architects

Landscaping the Journey Boogertman & Partners

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Street Smart City Parks, City of Cape Town, Nicole Strong

Menlyn Learning Hub Boogertman & Partners

68-71 The Learning Curve Leon Kluge for Botanical Gardens

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06 | FLOORING BUYERS GUIDE

Upskill for Hope Habitat Landscape Architects

Spirit of Place Uys & White Landscape Architects

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04 | ESTATE/ LODGE

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A Whole New World Gibb: Landscape Architecture Department

Thesis: Discovering Intent Maryke van der Merwe

80-83 Heaven of Earth cndv landscape architects

103-105 Luxury Living GREENinc Landscape Architects

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120-121 Duraturf

122-123 Lafarge Artevia

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05 | RESIDENCE

Italcotto’s 2cm Porcelin Pavers

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Everything’s Coming up Roses OvP Associates

Concrete Concepts Hortcouture Landscape Architects

Seamless Flooring Systems PLAYSAFE

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Namibian Charm GREENinc Landscape Architects

Architecture Acquaints itself with Nature Gillian Holl

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"The Sasol building is a testament to the vision and skill of the entire professional team appointed to this iconic structure. This landscape design will be referred to, spoken about and visited for years to come. It is truly a benchmark in the South African context and a project to be proud of."

THE HOME OF SASOL A Mammoth development which is now home to Sasol’s headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg has been the talk of the town this year. This beautifully modern development has adopted environmentally sustainable practices and been awarded a 5-Star Green Star design category rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa. A range of natural habitats have been created, with individual indigenous biomes attracting SA’s wildlife, insects and birds, on the external decks, within the grounds, as well as on the rooftop of the building. Insite Landscape Architects were part of the incredible team that brought this development to life and were appointed during stage one of the project, giving design input and some design guidance at initiation phase. This played an important co-ordination role through all work stages of this award-winning development, undoubtedly one of the most iconic buildings in Southern Africa. Location: Sasol Headquarters, Sandton Time-frame: May 2015 – October 2016 Cost: R15.3 million Size: ±6000 m²

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Intent of the Project: Sasol’s landscape design concept strongly draws on three primary aspirations: The first is to provide the building with a base and perimeter that is almost entirely a greened zone. This solution nestles the architecture softly into its surrounding context and also assists in the beautification of views both out of and towards the building. The second aspiration is to provide a landscape that is as fluid and interactive as the architecture it supports. The landscape patterning thus reflects the design lines of the building. The third influence develops in response to, and in celebration of, the Sasol Group’s clear commitment to the conservation of natural habitats and environments. The landscape design focuses on creating gardens and spaces that are aligned with the patterns of nature, encourage biodiversity (biomes), and allow for the preservation of a delicate balance and understanding that hangs between man and the environment. Context: The landscape design encompasses different spaces; ground level, the interior and exterior spaces of the podium level on top of the super basement, the 5th floor, and the 10th floor. The building concept for this state‐of‐ the-art development was inspired by Sasol’s various business units surrounding a nucleus and consists of a central core and integrated floor‐plate with bridges that lead to the various departments. The contemporary workplace design allows for free movement both vertically and horizontally throughout the building. Interestingly, the iconic S-shaped floating glass structure is also the first development that will lead the way in opening up the next new precinct on Katherine Street. The notions listed in the “Intent” section translate into organic and flowing planting, water features, and hard landscape lines. These lines are introduced even at one’s first experience of the building as one is drawn up into the sweeping entrance, enveloped up off the street into a space that bridges two expansive reflection pools and welcomes one into the sculptural volume that is the Sasol

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Headquarters. The integration of the outdoors and the indoors is immediately visible. The large entrance reflection pools continue their sweep into the main atrium and encompass the circulation route up from the basement, and pockets of forest filter the element of greening in from outside. The landscape design of the planters, paving, planter walls, and water features is completely integrated to a very high standard – nothing jars the eye. As one moves around the building on Street Level, Podium Level and the upper terraces, one experiences the different biomes created through specific planting selection in the landscape design. The planter walls rise and fall organically, containing rolling and sweeping berms and a forest of indigenous trees. The walls also transform in portions to become seating elements. These planter walls weave in and out, creating sculptural spaces that open up to the sky and that will, with the aid of integrated lighting designs, come to life at night. The undulating language in this garden, informed by the architectural forms that it surrounds, defines the landscape design philosophy, which is stitched through into all external and terrace areas. Fluid paths lead the visitor out onto the Podium Level landscape, serene and encompassing, allowing for the thoughtful absorption of current and future art pieces and sculptural elements. Winding pathways guide visitors through the full and rich biome vegetation displays, that celebrate and showcase carefully selected indigenous trees and shrubs that are specifically known for their bird and butterfly attracting characteristics, possibly allowing too for the display of information from the Sasol Birding Collection. In order to realise a design of this magnitude, a few things needed to be taken into account: Easy access to and from the building podium level had to be maintained. Materials needed to be hoisted to the 5th and 10th floors on a building façade that cantilevers outwards. The Green Star requirements in terms of total percentage of planted areas needed to amount to 30%.

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SUPPLIERS Paving Bosun & Smartstone 011 310 1176 Decking & Wooden Furniture Truestyle Hard Landscaping Solutions 011 768 1305 Landscape Elements Igneous Concrete 011 827 7425 Exterior Landscape Bidvest Top Turf 087 286 5625 Interior Landscape Life Indoors 011 959 1000 Water Feature Waterscapes 074 541 5605 Steel Landscape Elements Badec Bros 012 460 7990 Artificial Lawn Easigrass JHB 087 550 6307 Procurement of trees Plantwise 082 411 8812 Irrigation Design Controlled Irrigation 011 608 0767 Project Information & Project Landscape Architects Ferdie Haefele Neal Schoof Lighting: Quad Africa - 011 455 1865 Lighting Innovations - 011 444 1168

"Fluid paths lead the visitor out onto the Podium Level landscape, serene and encompassing, allowing for the thoughtful absorption of current and future art pieces and sculptural elements."

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There was also a restricted material load on all slabs – Insite had to design the landscape with both soil and void formers. Storm‐water management was an aspect that had to be taken into consideration. Trees planted on the project needed to be large scale at installation to bring balance between building and landscape. Sun/Heat reflection from the building façade influenced the planting design. Creating sufficient soil depth for trees on the Slab was very important, as was attracting different species of birds and butterflies. Insite needed to design fluent paving lines, linking with lines of the building's architecture. Design Solutions: For easy access the VIP ramp area was mainly used to get landscape materials to the Podium level. Because of the large scale of the project and the involvement of so many different elements that needed to be installed at different timeframes, it was very important to liaise and co‐ordinate delivery and installation dates. Through this management there was always a clear and accessible route to the podium level. Hoisting materials ‐ the steel planters were custom designed for the 10th and 5th floors. Taking transport methods and crane hoisting abilities into consideration, the planters were manufactured in specific unit sizes which could be hoisted without damaging the building glass façade. The separate units were then installed and fixed on site. For Green Star requirements. The design focused on the 30% landscape area in relation to the site boundary area. A large

permeable grass block planted surface area was introduced at the VIP drop- off area to achieve the desired area. Restricted material load on slabs; a high density polystyrene was used in all planted areas underneath light weight free draining planting medium to minimize load on slab. With regards to storm water management ‐ Layer works under the paving areas have a thick nofines layer for drainage and a sloped screed on top of slab that drains to surrounding full bores. Drainage covers inside the paving area were also designed to fit in with the design. A tree procurement contract was set up to procure the tree species two years before installation. The Sun/Heat reflection was resolved by the selection of certain plant species that could tolerate the heat reflection from the building and still form part of the initial design idea. Different biomes were introduced around the building footprint, creating sufficient soil depths using the undulating planter walls as a design tool, to rise and fall where necessary to create the desired planting depth. To attract different species of birds and butterflies, different biomes were introduced around the building footprint as you walk around. Each biome has specific species of plants that attract birds and butterflies. You experience a definite change in landscape character as well as the species of birds and butterflies that occur in that specific biome.

ABOUT Insite group are passionate about landscape architecture and conservation. They have the capacity for excellent service provision within the entire spectrum of landscape architecture. Insite group exercises professional indemnity, strives for and implements innovative design solutions. Having completed many prestigious projects nationwide, this firm can implement fast track projects successfully as part of a professional team scenario. Insite has an impeccable track record and works successfully with all members of a project team.

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THE URBAN SANCTUARY Square One Landscape Architects took on an incredible project in the Heart of Cape Town, The Towers at Merriman Square. The project is innovative and has been very well implemented, and is a new benchmark for the development of urban spaces in the City of Cape Town, including both stormwater management and water harvesting. It provides both passive recreation and education for pedestrians as well, which adds to its overall exemplary implementation.

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The Towers at Merriman Square Cape Town CBD, Western Cape Size: 4050m² Cost: R 10.5 Million (excl. VAT)

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he Towers development seeks to link two towers with a new building partially covering an unused plaza in the Foreshore area of Cape Town’s central business district. The Foreshore is located between the modern port of Cape Town and the historic city centre. This area was reclaimed from the sea in Table Bay between the 1930’s and 1940’s in an effort to create a more modern harbour precinct.Much of the Foreshore today is a result of modernist planning principles, many of which created harsh, inhospitable environments with very little consideration in creating desirable public spaces. In exchange for developmental rights above public land, the client, Redefine Properties, was required to upgrade the square at the Towers development and activate the building’s edges to re-energize the Foreshore. Square One were appointed to redesign this important but outdated urban square as an ‘urban sanctuary’ within the stark Foreshore environment. The super canopy & planting counter this through manipulation of scale, enclosure & light to create the generous and welcoming urban room. The project began with an initial masterplanning exercise for the City of Cape Town which reimagined the foreshore in terms of Landscape Urbanism, integrating storm-water management strategies with a sheltered network of green infrastructure to provide respite from the exposed foreshore environment. As Cape Town is a water stressed environment Square One designed sustainable urban drainage systems as the structuring elements for public place-making while facilitating convenient pedestrian movement and connections to the public transport network. Rainwater is harvested from the roofs of the parking garage and stored in tanks to irrigate the expansive green façades that span the sides of the new building. Overflow water is directed down the enormous support columns within the square and directed into relaxation chambers that dissipate the energy from the fall, slowing down the water before it is channelled gently into vegetated bio-filtration basins. The basins sustain indigenous wetland species & recharge the water table which minimises the need for outdated storm-water infrastructure.

SUPPLIERS Contractors: Murray & Roberts - 011 456 6200 Umzali Civils - 021 881 3512 Water in Motion - 083 227 5950 Interplant Horticulture - 021 447 1369 Plumbsteel - 082 770 0757 World of Decorative Concrete 021 982 0006 Paving: Highland Paving - 021 521 1480 Inca Concrete - 021 904 3636 Decking: Timber Leisure - 021 824 2007 Universal Timber - 012 507 2628 Lighting: QDP Lighting & Electrical Design - 021 913 2277 Regent Lighting - 021 552 7622 Starke Contrast - 021 555 1927 Bellco Lighting - 012 819 1683 Consulting Team: Urba, Boogertman + Partners, Aurecon, QDP, BFH de Jager, LDM Quantity Surveyors indigenous fynbos species add biodiversity and create seasonal interest. The detailing of the square evokes a marine/wharf environment, referencing the geology and landscape that existed before the foreshore was reclaimed. The ground-breaking project uses infrastructure to create an enticing environment for people while enhancing ecological function. The square is immensely popular & has transformed the perception of open space & resilient design. This project makes a valuable contribution to the Foreshore of Cape Town, touching numerous people on a daily basis and is a world-class project, which will enrich South African Landscape Architecture.

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T HE M E E T I NG P L AC E Alice Lane is an urban development in Sandton, Johannesburg. With landscape phasing spanning over many years, this site was developed for Pivotal Property Investment Fund + Abland, with Abland leading the process of development throughout its various stages. Alice Lane Precinct Phase III & Piazza is the third of the phases Karen Marais has been involved in, initially beginning phase I whilst working for the renowned Insite Landscape Architects, and then tackling phases II and III once she had begun her own firm, The Ochre Office, in 2013. Her and her team have thus had the pleasure of working through the process that has brought this incredible development to life.

Size: 8250 m2 Timeline: 01 Dec 2014 – 28 Feb 2017 (2 years 3 months) Cost: R10.2 Million Location: Sandton, Johannesburg

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Project History The Alice Lane Precinct essentially incorporates 3 individual buildings, connected over one super-basement. The full site extends from the corner of Fredman and 5th up to and southwards along Alice Lane. All three buildings spill out onto the common Piazza Level, designed and landscaped to serve as a seamless integration of the separate phases. The client and project team saw the potential of creating publicly accessible space in the centre of prime commercial properties. This piazza space not only acts to glue the development as one but opens it out to the street, affording users and tenants the freedom to move easily between offices, shops, services and surrounds. The site slopes dramatically from Alice Lane down to Fredman Drive, allowing the Piazza to integrate at street level on Alice Lane but affording spectacular views over the NorthWestern Suburbs on the Fredman boundary. The Design Allowing the precinct to be accessible from all directions and opening it to the street edge was the principal objective of the project. It was paramount to create on the ground level of the three buildings, an active zone that encouraged engagement constantly www.prolandscaper.co.za

throughout the day and night. Accessibility and appeal to the businessmen and woman to utilize the space was at the forefront of the design concept. CORE CONCEPTS: Open edges: The development required open edges to the street, allowing free flow of pedestrian movement, pulling visitors inwards. Gateway: The landscape needed to differentiate itself, announcing your arrival into the precinct – “gateway” and “threshold” became important elements; Active core: The three buildings accumulate around a central zone – the heart of the piazza – and working closely with the Architects ensured that the functions that gathered around this core active the space and allow opportunity for gathering and business (cafes and restaurants spill out towards a central space that in turn can be used for functions and exhibitions etc.); Fluidity of design: With the brief encouraging that the piazza space spill between core and edges, the lines on

the ground naturally interpreted paths of movement, bleeding and sweeping below the buildings. Users of the precinct can walk freely between and underneath the building structures and the piazza sweeps through; Practicality and Affordability: The aim was to address user needs and function (rest, business, gathering, security, adaptability of space, maintenance, navigation, etc.) all the while considering structural, drainage, and level implications. The team repeated workshops that built up complex ideas and then stripped them down again to their simplest aspects to ensure they were affordable, buildable and addressed the core intentions of functionality. Simplification of Aesthetic: Common design language, construction-type and materiality were key but each zone of the precinct required various alignments/ combinations of those elements to differentiate the spaces and allow for interest in the design. The team had to harness five years’ worth of ideas,break them down and merge them together into a cohesive whole.

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SUPPLIERS Seating Tops and Pots: Igneous Concrete Vicky Grigoroglu - 082 443 0084 Tree Grilles: Mojeba Projects Morris - 082 449 5038 Sourcing Materials Much of the materiality of the design was decided in Phase I – the Marsh/Standard Bank building. Even at this early phase of the design, the team had to develop a palette of textures and forms that they could transfer/ extend out into the Piazza as the development progressed. The materials needed to be sustainable (in budget and supply) and, even at this stage, Karen and her team needed to find a design language that would have longevity and not run the risk of alienating itself from the next two phases (even though they didn’t know what the next two buildings would look like at that stage). The materials that were selected for continuity through the development were the Igneous Concrete seating panels, the Bosun granite paving brick, the Eva-last composite decking and of course general tones of grey, black and white which could easily be supplemented with colour as the project progressed. There were, like with most projects some obstacles that influenced the process. The unpacking of the slab was a notable aspect: The entire Piazza level is constructed as a suspended / raised Bondek slab over a load-bearing base penetron slab. The base slab was a blanket layer engineered to allow the piazza design the flexibility required to develop and change without requiring redesign of the structure. It acts as a drainage deck,

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and is tilted to allow for flow of storm water to the various outlet systems. A Bondek slab is then raised above this (300mm-1m average) above the base slab and would support the paved walkable zone. The “below board” complications that every team member can attest to are also notable, addressing drainage, support, planter depths and the routing of multiple infrastructure that services the piazza (water, irrigation, lighting, etc.) The intricate paving design was very tricky to document throughout the process and The Central Water Feature was not without its complications and had to be handled carefully and creatively to create a feature that dealt with the fluid element of water. Levels also played a part in the design implementation. Although all three buildings are set at basement level, their ground floors differ in levelling- implementing paving and flow whilst coordinating levelling was something that had to be taken into account. Planting selected had to be robust and generally low maintenance to account for the various climate zones amidst the piazza- some shaded areas are exposed to the chill and channeling of wind and some are exposed to the harsh sun. It was important to change the planting palette throughout the piazza to account for the different zones.

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Screens, Cladding and Decking: Decking4Africa Albert Swartz - 083 645 4616 Paving: Bosun and Smartstone Anita Zanin - 082 907 8201 Granite Tiles: Mazista Tiles Melissa Varga - 082 334 7910 Litter Bins: Badec Bros Edrich Badenhorst - 083 675 3566 Irrigation: Controlled Irrigation Sheldon Hutchinson - 011 608 0767 Lighting: Regent Lighting Lee-Anne Blyth - 011 474 0171 Art and Sculpture: Art and Sculpture Management: Parts&Labour Brendan Copesake - 084 455 0255 Sculpture_Synapse Marco Cianfanelli - 061 647 3082 Tile Artwork_ Alice Lane Staircase Lorenzo Nassimbeni - 073 462 4437 Plant Sourcing Tshala Plant Brokers Gail Dreyer - 082 413 8997 Photographs Supplied By: Paragon Architects www.prolandscaper.co.za


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ABOUT THE OCHRE OFFICE (PTY) LTD

MEET THE TEAM The Contracting Team: Main Contractor: WBHO Construction Paving and Tiling: REE Paving Water Feature: Water’scapes Landscape Contractor: Life Landscapes Consultant Team: L&S Consulting Engineers Quanticost Quantity Surveyors Piazza Lighting Design Paul Pamboukian Lightdesign Paragon Architects

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The Ochre Office (Pty) Ltd is a professional design firm specializing in Landscape Architecture. Established in 2013, the company continually strives for excellence in design, planning and contract management, undertaking projects that vary in size and typology be they private, commercial, industrial, or recreational and community sites. We see our role as Landscape Architects firmly and fundamentally seated in the formulation of connections between people, their built environments and their natural surrounds – understanding the interactions between form, texture, space and function. It is within this notion of connectedness that we seek to design smart, sustainable, environmentally responsive and appropriately integrated landscape solutions.

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NOTABLE DEVELOPMENTS Location: Church Square, Pretoria Size: ±1100m². (Hard & Soft Landscape areas for 4th floor and street level) Cost: R1.3million Timeline: May 2015 - March 2017

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he brief of this project was to design a contemporary play area on the Podium level of a new multi-use residential development. The created space was to be a safe place that caters for multiple social functions and various age groups. The play area was to have a contemporary aesthetic with sculptural elements acting as a visually pleasing installation from inside the residential units. The Intent was to create a social space with contemporary aesthetic and fluid forms, that is both multifunctional and accessible to various age groups. To explore the sculptural play theme through elements that stimulate children’s sense of shape, colours and textures. To maintain a balanced hard and soft surface ratio that helps regulate the heat island effect and, incorporate a diverse planting palette that adds ecological value. Context: With regard to context, the play space is located within the confines of a new multi-use residential development, and responds mainly to the architecture and functions of the residential development. Design Excellence: The raised composite walkway acts as a unifying design element along which the spatial elements and activities occur. Fluid design forms and lines are utilized to add a dynamic component to the space and give the space a contemporary aesthetic. The play area spaces consist of north and south play pits and an open multifunctional space on the western periphery, the play pits and multifunctional space are surfaced with Easigrass Kensington artificial turf for impact absorption. The raised walkway has varying widths with seating spaces along the wider sections of the walkway. Steps are incorporated along the walkway for easy access. The raised composite walkway material consists of 1 22m² of Enviro-deck’s Legacy composite decking range. The sculptural play elements were developed specifically to stimulate children’s sense of space, shapes and colour. The elements were custom made from mild steel and composite timber which exploit a variety of textures (e.g. smooth steel versus uneven timber surfaces).

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Three play pods are haphazardly mounted in the north play pit while a vertical play element is mounted in the south play pit. The pergolas also take on sculptural forms and frame the play area on the northern edge while providing shade for the seating spaces. Ecosystem services: A selection of robust and predominantly indigenous planting to attract fauna is utilized in the raised planters and concrete pots to add ecological value and create a natural habitat within the urban space. The planting palette comprises trees as well as shrubs and groundcovers. Sustainability and Resilience in accordance with sustainable design practice: A balanced hard and soft surface ratio contributes toward minimizing heat island effect within the urban space. The raised planters are irrigated by means of drip irrigation technology to minimize water use. The Composite decking used for the raised walkway surface is an eco-friendly material that

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is manufactured from recycled wood fibre and recycled polyethylene plastic. Some of the issues that were identified include: 1.

Permeability and easy access to and from the building entrance points had to be maintained.

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Steel play elements, concrete pots, paving and planting (including six 400 litres, ten 200 litres and six 100 litres trees) as well as 145 mÂł soil medium had to be carried up four floors for installation.

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How these were overcome: To ensure permeability and easy access, the design solution comprises integrated spaces along a raised composite walkway. The walkway is also designed such that it allows cross-movement through the play area for easy access to building entrance points. Potential heat island effect is minimized by the use of large raised planters and concrete pots, with planting and large trees to create a balanced hard and soft surface ratio as well as add an ecological benefit. Storm-water is managed through the use of permeable surfaces throughout the play area to allow for easy drainage of excess stormwater to sloped screed below that drains to the surrounding full-bores. To minimize the material load, light-weight free draining planting medium was used with a Zipcore drainage layer. Provision was made for a 50T crane to convey the steel play elements, concrete pots, paving and planting as well as 145 mÂł soil medium to the podium level on the fourth floor space. The mild steel play elements and pergola designs allowed for construction of separate components for easy transportation and later assembly on site.

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Maxwell Office Park, Gauteng Size: +- 22 000m² Total Landscaped Area Duration: April 2014 – December 2016 Cost: +- R 13 million

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MODERN MEETS INDIGENOUS Set on one of Midrand’s most sought after development sites, this build ticks all of the boxes when it comes to a modern office environment. Countryline Africa, contracted to build the design and vision of landscape architect Daniel Rebel, succeeded in implementing a clean, indigenous landscape which supersedes the brief.

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“Overall the design and landscaping contrasts against the modern architecture of the buildings and the peripheral planting and trees assist in bringing some scale to the buildings, allowing them to blend into the landscape rather than just sit in it.�

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axwell Office Park is an upmarket office development in the heart of Waterfall City in Midrand. Developed by Atterbury for Attacq, the park was completed in 4 phases and is made up of 7 office buildings, with a central conference centre and coffee shop. Each phase was executed as a separate contract and in many cases the main contractor differed from phase to phase which was challenging from a continuity point of view. The Brief The client wanted a modern upmarket office development to act as the centre piece for the business node at the Waterfall City Development. The landscaping had to be bold, sleek and in many cases functional in order to tie the various phases of the park together and create an inviting and flowing link between all of the buildings and facilities. Although Danie Rebel from DRLA had the overall landscape design and integration master plan firmly in place from the start, the phasing of the project meant that each section was treated as a separate design, with its own irrigation and hard landscaping elements. This meant that the tying-in of Phases to one another was tricky to ensure the seamless flow between each building and the outdoor spaces created by the modern, bold design. Special attention must be drawn to the quality of the materials used throughout and the numerous bespoke landscape elements and furniture created within the development. One of the biggest challenges experienced was the tight programmes and deadlines to deliver the buildings as tenants had already signed leasesone of which was Attacq whose offices are located in Building 2. Each phase needed to

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be delivered on spec and on time, ensuring that co-ordination and teamwork was required by all parties. The Landscaping The landscaping comprises of all indigenous planting and lawn with the exception of the All Seasons Evergreen lawn installed on the podiums at each building. The design has created private outdoor entertainment areas for each building and a seamless network of pedestrian pathways, intensive planting, flowing lawns and a passive outdoor spaces in the green belts between each phase of the development. Storm-water attenuation is also handled within the landscaped areas although they blend effortlessly into the landscape and are hardly noticeable. Overall the design and landscaping contrasts against the modern architecture of the buildings and the peripheral planting and trees assist in bringing some scale to the buildings, allowing them to blend into the landscape rather than just sit in it. Sourcing the Materials As with most projects of this nature, sourcing of the various materials required can be tricky and quality was Countrylines number 1 priority. Long standing relationships with regular suppliers ensured that their in-house procurement team were not only able to source the required materials for the scope of work, but also had a chance to source and supply materials for the main contractors who asked for assistance with some special items. They were also able to draw from their own nursery stock (where Countryline grows popular plant and tree species or specific plants for projects.

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Founded in 1999, Countryline Africa, sister company to Countryline Landscapes, continued to grow throughout the years. In the latter half of 2013 the trading elements of Countryline Landscapes were incorporated into Countryline Africa allowing for a clearer focus on the business and the future of the company. Over the past four years Countryline Africa cc has grown tremendously. Managed by two founding members, Richard Wijnberg and Kellington Mahlaule, Countryline Africa has successfully established itself within the industry and has been involved in numerous large scale developments, boasting a number of awards for their work over the past 18 years. Countryline Africa prides itself on the relationships it has built with clients and fellow contractors and their attitude for achieving excellence at all costs is reflected in all that they do.

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A Brief History Northgate Island was originally developed to capitalise on Canal Walk’s buzzing retail traffic, however, the development battled vacancy since inception and needed a re-imaginedspace to resurrect its initial intent. Subsequently, 85 percent of the 18 000sqm property was acquired for R110 million in a joint venture between Arbitrage Property Fund and Buffet Investment Services with the intention of repurposing the under-performing asset through conversion into an office park, created to provide an affordable, well-positioned offering with ample parking and gorgeous views of Table Mountain to complete its appeal. This redevelopment project represents a further investment of R30 million by the development group. The Brief This project was conceptualized and entered into a design competition that sought to reimagine an existing car park ramp as a multipurpose meeting, recreation, and event space. This spiral ramp structure forms the core of the long four-story building. Mark Saint Pôl, Director of Square One Landscape Architects, together with his team, won this competition and were thus commissioned to transform the ramp into a unique amenity that would attract dynamic new tenants to the development. The Skycatcher The Skycatcher concept provides a unique urban place-making opportunity through the creation of a consolidated façade of vertical greenery. Climbing plants wrap the ramp structure, creating an eye-catching cylinder of green. A carefully engineered slice through the concrete ramp allows sunlight to stream down onto a large reflecting pool at the base of the structure, while an amphitheatre provides opportunities for gatherings alongside the reflecting pool. Here, visitors can experience the sky and the inner green-draped walls reflected in the pool. For those wanting to take a break from their office environment, seating areas along the ramp offer breakaway spaces for lunch and relaxation. A beer garden and food stalls adjacent to the ramp have been designed

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to provide sustenance. The arbour-like ramp functions as an ambulatory or open air gallery and opens up to reveal the sky above and panoramic views of Devils Peak and Table Mountain. The Skycatcher brings the outside in, and draws the inside out – creating spaces rich in sensory experience and balances built and natural elements, to create a valuable and unique urban place. Stephen Whitehead, director of Boogertman + Partners Architects, explains that the extensive redevelopment and refurbishment infrastructurally includes transforming the facade by cutting back the roof overhang and placing a new fascia to provide a fresh identity. "We are creating a sense of movement and dynamism to reflect the energy from the activity on one of the best used highway junctions in Cape Town. Northgate Park is set not only to benefit those using the buildings but should act as a catalyst for the further transformation of its environs." SUPPLIERS

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Design Concept Realised Translating the design concept into construction details was not without complexity. However, complexity and constraints can lead to interesting design solutions when done well. The gradient of the original vehicular ramp was not only inconsistent, but it also cambered and tilted in many directions. The team were able to overcome this by creating a series of stepped timber terraces and articulated planters. These terraced rooms provide a range of spaces for various groups of people to gather at lunch or for an informal meeting. The addition of the decking created a further opportunity to conceal the electrical and irrigation services. The desire to bring sunlight into the space meant that a portion of the ramp had to cut away which

caused some structural challenges for the engineers. In addition, the incorporation of the planters and decking did mean that the already limited load bearing capacity of the ramp was stretched. This was in turn resolved with the incorporation of lightweight polystyrene boards within the planters to reduce the weight of the planting medium on the existing concrete slab. Fluctuations in the exchange rate meant that the stainless steel mesh that had been specified for the ramp facades was no longer affordable. Again the team were able to design a locally manufactured alternative that matched the desired effect. The final result shows what can happen when a creative and experienced project team work together to turn complex design challenges into meaningful and enjoyable places.

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The Brief The brief for this project was the provision of a new building in the form of a 400 seat lecture theatre at the southern termination of University Avenue. It was seen by the Client as an opportunity to provide spatial definition and visual coherence to an unresolved area previously occupied by the Janitor’s Residence.

special focus on the proposed pedestrianisation of University Avenue and the the upgrade of Residence Square (flanking the central axis on Jameson Hall) and the conceptual integration of the proposed new Lecture Theatre at the southern end of Univesity Avenue.

The design was preceded by the appointment of OvP to undertake a visual survey of the Upper Campus, the outcome of which was a study which established new Landscape Design Principles and Guidelines for the implementation of future work.

These informants were to be directly applied to guide the implementation and heritage inspired debate around the position, scale and form of the proposed Lecture Theatre either as a building to replace the Janitor’s House as a focal point at the end of the Avenue or as a building standing in line with the existing buildings on the curved armature of the Avenue.

OvP were subsequently commissioned to update the Landscape Master Plan with a

Commenced in mid 2012, the depth of this debate delayed the project substantially, but in

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the end sanity prevailed and the argument for the building conforming to the ‘line of soldiers standing to attention’ was accepted and the design moved forward into documentation and implementation. Throughout the design process, led by GAPPArchitects & Urban Designers, the clients objective was around conceiving a contemporary expression for the project, being linked, but not directly associated to the heritage core of the Upper Campus, and which would provide design informants for the phased upgrade of the Avenue which was likely to commence from the core outwards.

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SUPPLIERS In retrospect, the objectives were achieved, and the space forms a powerful ‘sense of place’ at the southern end of the campus and provides an inferred contemporary reference to the form and language of the central axis (Jameson Steps) in the context of a hillside campus defined by terraces cut into the slope and mediated by retaining walls and stairs. This project required carefull and rigorous integration with the design team, particularly with regard to heritage issues relating to the spatial continuity and landscape character of the existing campus. The landscape design response related directly to how the southern termination of University Avenue was to be achieved, both in terms of where the building was to be positioned and the form and landscape character mediated the slope and orientation of the site. The Design Summary The siting and massing of the building was informed by heritage principles relating to the evolution of the Upper Campus plan and the preservation of the spatial continuity of the avenue and heritage context. The spatial corridor formed by the curvature of the avenue, a shaft of space lined with fine, well

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ordered academic buildings, is intended to be incrementally pedestrianised but lacked visual coherence towards the southern end. The landscape response was therefore centred on the idea of anchoring the southern termination of the avenue and providing an inferred contemporary reference to the form and language of the central axis (Jameson Steps) in the context of a hillside campus defined by terraces cut into the slope and mediated by retaining walls and stairs.

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The building straddles the sloping topography and forms a double level foyer space opening onto a slightly elevated pedestrian square carefully designed to negotiate the level changes through a sequence of de-materialised steps and seating opportunities.

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The space wraps around the building, providing spatial and visual continuity to the pedestrian system.

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A feature of the building design is the continuity of the green facades of the historic core. In contrast to the traditional virginia creeper covered stipple plastered masonry walls, this is achieved by a more contemporary expression of a light steel trellis system plantfed with indigenous climbers over the full height of the glass façade. This element will provide seasonal shading and contributes to the green building design principles. The external learning spaces encourage informal social interaction and are defined by a gently sloping lawn embankment bathed in dappled shade from a large oak tree (carefully maintained during the course of construction), a vegetated storm water swale with pedestrian bridge, cycling facilities and indigenous planting palette. The project is the first at UCT to achieve a 4-star design rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa.

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Since its establishment in 1983, OvP Associates has grown to become a leading landscape architectural practice committed to improving the natural, cultural and environmental qualities of our environments. OvP offers integrated professional skills encompassing, landscape architecture, architecture, and environmental planning. OvP have had the privilege to work on a wide range of prestigious projects, including Vergelegen’s East & Rose Gardens, the V&A Waterfront, Green Point Park and the Cape Point and Table Mountain Visitors Amenities.

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halls, laboratories, an access road and parking for 1,000 cars. The design was already well advanced when Neal Dunstan, the university’s campus landscape architect, was appointed to the project in late 2011 and tasked with pushing ahead with the Study Centre plans. The site development plan was submitted in December 2011 and tender documentation prepared for February 2012, by which time a deal had been

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concluded between donors and the university to fund the centre. Construction of the centre started in April 2012, the bulk of the landscape works commenced in April 2013, and the project was completed by September 2013. The project fell within two of the university’s faculties, the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, and the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The site also fell within the 3.5ha Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden, bringing with it a legal obligation to www.prolandscaper.co.za


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maintain and develop this internationally recognised facility. The garden contained a number of protected trees and all were retained and incorporated into the final design. Dunstan worked hand in hand with Jason Sampson, the botanical garden’s curator, in the planning and design of the space. Since the mid 1950s, large portions of the University of Pretoria’s Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden had been lost to campus development. Created in 1934, the growing conditions were poor due to acidic soil conditions. The new building features a 1,700m2 roof, which placed considerable pressure on the overloaded stormwater infrastructure. This was the first project by the university to merge the landscape and building through blue-green engineering in a quest for a ‘living laboratory’.

THE DESIGN INCORPORATED THE COLLECTION, STORAGE, CLEANING AND RE-USE OF STORMWATER

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The design team studied stormwater management and theories by professors Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden, of the University of Sheffield in the UK, who were involved in the design of the London Olympic Village. The core of the design revolved around the concept of a ‘rain garden’, an engineered combination of specially selected plants, soils and mulch designed to collect, retain and cleanse rainwater that runs off impervious surfaces. Re-use of cleaned stormwater, in turn, enabled the creation of a microclimate for various species of flora and fauna. The study centre is one of the few buildings in the world to incorporate an integrated rain garden system. The system harvests 17,000 litres of water for every 10mm of rain from the study centre roof and has transformed a previously dead space around the Engineering 1 building into a successful water retention facility. A suitable microclimate enabled the university’s ‘hidden’ tropical African cycad (Encephalartos) collection to be transplanted so this missing part of the university’s acclaimed plant collection could be enjoyed by all. In total, 56 specimens from 22 species were replanted. A fine of R25,000 was worked into the Pro Landscaper Africa | Coffee Table Edition 1

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building contract for the protection of existing trees on the site and was applicable to all contractors/sub contractors. However, engineering lecture facilities beneath the Study Centre were not waterproofed so the traditional rain garden approach could not be applied there, leading to a hybrid solution. The issue of waterproofing and inadequate stormwater infrastructure was estimated to cost R8 million if resolved by conventional means. However, a UV-stable EPDM rubber liner, manufactured by Firestone, was selected to contain the water and prevent seepage to the lecture halls below. The liner, installed by Belgro

Landscaping, presented a challenge and a Firestone technical director visited the project to advise, resulting in a number of changes to the design, the majority of which led to a cost saving of about R6.5 million. The product has been tested as a liner for water reservoirs worldwide. It is durable, flexible, has a 300% stretch capability and can shift with any ground movement that may occur without stress to the installation. Clay soil placed on to the liner was sourced from the university’s Prinshof Lecture Complex and would otherwise have been discarded. All compost supplied for the project came from the university’s waste recycling and composting project. Clay-rich soil was placed on top of the liner.

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the roof and surrounding hard surfaces and being allowed to flow into vegetated swales, the kidneys of the system. From there, the cleansed water flows into a permanent pond and then on to tidal ponds. All excess water from these ponds flows into a 130m3 tank beneath the staircase that ramps on the western side of the study centre. This water is used to irrigate the botanical garden and to circulate the system so water is never static. Total capacity of the pond system (excluding the tank) is about 550m3. Dunstan explained that in addition to having a water harvesting function, the ponds operate as a treatment wetland and the reed beds have filtration ability. He said the permanent ponds were planted with water lilies, reeds and a few exotic (but non-invasive) ornamentals. In the wet season, the tidal ponds flood from stormwater

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run-off. The water in the system is continuously circulated through the swales and ponds. The

tidal pond has a valve system which allows the water level to be lowered in winter. In total, 160 indigenous and exotic aquatic and terrestrial plant species were used in the spaces in and around the system. Planting had to complement and facilitate the system’s bioremediation potential (a waste management technique that involves the use of organisms to remove or neutralise pollutants) and to keep the water clean as well as soften the hard lines of the building and create habitat for wildlife. All paving used in the project was recycled in one form or another. The in-situ concrete paving lifted during the demolition phase was retained and reused as permeable paving, cladding for pond walls, and energy breakers for stormwater entering the system. The blocks used for paving were partly sourced from waste material left over from platinum mining operations. All rock used in the landscape came from excavations on site and from another project in Groenkloof. Specially cast pavers by WilsonStone depict the logos of the Botanical Garden (cycad cone)

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and the Department of Plant Sciences (a baobab tree). The embossed pavers were also installed at the controlled access points. All copings were retained and used for repairs and as stepping stones. To prevent access to the deepest bodies of water retaining/seating walls, which are free flowing organic forms, were constructed to assist movement and help the visually impaired. Subtle, low-level LED wash lighting was added to the retaining/seating walls but, as a whole, external lighting to the Study Centre was kept to a minimum so as not to interfere with the natural day-night cycles of the plants, frogs and fish, which were introduced into the system for ecological purposes and also for research. Soft landscaping installation was carried out by Pretoria-based company Origin Landscapes. The project was presented to the California Horticultural Society and reached the final adjudication round of the International Sustainable Campus Network’s annual awards. It is also part of an ongoing worldwide research project on biomimicry in the UK by Professor Jas Pal Badyal, of the University of Durham. The garden hosts numerous research projects by students from the departments of Zoology, Plant Sciences and Engineering, with land art group Site Works conducting a year-long photographic project. To date, seven fish and three frog species are present in the garden. 1 Work begins around the Engineering 3 building on the university’s Hatfield Campus 2 Belgro Landscaping installs the EPDM liner 3 In total, 160 indigenous and exotic aquatic and terrestrial plant species were used Pictures: Neal Dunstan

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ABOUT NEAL DUNSTAN Neal Dunstan has been campus landscape architect at the University of Pretoria since March 2011. He won the 2015 ILASA President’s Award and Award of Excellence for the university’s Mining Engineering Study Centre Rain Harvesting Garden project. Since August, he has also been EXCO and Finance Committee chair for the South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession. www.linkedin.com/in/neal-dunstan-478b3417 www.prolandscaper.co.za

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Location: St Albans College, Pretoria Timeline of development: September 2015– January 2016 Area: 2000m2 Cost: R1 million

LANDSCAPING THE JOURNEY The Brief The project brief needed to fit the specific requirements of St. Albans College in Pretoria, which was to provide a function area to seat 1000 people for end of year prize giving events and other general events throughout the year. The existing dining hall and adjacent open space was identified for the development into a multi-purpose dining/function hall with sufficient spill-out space. The site gradient was such that terracing needed to be incorporated to create a level area for the 300m² covered roof extension.

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Boogertman + Partners create a usable common space for the prestigious St Albans School in Pretoria. A stylish, low maintenance and uncluttered meeting space for students, considering the school’s traditions, landmarks and symbolism of a journey from this phase into the next chapter of the pupils lives.

The roof extension slopes gently towards the existing façade, creating an open air covered seating area. The floor finish was designed to withstand external factors such and wind and water. The polished concrete finish has proven to be a stylish, robust and low maintenance proposal. The design approach was to respect existing student movement patterns. The approach to the hall was similar to a spider web. Students would approach the hall from all angles. The

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The movement patterns of students were carefully monitored to allow for ‘desire lines’ and strategically placed landscape elements as not to create clutter and allow for ease of flow. Due to the natural fall of the site, a series of landscaped terraces were created and planted with lawn to create informal seating areas. Internet access along these terraces as well as newly designed circular seating surrounding the existing trees provides essential internet access to all students.

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Another design criteria was to create an outdoor gathering space where students and their teachers could gather for the annual ‘journey’ event. The design criteria was to incorporate the school bell to allow each individual student to ring it before he departed on his journey. The design approach was to create an amphitheatre that would allow for the whole school including the parents to celebrate this and other milestone events. The natural drop allowed for circular terraces, with seating height to allow the whole school to gather A B D E F H J K L M N C G O around and be part each event.

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- All work is to be done in accordance with the National building Regulations. - All materials and workmanship are to comply with the relevant S.A.B.S. codes and or the specified international codes where applicable in the Architectural specifications. Where relevant South African National Standards, British Standards, BS codes of practice, or Agrément Certificates applicable to the design exists, the recommendations and requirements of such documents to be considered a minimum standard for the works. - The contractor shall in all aspects of the works comply with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No 85 of 1993) and any regulations promulgated in terms of that Act or the Factories Machinery and Building Works Act of 1941. The contractor shall set up, document and maintain a quality assurance and quality control system, in accordance with SANS 9001/ISO 9001, able to be checked to the satisfaction of the Architect, that all materials and workmanship, whatever their sources, meet the requirements of the Specification. Should the Contractor or any of his sub-contractors be certified to the SANS 9000 family of standards then monitor these works accordingly. - This drawing must be read in conjunction with all the relevant drawings, schedules and specifications from B+P and all other consultants related to the project. All portions of the works related to any service or consultant’s information is to be done in accordance with the National Building Regulations. - This drawing is not to be scaled. Figured dimensions to be used. All dimensions are in millimeters unless otherwise stated. - All dimensions and levels must be checked on site by the contractor before putting work in hand. - All work to be executed by competent persons qualified for the specific trade.

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The landscaping is a spill-out area for the Hamilton Hall extension.

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Pertinent to this project’s aesthetic was to design a landscape that would be visually pleasing in the day as well as in the evenings. The design approach was to create overhangs on all steps and terraces and fix linear led lighting along these edges. An illuminous landscape was created avoiding any uplighters that would be ecologically unfriendly. The design material palette was chosen carefully to create a minimalistic and uncluttered landscape. Materials were chosen to avoid any tripping and slipping. Surfaces flow easily from one to the next with a demarcated seating area not obstructing any natural pedestrian flow. Another design criteria was to create a landscape that was low maintenance. The school indicated that they would be happy to have less shrubs and groundcovers and more natural lawn areas. The existing Stinkwood trees were formalised into a stinkwood forest concept where 20new trees were planted to create a strong identity. The indigenous false olive indigenous trees were chosen for the lawn terraces. These trees would create a continuous ‘hedge in the sky’ effect, framing the amphitheatre without obstructing any views from the upper terraces on the lower end.

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- All work is to be done in accordance with the National building Regulations. - All materials and workmanship are to comply with the relevant S.A.B.S. codes and or the specified international codes where applicable in the Architectural specifications. Where relevant South African National Standards, British Standards, BS codes of practice, or Agrément Certificates applicable to the design exists, the recommendations and requirements of such documents to be considered a minimum standard for the works. - The contractor shall in all aspects of the works comply with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No 85 of 1993) and any regulations promulgated in terms of that Act or the Factories Machinery and Building Works Act of 1941. The contractor shall set up, document and maintain a quality assurance and quality control system, in accordance with SANS 9001/ISO 9001, able to be checked to the satisfaction of the Architect, that all materials and workmanship, whatever their sources, meet the requirements of the Specification. Should the Contractor or any of his sub-contractors be certified to the SANS 9000 family of standards then monitor these works accordingly. - This drawing must be read in conjunction with all the relevant drawings, schedules and specifications from B+P and all other consultants related to the project. All portions of the works related to any service or consultant’s information is to be done in accordance with the National Building Regulations. - This drawing is not to be scaled. Figured dimensions to be used. All dimensions are in millimeters unless otherwise stated. - All dimensions and levels must be checked on site by the contractor before putting work in hand. - All work to be executed by competent persons qualified for the specific trade.

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Established in 1982, with offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, and Kenya, Boogertman + Partners engages in projects throughout Africa and beyond continually embracing social, economic, and functional challenges through Human Centered Design. Having gained national and international acclaim, Boogertman + Partners has successfully completed projects throughout Africa. They are driven by a dynamic team of directors who share a vision for contextually responsible and innovative design; with a dedicated approach to the building process from project inception to execution. The team is complimented by talented professionals- urban designers, landscape HAMILTON HALL architects, interior designers, architects, EXTENSION and technicians, including an in-house PRETORIA graphic design and marketing team. Boogertman + Partners are a gold founder of the Green Building Council.

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PRETORIA 2nd Floor, The Point Offices, 1133 Duncan Str, Brooklyn Tel: (012) 747 4600 Fax: 086 268 5505 PO Box 12526,Hatfield / 0028 mail@boogertmanpta.co.za JOHANNESBURG Tel: (011) 790 1600 Fax: (011) 463 1197

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CITRINE EFFICIENCY FOR MARKING AND LANDSCAPE LIGHTING The Citrine was developed to take up the challenge of creating both efficient visual guidance and a pleasant atmosphere for the environment in which it is installed. This high-quality and cost-effective lighting solution is available in two sizes (Mini and Midi). It is offered in a symmetrical distribution with a diffuse protector for maximised comfort. The photometry has been designed to allow maximum spacing between the bollards, thus lowering the investment. The Citrine has been designed to: · Be compact and versatile · Maximize savings in energy and maintenance costs · Provide visual comfort and an enjoyable ambiance · Last longer due to the ThermiX® concept · Operate in a wide temperature span: from -20° up to +50°C · Have a surge protection of 10kV If you are looking for a refined design which provides visual comfort and is easy to install with maximum savings, then the CITRINE is a product you would like to use. Mini

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THE LEARNING HUB In mid-2015 Feenstra Group commenced with a construction project of the all new inspiring and inviting Menlyn Learning Hub. The Menlyn Learning Hub is a new five story educational establishment in Menlyn, Pretoria.

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Size: 1,2 Ha Time: 18 months (completion mid 2016) Cost: R4,5 million

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Feenstra Group has constructed an immersive learning environment to house the Menlyn Learning Hub and its new academic staff at this location. Currently the building capacity can accommodate 2500 students with future phases to increase the student numbers to 8000 and also meets the CTI and MGI criteria. The project was completed towards the end of August 2016.

SUPPLIERS Landscape Contractor Life Landscapes Ida-Marie Strydom 011 959 1000 Artificial Turf Africa United Wayne Cilliers 082 822 4788

Boogertman + Partners were approached by the Feenstra Group to develop this Hub as a flagship educational campus development. The chosen site is located in the established Menlo Park neighbourhood on the old sport grounds owned by the Nuwe Hoop School. The development aimed to bring more tertiary educational opportunities to the City of Tshwane. The school released some of the land to a private developer, Feenstra Group, in the form of a long-term lease to develop the educational facility.

Irrigation supplier Controlled Irrigation Sheldon Hutchinson 011 608 0767 Paving Bosun Brick Gert van Wyk 011 310 1176 Corobrik Thilo Sidambaram 031 560 3111

The Aim The aim of this project was to develop an educational campus facility that will accommodate the lifestyle of students and educational staff. The second point was to further the development aimed to upgrade and revitalise the public environment surrounding the campus for both the students and the residents of the Menlo Park Neighbourhood. Finally, the campus needed to connect to the neighbouring green open space where two watercourses (Waterkloof and Wolwe spruit) join within the development node.

Pots and Planters Igneous Concrete Vicky Grigoroglu 011 827 7425 Seating and Bins Badec Bros Edrich Badenhorst 012 460 7990

The current buildings are phase 1 of a larger campus development. It was necessary to keep this in mind with the design of the landscape to accommodate future development but also to create a comfortable campus environment in the short term- until completion of the second phase. The concept was to create a central atrium or piazza space where students and staff can spill out and enjoy being outside in-between classes. A large precast concrete staircase gives the user access to the buildings that are situated on a podium and serves as an amphitheatre for larger events. The concrete staircase was designed in such a way as to help the basements below ventilate naturally. This was achieved by having open gaps between each tread of the staircase to allow for air to move freely from the courtyard into the basement. A large ramp cuts through the staircase to give paraplegic access to the

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Planting Tshala Plant Brokers Gail Dreyer 082 415 0165 Real Lawn Evergreen Turf Fanus Cloete 011 948 6128

upper area of the courtyard and buildings. The upper area of the courtyard is also the main circulation area for students between classes and thus creates an opportunity for a pause or breakaway area. This space was surfaced with artificial lawn and paving to accommodate all the foot traffic and a shaded seating area was created with large potted trees and vegetation. The large lightweight concrete pots also form a sculptural feature within the courtyard space especially when looking down from the surrounding buildings.

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A grand staircase that cuts through the two buildings connects the courtyard to the lower eastern terrace where the student cafeteria is situated. The cafeteria spills out onto the lawn and paved terrace, giving the students a space to enjoy views over the neighbouring spruit and natural open space while enjoying their lunch. Seating walls and furniture is provided throughout the site to further add to the comfort of the students and staff moving around on the campus. The landscape surrounding the buildings was designed to tie into the natural environment by only using indigenous planting and trees

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that will fit the character of the neighbouring natural open space. All surface parking areas was designed with permeable paving to allow indigenous grass to grow in the parking bays and roads, and to allow water to naturally penetrate the surface and replenish ground water sources. All sidewalks surrounding the development were upgraded with new surfaces, vegetation and trees to improve the comfort level of the large number of pedestrians that will move to and from the campus. Currently in the process is the upgrading of the sidewalks beyond the immediate boundary of the site to connect to the bigger pedestrian network in the neighbourhood.

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Established in 1982, with offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Kenya, Boogertman + Partners engages in projects throughout Africa and beyond continually embracing social, economic, and functional challenges through Human Centered Design. Having gained national and international acclaim, Boogertman + Partners has successfully completed projects throughout Africa. They are driven by a dynamic team of directors who share a vision for contextually responsible and innovative design; with a dedicated approach to the building process from project inception to execution. The team is complimented by talented professionals- urban designers, architects, and technicians, including an in-house graphic design and marketing team. Boogertman + Partners are a gold founder of the Green Building Council.

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Winner of the SALI Shield for Excellence in Landscaping 2017 In 2017 Life Landscapes received: 12 Gold SALI Awards, 5 Silver SALI Awards, 1 Bronze SALI Award

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Cape Town 021 850 0764 capetown@lifegreengroup.co.za

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Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa Landscape area: 14 000m² Project completion: December 2016 Images GREENinc Landscape Architecture

THERAPEUTIC Landscaping

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, situated in Parktown Johannesburg is a new 200 bed specialist paediatric and academic tertiary referral hospital. GREENinc Landscape Architects joined the design team planning this iconic project, envisioned by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, relying solely on donor funding and construction and was completed in May 2016. This space was previously a sports field belonging to the University of the Witwatersrand in nearby Braamfontein.

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On plan the different hospital functions are arranged around 5 internal landscaped courtyards. Collectively they form the ‘green heart’ of the hospital and will ensure that every patient, visitor and staff member will be exposed to as much greenery and natural light as possible. The courtyards have been grouped into Active – and Passive Healing Courtyards and the design for each space has been determined by its relationship with the surrounding hospital functions, the type of user and its location over natural ground or concrete slab.

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The purpose of the therapeutic garden spaces is to provide relief from the stress and emotional trauma of the hospital environment. GREENinc’s aim was to create a landscape that would aid in the convalescence of the children and that would provide welcoming, supportive spaces for visitors and members of staff. As a tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela, the intention of this project (from conceptualisation to completion) has been to serve the children of South Africa. Life Landscapes a division of Life Green Group, were very proud to have been part of this very prestigious project winning the SALI trophy for best Landscape Construction, sponsored by Just Trees at the SALI Awards of Excellence, the overall top award, the SALI Shield of Excellence in 2017 and most recently GREENinc recieved an Award of Excellence for landscape design at the Corobrik-ILASA Awards of Excellence. This project was very complex with intricate detail in design, using a variety of materials which appeal to the senses: steel, wood, concrete, EPDM, mosaic tiles, artevia paving,

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he landscape of the hospital is firmly based around the concept and principles of therapeutic landscape design, encouraging patients and visitors alike to interact with nature to aid the gradual process of healing. This choice to interact with nature provides patients with a sense of control at a time when their health is in the control of others. In return, this sense of control, as well as the sensory benefits of being in a garden, leads to a reduction in stress and ultimately to good health.

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steel and brick edging, as well as a wide and varied selection of indigenous trees and planting palette which added to the overall aesthetic. Various water features, decks, play surfaces, pathways, granite and steel edging, a pergola, raised planters, work benches, sand pit, and free- standing furniture and play equipment were utilised to bring the architect’s imagined space to life. Every part of the project has its own distinct look, feel, character and purpose and this is what made it uniquely complex, also calling for careful and precise co-ordination to ensure a planned working process. The plant palette which was well researched the by the Landscape Architect ensured that the best plants were sourced with each one deliberately contributing to the healing process for the children. The areas are on different levels and all around the building, however the concept comes together beautifully.

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It was a huge challenge to complete this project within the tight timeframes, however this is a site we can be extremely proud of, having played our small role in celebrating the legacy of a great Icon, Nelson Mandela

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Planting Design: Dr. Erika van den Berg Regent Lighting - 011 474 0171 Tshala Plant Brokers - 082 415 0165

Project Landscape Architect: Annamari Comrie Planting Design: Dr. Erika van den Berg Landscape Architect Exterior Landscape Animal sculptures: Winston Luthuli Sensory Garden Interactive water feature: Usha Seejarim in collaboration with Bronwyn Findlay Mosaic panels: Bronwyn Findlay Interior Landscape Interactive train: Mary Sibande (manufactured by Alan Epstein) Umlabalaba play pieces & Abacus pieces: The Coloured Cube Movable flower shaped seating: Spitfire Furniture & Design Story Screen steel vignettes: The Coloured Cube in partnership with Assemblage Paper Prayer mosaic panels: Soweto Art Ladies Mosaic Co-op. Landscape Contractors: Main Contractor: Life Landscapes Play Structures: Truestyle Hard Landscaping Solutions Steel Screens: Spiral Engineering

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Location: Kings Beach Park, Port Elizabeth Size: 10 ha Project Dates: 2011-2014 Cost: R 35 mil

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he project brief was to redevelop Kings Beach Park, a derelict and dangerous place, poorly maintained, with green stagnant swimming pools, devil thorns on the patchy grass with broken paving and glass littered around. It was largely avoided by the general public due to safety concerns. Water conservation and sustainable use for irrigation was to be considered and incorporated into the design. The Main Design Informants: The major factors contributing to the poor sense of safety and low use was the lack of visual permeability and legibility. Earthworks Landscape Architects removed most of the internal berms, spreading and re-using the soil on site as fill to create a less undulating landscape. Port Elizabeth experienced a major drought during the design phase and the team were not allowed to use and potable water for irrigation. They noticed intermittent storm water outflow on the beach even on dry days; an apartment complex across the road was pumping groundwater out of their basement directly into the storm water system. This valuable resource was re-directed to the park and into an artificial lake. While the team were reshaping the topography to remove the berms and create the lake, they redirected the storm water from the site into the lake, adding to its capacity and solving the flooding problem. The entire park is currently irrigated from the lake. The design integrates layers of sustainable natural systems and diverse use, to improve legibility, beautify and revive the park. The concept was to integrate ‘play’ into the whole park not confine it in isolated ‘play areas’. Parents and children can play together, inspiring imaginative multi-dimensional play, and developing family relationships. A wetland was also constructed to ‘polish’ the run off from the parking area, as the overflow exits over the existing concrete slipway to the west of the site, onto the beach. Historical elements such as the old sandstone well were incorporated into the water aeration system. Play elements in the park are a mix of custom made and standard play park items, open lawns, wide walkways for skating and cycling, adventure play areas (pre-existing) and refurbished swimming pools. The skate park

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was designed for skaters and BMX riders of all levels and ages, encouraging more professional users during the week and smaller kids and families on weekends. Pathways were designed as a system of major and minor connections, flowing through the park. Wider, and more, pathways were added throughout to change the old perception that the park was unsafe. Patterned brick paths were replaced with in situ cast concrete to allow for free flowing forms which could also be used as skate and cycle routes. A series of painted low walls surround the play stream, depicting a fable of the King who lost his crown. Similarly, metal cut outs of crowns morphing into birds were inserted into the concrete pathway surface to add variety, interest and playfulness to the walkways. The massive asphalt parking area is exposed to extremely harsh coastal winds, where no protected pockets allow trees a chance to establish. Typical trees have no chance of survival, even Milkwoods in the area (Sideroxylon inerme) are unsuccessful in such conditions because they cannot be clustered. The planting pallet for the parking area was chosen to focus on structural, rather than shade, plants, breaking the extensive hard surfaces visually with Aloe barberii, Aloe ferox and the variegated Metrosideros exalsa. The aloes are strong enough for the wind and can withstand the heat island effect in the parking areas. Today the park is a favorite destination for a variety of users during the week and weekends.

MEET THE TEAM Landscape Architects: Earthworks Civil Engineers: BVI Consulting Engineers Eastern Cape Civil Contractors: Mawethu Civils Landscape Contractors: Marina Landscaping and Picket Lane Play Equipment: Natural Architecture and Kid Buddy

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Porcupine Park, Johannesburg

Habitat Landscape Architects transformed a neglected open area in Lehae, just south of Johannesburg, into a vibrant recreational space with play equipment for youngsters

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urban forest into areas which have been previously disregarded and undeveloped. Lehae Park is situated to the south of Johannesburg in the context of a new government housing scheme. At the time of the commissioning of the design, less than half of the residential units were constructed but the first members of the community had already been moved into the area. The design approach focused on the development of a vibrant community park that promoted the

integration of the local community through an emphasis on play elements for children. The design aimed to satisfy the needs of a broad social grouping from children to adults with different cultural, religious and social backgrounds, united around a common need for a recreational space. The sustainability of the park hinged on the incorporation of robust play elements, as well as drought resistant and frost hardy plants. Materials were sourced from around Johannesburg.

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The development The development of the park is articulated around a central playground. The playground was developed with a narrative that involves the dynamics present in and around termite mounds, which were a dominant feature in the Highveld grassland present on site before development started. The narrative explored the relationship of nature and people and how we are connected and dependent on each other. This was translated into the design elements of the playground. The play equipment is associated with a sequence of freestanding perforated walls, which form an interconnected playing space. Central to the construction and development process was also the issue of job creation, capacity building and skills transfer. Unemployed people from the adjacent community were employed and trained in the use of alternative building technologies, horticulture, landscape installation and maintenance.

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Bollards Gallo Precast Tel: 0027 (0) 825547780 www.galloprecast.com

Plants and trees Tswellapele Nursery Tel: 0027 (0) 761712315 www.plantwise.co.za/tswellapele.htm

Landscape architect Habitat Landscape Architects Tel: 0027 (0) 123468113 www.habitatdesign.co.za

Play equipment and fencing Microzone trading980cc Tel: 0027 (0) 761712315 www.micrzonetrading980.co.za

Landscape contractor Plantwise/Tswellapele Landscaping Tel: 0027 (0) 116652819 www.plantwise.co.za

Safety rubber matting Seenarmoovar Enterprises Tel: 0027 (0) 837535411 Email: cebimona@hotmail.co.uk

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own. Three more smart parks are in the pipeline for development later this year in Atlantis, Nomzamo and Seawinds. The brief The principles driving the Smart Park programme include: 1.  F  ocus on developing and upgrading parks in the most undeserved communities to facilitate equitable access to parks on a city-wide scale. 2.Develop selected high quality, unique and user-friendly parks that respond to and provide for the recreational needs of the communities they serve. 3. C  ontribute to integrated public investment in parks and other infrastructure and promote partnerships which seek to maximise the use of limited resources.

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Gugulethu Park was selected for upgrade because it was located in one of the most undeserved areas of Cape Town and was highly accessible to a range of potential visitors. Situated within a dense residential area and within walking distance of Heideveld Station, it serviced children from the neighbouring schools, adolescents who came to kick a ball around and many local residents who walked through the park throughout the day. Three areas were highlighted for redevelopment: Play area equipment A new children’s play park offers opportunities for children to play and develop physically and cognitively in a safe environment. A custom designed play feature was constructed using standard components, gum poles, tyres, slides and ropes, put together in an imaginative way to take into account community needs and client feedback to suit a broad range of ages. Provision was made for an undulating surface to increase opportunities for play. An outdoor gym area provides opportunities for adolescents, young adults, adults and the elderly to be active and enhance their physical well-being.

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Kickabout (multi-use court) The upgraded park includes redeveloped multi-purpose courts with high quality surfacing that are durable and can accommodate informal active play, including a variety of ball sports. The formal section of the park had sufficient space to house three kickabouts. Rubber matting was used to replace the existing asphalt and different colours were used to define the use of each kickabout. The edges to these areas needed further consideration as the low walls worked well for spectators to sit and view the games, but the remaining trees provided very little shade. New walls within the play and relaxation areas were constructed through a combination of calcrete and cast concrete tops, painted to match the existing walls. Lighting was also introduced so that the facility could be used at different times of the day.

Relaxation areas & tree planting Formal tree planting was used to line pedestrian routes and soften hard edges. Large focal trees were used to provide areas under which to relax. The community was consulted to help decide on the number and location of the trees so as not to interrupt surveillance from neighbouring houses. Most of the existing trees had been removed or were in poor condition. More appropriate tree species, such as Ficus rubiginosa and Syzigium cordatum, were used to replace the trees. Appropriate tree stakes and cages help to protect the new trees. New walkways were constructed from exposed aggregate pavers to match existing paving, with laterite used on the secondary, meandering pathways.

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PROJECT DETAILS Gugulethu Park PROJECT VALUE R5.4m TIMELINE Planning, design and documentation: April 2013 – December 2013 Construction: June 2014 – January 2015

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1 Gugulethu Park serves children from several neighbouring schools 2 The new play park offers opportunities for children to play and develop physically in a safe environment 3&4 Custom-designed play features were constructed 5 Rubber matting was used to replace existing asphalt 6 Aerial photograph taken before works began 7 The design for the play park 8 Play features were constructed from ropes, tyres and slides

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Mandela Park was an undeveloped area of public open space. It consisted of two sites with a total area of 9.3ha. The park was well located within walking distance of Khayelitsha and two stations (Khayelitsha and Harare). There were 14 schools within 1.5km of the site and many public buildings and squares as well as two major sporting facilities. Although there were many pockets of open space in the area, few of them had been developed, providing residents with very little in terms of quality landspace. The site lay between two formal sporting complexes making it an ideal location for a recreational area.

Mandela Park PROJECT VALUE R10m TIMELINE Planning, design and documentation: August 2013 – December 2013 Construction: May 2014 – February 2015 Park launch: March 2015

For the purposes of the project, the park was split into three zones: Active recreation zone The site had always supported different forms of active recreation, from athletics to soccer. There were soccer posts in the centre of this zone, providing for informal games throughout the week. The need for multi-purpose courts was clear due to the location of two schools on the north eastern and western edge of this area. Active recreational areas and multi-purpose courts with high quality surfacing were created. Synthetic turf and laterite were used to define the use of each court. The edges to these courts were defined with low walls, where spectators can sit and view the games, with strategic tree planting for shade. Lighting was introduced so that the facility can be used at different times of the day.

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1&2 Adjacent schools made the introduction of a play area at Mandela Park paramount 3 T  he introduction of trees and seating vastly improved the quality of the park 4 L  ocal crèches now use the park for outdoor learning sessions 5 An outdoor gym area encourages active lives 6 The design for Mandela Park

Recreation zone & community gardens The introduction of trees and seating vastly improved the quality of these areas, providing places for people to meet and relax under the shade of a tree. A maintenance strategy was crucial to ensure that the trees survive to maturity. A structured space with places to warm up and stretch now encourages and supports activities such as aerobics. Community gardens were incorporated into this zone, extending the area for children from both schools to learn about the benefits of medicinal plants. The area also includes an amphitheatre for community gathering and events.

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Play park The dense residential area and adjacent schools made the introduction of a play area for children of all ages paramount. Local crèches and other schools in the area now use the park for outdoor learning sessions as well as providing much needed opportunities for play. The custom designed play feature was constructed using standard components, gum poles, tires, slides and ropes, put together in an imaginative way to take into account community needs and client feedback to suit a broad range of ages. Provision was made for an undulating surface to increase opportunities for play.

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REFERENCES Timber play equipment Johan Theron: Jo Design Email: theronm@polka.co.za Mosaic work Lovell Friedman Email: lovellf@mweb.co.za

REFERENCES Landscape architects City of Cape Town, City Parks, Planning & Development Nicole Strong & Absalom Molobe Tel: 021 400 1049 Email: Nicole.Strong@capetown.gov.za Urban planner City of Cape Town, City Parks, Planning & Development Bradley Burger Tel: 021 400 2414 Email: Bradley.Burger@capetown.gov.za Civil engineers BERGSTAN SOUTH AFRICA Consulting and Development Engineers (Pty) Ltd Tel: 021 424 7657 www.engineer.co.za Contractors WEZAN Building and construction cc Email: info@wezan.co.za Gauflora Group Tel: 021 931 0772 Email: management.gauflora@gmail.com

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Trees Just Trees Tel: 021 871 1595 Email: sales@justtrees.co.za www.justtrees.co.za Fencing Cochrane Fencing www.cochrane.co Beta Fence Tel: 0861 BFENCE (0861 233 623) Email: info@betafence.co.za www.betafence.co.za Synthetic courts The Synthetic Turf Company Tel: 021 795 0385 www.synturf.co.za Rubber matting Master Fibre Tel: 021 511 7411 www.masterfibre.co.za Hard courts Protea Sports Tel: + 27 86 1115324 Email: saleswc@proteasportscourts.co.za www.proteasportscourts.co.za

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Living Beehive, Durban Botanic Gardens Project Value: R1.5m Size: 15m high, 30m long Timeline: Six months; installation took two months

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The design The dome-shaped design was based on traditional Zulu huts, but with a high technology steel frame rather than wood. The living roof was planted with local grassland fauna that occurs only on the highlands of the Kwazulu Natal Drakensberg, which is the water catchment area for the city of Durban. Visitors step inside the beehive onto a steel see-through grid, where water trickles underfoot and plants rise up from the ground. Overhead plants hang from circular planter tubes and creepers cascade down to create a chandelier of foliage. These vertical gardens are planted with rare local cliff-hanging plants, seldom seen by the public, showcasing the living cliffs of Kwazulu Natal. The rivers here are the source of freshwater for Durban. As water is a constant obstacle and of short supply for the city, the purpose of the living beehive design was to teach school children the importance of conserving water, and educate them about the journey that water takes to finally flow from their home taps. Following on from the vertical gardens there is a lawned area in the middle of the beehive, a large open space with two openings either side to provide sunlight and a breeze. This area doubles up as a classroom where children can sit, surrounded by the elements that they are taught about. Materials As this was a one-off project, finding materials was a challenge. The walkway was built from steel mesh, while the vertical walls included a steel frame with two layers of a woven polyester www.prolandscaper.co.za

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material fastened to it. Pockets were cut into the material, the plant was placed inside and then the material was sewn shut again. The outer layer of the beehive also used a woven polyester material, but of a much thicker grade, where seeds were sown into it and water-retaining gel poured between. The gel was watered to give the seeds a reserve of water for when the sprayers didn’t turn on. A rotating ladder attached to the top and on a track at the bottom was added so that maintenance could be carried out more efficiently. The inside seating area was built from a mix of lawn and paving. As some areas inside were too dark, grow lights needed to be introduced to provide a better quality of light to the plants. Challenges The short timescale was a challenge in itself, but added to that there were massive storms during installation, and the rip winds played havoc with

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Leon Kluge has become synonymous with modern contemporary landscaping and garden design. His love of using unusual plants in his designs led to his inclusion in the South African team at the 2010, 2012 and 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London. His speciality is vertical gardens, on any scale. The first commercial vertical garden design he spearheaded was for a multi-storey office building in Maputo, Mozambique. His designs have since been published in more than 100 local publications. www.leonklugegardendesign.co.za

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Location: Hopetown & Strydenburg, Northern Cape. Client: Department of Environmental Affairs Cost: R 6, 000, 000 Size of project: Hopetown 3000m² & Strydenburg 3800m² Completion: February 2016

Set in the two small rural settlements of Hopetown and Strydenburg in the Northern Cape, Habitat Landscape Architects, creates, on behalf of the Department of Environmental Affairs, two unique parks in which unskilled local labour can be sourced from the communities to bring their design for the members of these struggling communities to fruition.

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Client brief and background The National Department of Environmental Affairs administrates Expanded Public Works Programmes (EPWP). These programmes aim to alleviate poverty and unemployment in the country. It is an important avenue for labour absorption and income transfers to poor households. EPWP projects provide short-term and long-term work opportunities and training to unemployed and unskilled individuals. Training is an important element to increase the future employability of participants.

country the area is extremely arid, the local economy dwindling and the unemployment rate 80%. There are virtually no recreational facilities in the towns.

Hopetown and Strydenburg are two small rural settlements in the heart of the Karoo situated approximately half way between Cape Town and Johannesburg. The project falls within the Northern Cape Province, one of the largest and poorest provinces in South Africa. Despite the proximity to one of the largest rivers in the

Budgetary and resource limitations coupled with intense local politics resulted in a very challenging environment for design and implementation decisions.

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The client brief called for three principal focuses: 1. The creation of employment opportunities, 2. Capacity building or skills development, and 3. Maximising the socio and economic impact of the project at the local level.

In an effort to maximise the impact of the project on the local community and to really

understand the context in terms of local needs, social issues and available skills resulted in an extensive and protracted consultation process. Amongst others this process included a “Dream parks� competition for school children that resulted in significant insight into their social problems and needs as well as their perceptions of the environment. Design philosophy The first point of departure for the design was purely functional and a direct response to the environment, existing site and pedestrian movement corridors between the residential area and the business districts. Simplicity and robustness were considered critical considering that all construction will be by unskilled local labour sourced from the communities. During the schools competition it became evident that the local understanding

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of the area, ecology and environment is very basic. This presents an opportunity to tell the story of the local environment in a fun and playful manner by incorporating a narrative along the pathways, and designing the play area as a board game. We hope that the project will prompt the inquisitive nature of the children and educate them in a fun and informative way about their own environment. The park in Hopetown will focus on telling the story of the formation of the Karoo and the associated fossil record, whilst the park in Strydenburg, a setting with almost no potable water, will focus on ecological adaptation of plants, animals and people to the semi-desert environment Material and installation strategy As far as possible all materials had to be locally sourced and be extremely robust to limit vandalism. Sourcing materials in the local area proved more challenging than anticipated, and forced multiple reiterative design cycles and creative local solutions. The final designs in both parks respond to the principal movement patterns that the community follow between their homes and the local business district. The active and passive recreational spaces are articulated along these movement spines. Elements of colour and form interject into the pathways and draw the pedestrians into the various spaces. Limited knowledge of unskilled labour and equipment on site provided a challenge with specification of materials and installation methods. Other challenges included climatic conditions, procurement of materials with limited suppliers in close vicinity and transport between the sites which is approximately 60km apart. The planting strategy remains true to the indigenous only policy, using Olive, Karee and Thorn trees in the park. Hardy shrubs, planted between a double perimeter fence to protect them from wandering goats, define the park edges. All bricks were sourced from local clay brick-makers who still use age old technology to manufacture clay bricks. Robust, colourful play equipment pieces with a variety of colour were selected to add to the playfulness for the children of the local communities and to add colour to Northern Cape’s landscape.

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SUPPLIERS Materials and equipment OVK Hopetown 053 203 9200 GWK Hopetown 053 203 2865 Topsoil and stone Piet Louw 053 203 8160 Washed white river sand Douglas Sand 082 782 8071 Play Equipment Microzone Trading 011953 4540 Plants & Trees Plantwise 011 665 2819 Tshala Plantbrokers 082 413 8997 Just Trees 021 871 1595 Big Mug Containers 053 831 2204

About habitat landscape architects Our story is of a small core of individuals working as a team with a common passion, commitment and drive. We love to be creative, dream, and develop visions for the present and future. Our principal business activities are landscape architecture, heritage consulting and environmental planning. Our team has extensive knowledge and experience of planning, design, environmental management, project management and implementation within the local, national and international context. Our team dynamic enables excellence and is central to delivering on time and in budget.

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Discovering Intent The celebration of historical intent through the re-ordening of the landscape, layered with the re-introduction of innovative, productive landscape practises of the twenty first century.

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The Site: Irene Dairy Farm Users: This public space serves as an ideally situated tourist attraction and hosts various recreation activities. The restaurants and picnic areas attract middle to higher income classes especially within the urban environment of Tswane, Centurion and Johannesburg. The space hosts fantastic environments for both users looking for a tranquil experience, or families that would like to take their younger children exploring.

An Introduction Irene Dairy farm as a historic cultural landscape hosting historic layers which manifest not only within the tangible characteristics of the environment but presents itself in the intangible heritage characteristics. Irene Dairy farm was not only part of the genesis of Pretoria but also the pioneer landscape on which experimental and innovative citrus farming and forest cultivation occurred.

Theoretical Premise: Heritage and Cultural Landscapes. The intangible historic significance of a cultural heritage site is identified as the ideal and original intent of the farm to act as an innovative and productive landscape. Innovation is key to enable the designer to decide how a 21stcentury food cultivation method can be applied to a historically significant site to act as a didactic whilst exposing and celebrating the historical layering of the site.

Present day, the site still acts as a working farm, albeit a fragmentation of its original scale and intent by merely entertaining the idea of farming through small-scale dairy production. Over the past century through the change in ownership of the farm and the fragmentation of the original Doornkloof farm, the site has lost its original intent of existing as a productive model farm and subsequently a big part of the intangible heritage significance was lost.

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The Genus Loci of Irene Dairy Farm can possibly be attributed to the picturesque, pastoral and romantic landscape elements it contains, albeit these elements are not true to its appearance as a romantic landscape, but rather the product of fragmentation. The significance of the setting should be addressed on the one hand, while on the other, the loss of heritage significance in terms of intent and productivity. Agricultural land should always act as a productive landscape and within the greater context, it should also act as a heritage landscape. Borrowing from the previous intent of the farm, the intervention aims to acknowledge the existing Genus Loci and setting, whilst reintroducing the historical intent and vision of an innovative, productive and didactic landscape.

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ABOUT MARYKE VAN DER MERWE Maryke moved to Pretoria after matriculating, determined to follow in her family’s footsteps by pursuing a medical career. However, fate intervened and a few months later she knocked on the department of Architecture's doors at the University of Pretoria and started to embark on the journey to become a landscape architect. Whilst studying Maryke worked for Bernice Rumble and Gwen Theron respectively, and completed her Masters in Landscape Architecture in 2016. She is currently in the fortunate position to be working at Outer Space, under the mentorship of Alan Cooper who consistently expands horizons with his exceptional knowledge and understanding of integrating leading edge technology with design and architecture. Maryke enjoys research, analysis and urban design and would like to explore these areas whilst remaining in practice in future. Design and Landscape Architecture allows her to combine her personal passion for the spaces and surroundings she finds herself in – be they racy urban places or tranquil natural settings. Maryke loves interrogating the history of spaces and imagining their future potential. Understanding context is both her greatest joy and most challenging frustration. Her single happiest time is when she can be outdoors running around mountains. CONTACT marykel.arch@gmail.com/ maryke@ospace.co.za | 0726659609

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HEAVEN ON EARTH At the foot of the Waaihoek mountain, situated in the beautiful Breede valley, lies the perfect hide away, Bosjes. Here you will feast your eyes on one of the most striking contemporary chapels in South Africa with architecture mimicking a white bird in flight (Psalm 36:7). You can also be certain that the landscaped area ties in quite perfectly to this stunning design with strong biblical reference & symbolism. cndv landscape architects create a memorable garden which compliments the architecture, natural landscape and surroundings in a heavenly manner.

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Size: Total Landscape Area: +- 3.4 Ha Timeline: Initial Proposals - July 2012 Completion – August 2017

The Brief: The Client’s brief was to create a landscape using predominantly indigenous tree and plant species with strong but understated ties to historical- and biblical references. Bosjes is situated within the winelands of the Breede Valley between Worcester and Ceres. Magnificent mountain ranges surround the farm. These mountains were the inspiration for the iconic chapel. cndv landscape architects were responsible for all of the external design, with Tanya de Villiers conceptualising the layout, and Herman de Lange developing the design and taking the project to completion. A plant search and rescue was conducted prior to the commencement of construction with several plant species, endemic to the area, being propagated and re-introduced as part of the overall plant palette. Plants noted in the Bible were specifically sourced for the project such as Olives, Citrus, Pomegranates, Cypress trees, Thorn Trees, Ficus trees, Willow trees grapes, Papyrus, Buxus, Salvia, Irises and roses to name a few. The landscape design creates individual but interconnected “rooms,” each forming a distinctive landscape space with a unique atmosphere. Visitors become lost within this vast and varied landscape as they explore, experience, rest and contemplate.

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The chapel landscape relates via axes to the existing historic graveyard on site, as well as via a long axis through the farm up to the old manor house precinct. The chapel landscape relates subtly to references from the Bible, with its lush gardens, water features and ancient plant species. Water as a sacred and linking element is used throughout the design. A large pond reflects the chapel, and four streams link to the central apple tree of the Lush garden. One moves through the large gushing ‘parting of the seas’ water feature, complete with papyrus reeds and water lilies. Biblical references are subtle but moving through the site is likely to touch even the most incongruous of visitor. A brisk walk up the man-made ‘Dry mountain’ is enough to take your breath away, if the views from the top don’t do it! You may even find a reference to the hanging gardens of Babylon within the sunken secret tea garden. Further up the hill, The Bosjes Kombuis ( a bistro style restaurant), historic Manor House & new Guest Suites the landscape design relates much more to a Cape farm “werf” style. The primary focus of the “werf” space is a formal circular water element with linear trough mimicking a traditional “leivore”. Large existing trees add a layer of historic presence to the “werf” space.

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SUPPLIERS Main Contractor: Longworth @ Faul Eduan Naude - 021 862 2120 Lighting Faradays Danny Talhami - 0861 10 6226 Landscape Contractor Interplant Horticulture Roger Codrai - 083 261 7513 Various Plants New Plant Lethu Lunga - 044 889 0055 Irrigation Contractor CiS (Cape irrigation Systems) Charl le Roux - 021 975 2262 Lighting Regent Lighting Solutions Lee-Anne Blyth - 011 474 0171 The external entertainment/multi-functional spaces consist of a large level lawn area with scattered large trees. The booking of large trees at Just Trees, was initiated in 2013 with a total of 540 trees kept and maintained by the nursery until the site was ready for the commencement of planting in July 2015. 126 mature fruit bearing Olive trees were planted on site and adds to the crop for the production of estate olive oil. Other fruit bearing trees include almonds, pistachios, honey locusts, citrus and pomegranates. Hard landscape surfaces have clean uncluttered lines, using natural materials in the classic tradition of Cape rural place making. Colours and finishes include white, off white, natural timber and muted earth tones, all as per the guiding principles set by the appointed Heritage Consultants. These materials are used in both the chapel and manor house precincts to link the spaces.

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The blue slate used in the landscape was sourced from the northern parts of South Africa and speaks to the historic use of slate in the Western Cape. The packed stone blend used to clad the landscape walls, gatehouse and Bistro building, was specifically sourced to match the colours of the surrounding mountain backdrop. Discreet and integrated landscape lighting design adds a new dimension to the landscape and a memorable night time experience. The combination of landscape lighting and the play of shadows as well as reflections in the water features add another dimension to the lush landscape. A bespoke set of landscape elements and signage was purpose-designed for the development by the landscape architects, using natural timber and anodised aluminium.

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Irrigation Designer & - Supplier Controlled Irrigation Oliver Blank - 021 551 0355 Large Tree Supplier Just Trees Carl Pretorius - 021 871 1595 Natural Stone Supplier & Contractor Stone Age Construction John de Jager - 021 875 5604 Water Element Pumps & Reticulation Koi Louis Louis van den Heever - 083 378 4615 Landscape Timber Works Kobus van Rensburg - 083 459 5114 Decking Envirodeck Larry Jacques - 021 706 1099

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taking pride, thinking differently and planning for success nurturing a creative and fun office environment the successful transformation of the South African society

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EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES Set on site of the picturesque Vergelegen Estate, OvP revamps the historic rose garden so that it can reach its blooming potential.

The brief: The rose garden at Vergelegen was designed and installed in the 1980s and was well admired but no longer blooming to its full potential. The brief for OvP was to replace the full garden and to create a new world class rose garden that would enchant both novices and rosarians alike and hold its own within Vergelegen’s portfolio of extensive cultivated gardens. It was important for the garden to be as captivating when viewed on arrival as the look and feel of each bloom up close. It was also important that the garden read as a cohesive element and not as a smarty box of heights and colour.

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How this was achieved: The rose garden is located at the edge of the camphor forest on the site of the old tennis courts. The camphors form a magnificent amphitheatre to the south and west of the site, and to the north the rose terrace and screen planting provide a framed view of the homestead and historical camphor trees. The previous rose garden was a fraction of its current size and stood as an object within space. In response OvP designed the rose garden to inhabit the full space available and to respond to its unique and strikingly beautiful context. The octagon has a long history as a spatial informant at Vergelegen, so OvP chose this

formal geometry as the starting point for the layout. The centre of the octagon was set to align with the existing picnic building and a double path was set out either side of this axis. The central octagon is offset with concentric pathways which all intersect with diagonal paths. Together these pathways form meandering routes through the rose garden so that visitors may experience a wide array of the many different rose varieties on show and come to appreciate their individual colour and fragrance. The impression one receives when walking into the rose garden space was an important driver in the design. The two main arrival points are via pedestrian routes are from the www.prolandscaper.co.za


ESTATE/LODGE SUPPLIERS Vergelegen Rose Garden Size Of Project: 2800m² Cost: R1,2m Timeline: August 2015 - November 2015 Garden Installation: Richard Arm Photographs: Vergelegen Estate

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homestead to the North and the Library and Wine Tasting Centre to the North East. On the approach the rose garden is screened from view and thevisitor turns a corner to be confronted with the rose garden in its entirety. It was therefore important to create a garden that is both striking and cohesive. The selection of rose varieties and their placement were carefully considered to provide a gradient of colour that transitions from reds, oranges, yellows to whites to light and deep pinks and purples and a gradient of height from the smallest miniatures in the centre to the tall spires and scramblers on the outskirts where the garden meets the Camphor Forest..

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A cottage style herbaceous border with heritage roses frames the picnic building at the end of the axis. The central feature is a sculpture, entitle Aphrodite, by artist Stansilaw Trezbinski. Water drips from the sculpture into an octagonal pool of water that she stands in. The water feature was designed in collaboration with and built by Water in Motion.

pathway and provides moments to pause and appreciate views across the garden. The design detailing was a variation-on-atheme of the pergola that was designed for the East Garden. The ‘Vergelegen yellow’ masonry pillars and rhythm of heavy overhead timber beams speak to the exposed ceiling beams within the homestead and to the language of architecture across the estate.

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ROSES USED IN THE GARDEN Miniature roses Amoretta Ocarina Peach Festival Black Jade Old Glory Red Rosamini Rise ‘n Shine Dazzling Beauties Colourscape roses Granny Dearest Kinders van die Wind Deloitte and Touche Granny’s Delight Dearest Ice Sunsation South Africa St David Vincent Godsiff Colourscape roses Granny dearest Kinders van die wind Deloitte and Touche Granny Dearest Ice Sunsation South Africa St David Vincent Godsiff

ABOUT OvP Since its establishment in 1983, OvP Associates has grown to become a leading landscape architectural practice committed to improving the natural, cultural and environmental qualities of our environments. OvP offers integrated professional skills encompassing, landscape architecture, architecture and environmental planning. OvP have had the privilege to work on a wide range of prestigious projects, including Vergelegen’s East & Rose Gardens, the V&A Waterfront, Green Point Park and the Cape Point and Table Mountain Visitors Amenities.

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Hybrid tea & Antico Modern roses Mister Lincoln Belle Rouge Monica Beach Girl Golden Monica Rhona Lya Clever Gretel Duet VLV Kaapland Bewitched Rina Hugo Zulu Royal Annique Wessie Roos Lesotho Prince Coreen Krige Randfontein Gold Sue Gush Garden Princess Just Joey

Allan Tew Shaleen Surtie Richards Electron Garden Queen Floribunda, Panarosa & Spire roses Red Ayoba Pink Ayoba Springs ‘75 Carefree Wonder Simplicity Clever Gretel Forever Friends Garden & Home Sympa de Bellevue Walter Sisulu Carmine Panarosa Blossom Magic Club Camif Porcelain Panarosa Jean Geldenhuys Cecile Brunner White Spire Albertina Sisulu Morning Star Apéritif Iceberg Momentum Climbing roses Cherry Garland Pink Cloud Guelilah Blossom Time Eden Rose Wedding Garland Casino Climbing roses Cherry Garland Pink Cloud Guililah Blossom Time Eden Rose Wedding garland Casino Heritage Rosa Chinensis Mutabilis Rosa Damascena trigintipetala Homere

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Mild steel and eucalyptus arches with wisteria and petra climbers

NAMIBIAN CHARM A southward drive from Windhoek- across the Namibian plateau, in an unassuming town named Dorabis, is where you will find the most exclusive game ranch in Namibia, Marula Game Ranch. Situated on a 30 000-hectare reserve with a backdrop of mountain ranges, valleys, rugged woodlands, and vast plains- one witnesses an illustration of how diverse the landscape is at this location & the enormity of task GREENinc Landscape Architects set out to accomplish with their client. The result of this project is truly something spellbinding.

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26Pro LandscaperAfrica / November 2017www. prolandscaper.co.zaPORTFOLIOGREENinc was approached in September 2014 to design and manage the installation of a garden covering 30 ha on this site. The architects had already been involved on the project for several years by this stage. Consequently, very little input could be made by the landscape architects to better integrate the buildings into the fabric of the landscape. At the time of their appointment onto the project the architecture had been finalised and construction had just begun.

local environment, GREENinc strongly suggested reducing the size of the gardens. This was motivated by a number of considerations including the availability of water, the remoteness of the farm and the ability to get plants and building material to the site, the cost of such an extensive garden, and the on-going ability to maintain a garden of that magnitude. The brief was thus, after many discussions, refined to accommodate the design of several garden spaces within the 30ha site based on the borehole capacity at that specific stage.

The primary residence at Marula Game Ranch is perfectly positioned to accommodate an incredible 360-degree view over an ox-bow bend of the Schaap River which runs below it. The objective and brief was to connect the wide, dry river-bed to the residences that were being built. After extensive and in-depth site analysis and research into the climate and the nature of the

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Access roads to the main residence and individual villas;

A 2.5km Big 5 perimeter fence which should be completely hidden from view (the fence should also keep all rodents and snakes from entering the site);

A series of pathways across the site connecting the residences to each other, the river and the garden spaces;

The Brief Included the Following: •

Indigenous gardens including perennial flowering plants;

2 x swimming pools built into existing rocks on site;

A rose garden;

General lighting;

A herb garden with fruit trees, large specimen trees & extensive lawns;

A tennis court.

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Outer Walkway

The Charm Bracelet Instead of covering the already beautiful hill with endless lush and ‘exotic’ gardens, GREENinc took a more restrained approach when considering the design. The core strategy behind the landscape is a linear navigation route informed by the idea of a charm bracelet. The metaphor of the bracelet consists as a primary axis/route or chain that gives order between the residence and the river with secondary elements/jewels that adorn and link up to the central route/chain. Design energy and focus was placed on the charms of the bracelet, moments scattered along the main navigation routes, providing an interval from the environment. These include arched walkway structures, curiosity courtyards, deep rock pools and terraced spaces that replicate the rocky ridges and open river bed that characterize the site. Courtyard structures are designed to provide cool retreat and depth of shade from the desert heat while providing protection to plants from cold winter winds. Pathways and structures alike are respectfully designed and sculpted to fit around and into existing rocks and trees, treading lightly in places while solidly grounding themselves in others. The approach to materials is simple and layered, mimicking textures of the immediate environment while proving a backdrop to the delightful play of shadow and light that bring life to each of the spaces. Water is an incredibly scare resource in the dry Namibian climate, so water was used to remind the visitor to this garden of the fragility of this environment and to highlight its importance.

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Water is used to connect the charms and acts as a running narrative from one area of the garden to the next. Running for the most part in narrow steel or stone channels (so as to reduce evaporation) it animates the journey for the gardens visitors with sound and reflection of light drawing the visitor closer to the river below. This water comes from solar powered boreholes from the river bed. Waste water from filtration plants at the residence is also utilised. It is periodic, drying up at times and flushing out deeper ponds when in full flow. Ultimately the water is returned to the river below where it disappears into the deep expanses of sand to recharge the reservoir. The Role of the Landscape Architect Once appointed, GREENinc conducted a thorough survey of the site and river, using drone photography and GPS coordinated aerials. Detailed drawings mapping rock formations, specimen plants, invasive plant communities and other unique features of the site were produced and instruction to hoard off and protect most of the site was immediately issued to the building contractor. A survey of the existing plant species in the local vicinity was conducted, this would then help to highlight what would grow well on that specific site. This proved to be challenging as the vegetation found was mainly thorn trees, herbaceous plants and grass species- most of which are deciduous.

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Barring the tree species, most of the plants found on the site were not commercially available. The design of the landscape was developed after consultation of plant specialists in both Namibia and South Africa to find plants that would best deal with the extreme heat and cold conditions.

Rock pool and river pavilion with lodge in background

GREENinc motivated to the client that they be appointed to manage the procurement of all the plants. This would include sourcing the plants across Southern Africa, checking for acceptable quality and transporting them to the site. An enormous task that landscape architect, Johannes van der Walt took on, sourcing over 150 000 plants. Plantwise were appointed to assist with the logistics around permits and transport. This procurement task was later expanded to include sourcing and importing all the required furniture for the landscape. The Challenges The challenges of working in remote locations are intricate but if resources, time and determination are applied to each problem, solutions can be found to produce unique and crafted designs. Time was one of the biggest challenges. The design team was given 6 months to conceptualize and fully document a US 6 000 000 project. The professional team was based primarily in Port Elizabeth while the client was based in Europe. Meetings had to be done via skype and a full time resident landscape architect needed to be based on the site in Namibia.

River link stairway

The next challenge was to find suitable contractors who had both experience and capacity to implement the project within a very ambitious client driven program of 9 months. GREENinc were eventually able to negotiate a joint venture between a local building company (Namkon) and the renowned Countryline Africa. Materials had to be carefully considered. The design of both hard and soft components had to be sustainably sourced. Stone, concrete, timber and steel were identified as suitable materials for the hard landscaping. All the stone used was harvested by hand from the farm. Concrete and brickwork was produced on site using river sand from the river below the site and aggregate from a local quarry. Timber and steel were sourced in Windhoek.

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and additives including fertilizers and moisture retention agents.

Due to water issues on site and problems with consistency, some of the concrete had to be trucked in from Windhoek during the construction of the exposed aggregate pathways around the site. However, due to the long travelling distances, the concrete had to be treated with retardant to stop it from setting, which made it impossible to apply further retardant during the exposing of the aggregate. Innovative ways had to be formulated to achieve similar results, many of which unfortunately were not successful. Topsoil and compost, where not available in Namibia and the cost and sustainability of transporting them from South Africa was just not feasible. The soil had to thus be manufactured on site using clayier soils from local dams, river sand from the dry river bed

Water, in all its forms, proved to be the biggest challenge throughout the project installation. A series of boreholes and storage tanks were installed to take water from deep below the river bed and supply both irrigation and drinking water to the buildings and gardens. As many of the plants were being delivered fresh from all over South Africa they were in no way adapted to the harsh climate and there were several plant losses. By the time all the plants were finally in the ground winter was around the corner and the first months saw temperatures drop to -12°C at night. Many of the plants were lost to this.

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Initial Design Sketch Sculpture terrace

Landscape Contractor Countryline Africa Richard Wijnberg (011) 021 5570 Furniture GOET Furniture Georg van Gass (082) 877 11 32 Project Landscape Architects Anton Comrie Andrew Kerrin Wallace Honiball Information Supplied by: GREENinc

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“What we have learnt, and continue to learn, is that landscapes are amazingly resilient. We can formulate and impose wonderful ideas onto the landscape but mother nature always has the last say. And just when you think months of labour and buckets of money have been wasted on grand ideas in very inhospitable environments, Spring arrives and the earth resuscitates itself. Plants that seemed beyond saving shoot from the dry earth and, within months, a previously barren environment becomes home to an incredible array of wildlife.�

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Founded in 1995 by partners Anton Comrie and Stuart Glen, GREENinc is an award winning landscape architectural consultancy based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Andrew Kerrin and Annamari Comrie became directors in 2011. The practice is renowned for contemporary design over a wide range of scales, typologies and contexts in South Africa and internationally. Whether it is dealing with culturally-loaded heritage sites or functionally driven urban environments, the practice is dedicated to the unique resolution of every project through research, experimentation and collaboration. www.greeninc.co.za

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Spirit OF PLACE Set on site of Zimbali’s Valley of the Pools Coastal resort in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Uys & White Landscape Architects envisage an inspiring and unique space to enhance this coveted location’s genius loci in a truly magical fashion.

Client: Zimbali Estate Management Association Location: Zimbali Coastal Resort & Estate, KZN Timeline of Phase 1 Development: May 2017 - October 2017 Area Phase 1: + - 2 700m²

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Zimbali Coastal Resort is located amongst one of South Africa’s prime coastal nature reserves and has become one of the most prestigious Coastal Residential Estates in the world. It incorporates one of the three remaining forests in KwaZulu-Natal, providing a unique quality lifestyle within the natural environment.

pavilion, constructed of mixed earth concrete, gives a sense of arrival and accommodates a pick-up and drop-off golf cart shuttle service. The floating roof garden with waterwise planting species allows the structure to blend into and age alongside the surrounding environment.

The Valley of the Pools facility has provided Zimbali residents and visitors many years of fun, sun-lounging and pool-side entertainment as well as uninterrupted views of the beach and ocean. Situated on the beach front, the space between the facility and the beach is an important departure point and needs to accommodate, as well as stimulate, the visitor. The journey is as important as the destination. To visit any facility should be a pleasant journey. The brief, which became the main philosophy for the Valley of the Pools upgrade, is threefold:

Parking Area Upgrade – An additional 35 golf cart parking spaces and 33 vehicle parking bays will allow an average of 230 extra visitors to the site. In peak season, the use of the Resort’s shuttle and golf cart service will ease vehicle congestion to the facility. The additional planted indigenous trees will provide shade to these areas.

1. To facilitate world-class entertainment with unique references 2. To accommodate the increase in user demand across the site 3. To identify new facilities The new facilities at the Valley of the Pools need to be both functional and memorable. The list below gives an introduction to the amenities: Arrival Pavilion – The turning circle and arrival www.prolandscaper.co.za

Change of Mode – The visitor will cross the threshold over a water feature to discover the Valley of the Pools. The ‘floating’ roof garden, constructed of mixed earth concrete, allows the structure to blend into the surrounding environment and announce a memorable entrance. Shaded Circular Nodes – The circular pergola structures will create interest in the landscape and direct the visitor to the unique facilities, whilst shading them from the sun.

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Family Day Beds – These cosy large ‘dayloungers’, adjacent to the existing kids’ pool, provide space for the whole family to enjoy the facility. The family daybeds are constructed with timber slats that mimic a sheltered bird’s nest.

Restaurant Upgrade with Viewing Deck – The increase in user demand called for an upgrade to be done to the kitchen area and provision of additional serving space. The extended deck and viewing deck above the restaurant provide an additional 105 seats. The timber-constructed viewing deck offers a distinct event space with cantilevered vistas over the Valley of the Pools, Indian Ocean and the coastal forest.

Architects & Principle Agents CA Architects Michael 032 946 3830

Waterlily Gazebos - The unutilised lake becomes the prime-most visual identity element of the Valley of the Pools. The timber constructed ‘waterlily-shaped’ gazebos appear to float on the lake surrounded by waterlilies. The initial phase of the project will incorporate one Waterlily Gazebo.

Kids’ Pool with Infinity Edge and Water Lounge - The existing kids’ pool will be upgraded with an infinity edge and a shallow water lounge extension, creating a unique experience with the water.

Landscape Architects Uys & White Landscape Architects, KZN Bianca 032 947 2401 Structural Engineers Monoblock Peter 032 947 0716

Memorable spaces and elements have been created here to enrich the “genius loci” or “spirit of place”.

Pool Cabanas – Shaded timber structures provide intimate spaces around the existing pool areas as well as create an opportunity for romantic evening events.

Quantity Surveyors Pinnacle QS Corne 072 514 0735 Electrical & Security Consultants Adamastor Consulting 031 267 4150

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Uys & White KZN is a Landscape Architects practise, based in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. This firm is fortunate to have worldwide projects with extensive experience over 50 years, in Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Their scope of work includes master plans for new cities, urban design, residential estate layouts, streetscapes, markets & upgrades, royal palaces, landscape rehabilitation, boutique farms and agriculture, retirement estates, industrial and business parks, airports, resorts, water parks and city parks. With clients such as Unilever, Radisson Blu, Intercontinental, Investec, Old mutual to name a few, Uys & White create unique solutions, are inspired by nature and driven by people.


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Location: Durbanville Total landscaped area: 22 ha Cost: ¹ R35 mil Timeline of development: Implementation - 13 months Maintenance – 12 months

Based on the Clara Anna Fontein estate, GIBB Landscape Architecture joins a multi-disciplinary team for an exciting development that merges culture and character on this historic site.

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landscape forms “ anTheintegral part of this development. It is the ‘carpet’ that amalgamates all the development elements and unifies the manmade development with the environment in which it resides.

The development consists of residential housing, a retirement village and a private school. The existing 17th Century manor house is being restored to its original splendour and will offer a variety of luxurious facilities, allowing residents to relax and spend time with family and friends. A new fully-equipped sports centre with a squash court, two tennis courts, a swimming pool and change rooms will be included in the development. Vision of landscape design The landscape will form a sense of place with an exclusive character which portrays quality with a balance between aesthetic values, security and sustainability. The objective is to create and sustain an environmental awareness for all users. The development must be cost effective. Space/place must be created for people to enjoy comfortable living with a unique cultural and historical character. Background Just a 40-minute drive from Cape Town’s CBD is the enchanting new development, Clara Anna Fontein. Sometime ago a young man named Hendrik Olivier married his love, Beatrix Verwey. They lived together on a farm in bountiful Durbanville with their 2 daughters named Clara and Anna. Sadly, shortly after Anna was born, Henrik passed away. Beatrix then became the first woman farmer in the Cape and decided to call the farm she lived on, Clara Anna Fontein.

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Until a year ago the entire farm was a game park with roaming antelope, zebra and blue wildebeest. The original 235ha of Game Park is in the process of being developed into an exclusive lifestyle estate. Of the 127ha being developed, 22ha is landscaped open space and 12ha natural wetland, still accessible by the game.

Various passive and active activities will be available such as:

GIBB Landscape Architects had the opportunity through previous associations to become part of a multi-disciplinary team for this exciting and inspiring project.

• 5,5km cycle track • human sundial • labyrinth • various play parks • bird and game watch platform overlooking the natural wetland A central green corridor, green peripheral boundary and vast number of play parks sets an atmosphere of abundant natural open space.

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SUPPLIERS Landscape Contractor Intebe Landscaping Timber work Team Green SA Project Information Riana Delport (Pr Larch) Afrimat 021 917 8840 - Lezanne Inca Concrete 021 904 1620 - Erol New Plant Nursery 044 889 0055 - Lethu Soft landscaping The site is part of the Durbanville Hills area which was originally a renosterveld and fynbos area. This creates an opportunity to re-establish Renosterveld and endemic fynbos. The colourful planting pallet proofs the general conception the renosterveld is dull and boring, wrong. Although the open areas and parks are situated within the urban development, it makes the development fit right into the natural surroundings. Since few renosterveld plants are commercially available, most of the plants have been propagated especially for this project. A total of over 500 000 plants will be planted on completion. The 8 different water-wise planting palette mixes were combined in such a way that

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each mix will always have a seasonal flowering species. Areas of low activities will be hydro-seeded mixed with bulbs and restio’s, to keep costs to the minimum. Specific endemic wetland planting are specified for damper areas such as retaining ponds. Due to the severe water restrictions in the Western Cape, the planting program has been extended until there is sufficient water on site by means of 3 planned boreholes. The main focal areas such as the entrance where watering can be done by water truck filled from a farm dam, are currently being planted. Hard landscaping Being inspired by the natural environment and elements such as rock, wood and water, the landscape design was created with strong

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organic undertone but with a contemporary application. Retaining structures such as gabions are used to establish level areas for activities as the site has an extensive slope. We are using gabions filled with brown stone and natural packed stone as a theme through all hard landscaping elements such as water features, benches and bollards to compliment the architecture of the gatehouse and other Werf components. All roads, cycle routes and pedestrian surfaces are paved with exposed aggregate paving to establish the natural ambiance of the landscape design. Timber footbridges and boardwalks with in the open space create an opportunity for the residents to become part of the natural landscape within this urban development. The landscape forms an integral part of this development. It is the ‘carpet’ that amalgamates all the development elements and unifies the manmade development with the environment in which it resides. “I sit in my garden, gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself. And I find sufficient purpose for my day” Robert Brault

ABOUT GIBB

GIBB is conscious of the environment in which it operates in and continuously seeks ways to offer sustainable solutions on its projects. GIBB’s Landscape architecture specialists have a wealth of experience in planning, co-ordination, management and execution of a wide range of landscape projects. We integrate landscape design and artistic flair with measurable factors and have the benefit of using our in-house specialists, environmental scientists, engineers and technical professionals to transform a project and deliver superior solutions.

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LUXURY LIVING GREENinc had to envisage landscaping from two different angles during The Houghton apartment block development in Johannesburg – one on the street-side and another with uninterrupted views of the adjacent golf course

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hen Johannesburg-based GREENinc Landscape Architecture took on The Houghton luxury apartment block project for client Asvid Holdings, the company had to take a view from two very different angles. On one side of the development, apartments overlook Johannesburg’s Houghton Golf Course, with the building’s two wings lying next to the 7th and 12th holes. As well as a great view of the golf course, apartments on that side of the block have private gardens with uninterrupted views,

heated swimming pools with awnings to protect residents’ privacy, and outdoor areas suitable for all kinds of al fresco entertainment. On the street side, however, space was utilised for more practical reasons, providing visitor parking and access to secure basements for vehicles, while pedestrians enter groundfloor units and lifts via garden-like spaces. Each seven-storey stack of apartments has its own lift, eliminating the need for common corridors at the ‘rear’ of the building. However, from both sides of every unit residents can enjoy views across the golf course and towards Houghton Ridge. Large plane trees already lined the pavements in front of The Houghton, while on the street-side, with its extended sidewalk and cobbled avenue, a lot of space is dedicated to access for vehicles. However, priority was given to pedestrians by removing all kerbs so the cobbled avenue flows throughout all areas. GREENinc introduced planting to soften the expanse of paving. However, these had to be lifted in raised planters and loose pots as the entire area sits on basement slab. These planters and pots helped to give scale to the flat landscape lying in front of the high

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elevations of the building, while also offering seating for residents on a hot day. At H12, which is the wing adjacent to the 12th hole, the hardiest of plant varieties were chosen as the area becomes very hot in the summer yet sits in the shadow of the building throughout winter. Despite this, the chosen palette for the shared spaces is full of colour and lush greens. GREENinc complemented the landscaping with custom furniture, including benches and lighting bollards. Perimeter security also fell under the company’s scope, and a security fence was erected around the entire

development. Clearvu fencing was chosen to least obstruct views, alternated with stone walls and planted light-boxes. On the golf course side, ground-floor units open on to private gardens and enjoy amazing views across the golf course. Originally, the space was conceived as a long promenade that would connect all the units to the golf course and a hotel at the development’s centre, with private ‘balconies’ on a raised level separating private from semi-private space. However, a limited budget meant the first phase merely comprised of large areas of planted embankments and lawns. Hardscape elements such as swimming pools and decks were also placed in the architect’s scope, making co-ordination difficult. The second and third phases of the project involved work on the apartment gardens. The H12 gardens were designed as large balconies, which terrace down to the golf course. Planting and pools were then elegantly added to the garden areas, with services such as pool pumps tucked under the upper terrace. As the step between the lower and upper terraces was less than 800mm, balustrades

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were not required but still hid the security fence from view. The lower terrace is within the common area and allows movement between units as well as providing access for maintenance staff. Stairs to each unit feature custom-designed gates, helping to prevent children from wandering into adjacent units with the accompanying danger of them falling into neighbouring swimming pools. Although the client’s brief was to maximise views of the golf course, this factor had to be balanced by the need to ensure each garden enjoys a good degree of privacy from neighbouring units. Alternate timber screens and hedges help to provide privacy between units at ground level. To allow residents privacy from units on higher floors, timber pergolas with retractable awnings were added above swimming pools. Scattered trees also help to block views from above.

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REFERENCES Landscape architect GREENinc Tel: +27 11 327 3687 Email: admin@greeninc.co.za www.greeninc.co.za Architects Boogertman + Partners (Johannesburg) Tel: +27 82 560 0369 Email: mail@boogertmanjhb.co.za www.boogertman.com Main contractor Gothic Construction Tel: +27 60 977 4589 Email: reception@gothic.co.za www.gothic.co.za Joinery TrueStyle Hard Landscaping Solutions Tel: +27 84 694 2315 Email: info@truestyleland.co.za www.truestyleland.co.za Landscape contractor Earthforce Landscapes Tel: +27 11 021 3757 Email: jiri@wbs.co.za

SUPPLIERS Pools Pool Pro Tel: +27 82 444 7016 Email: info@poolpro.co.za www.poolpro.co.za

At the H7 wing by the 7th hole, the terrace style was replaced by large retaining walls for units next to the irrigation dam. Softer raised banks were also used in places with minimal level differences to the golf course. In Phase 3, swimming pools were alternated with sunken entertainment spaces known as firepits. Materials used for the hardscaping elements of the gardens consisted of cut stone and gravel, with timber and steel used for all vertical elements, while powder-coated aluminium was used on all planting area edges. Plants used were a mix of grassland palettes and cape bulbs. To separate the bottom of the gardens in the H7 block and the golf course, a small stream was constructed with dense wetland planting introduced to animate the space and help to purify and aerate the irrigation dam water. More spatial definition was required at some of the larger units, so raised steel planters,

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water features and large timber pergolas were designed. GREENinc was responsible for all external areas in The Houghton project, including service co-ordination, surface slab drainage and reticulation, paved surfaces, timber decks, pools and gardens. ABOUT GREEN INC GREENinc was founded in 1995 by partners Anton Comrie and Stuart Glen and has scooped a number of landscape architecture awards. Based in Johannesburg, the company has become renowned internationally for its contemporary design project. GREENinc can count many of South Africa’s leading companies among its clients and some of its notable projects include Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Jabulani Hospital in Soweto, and Phase 2 of The Freedom Park in Pretoria. www.greeninc.co.za

Paving WilsonStone Tel: +27 11 616 7129 Email: lauren@wilsonstone.co.za www.wilsonstone.co.za Mazista Tel: +27 11 998 2600 www.mazista.co.za Bosun Tel: 012 250 1711 Email: nw@bosun.co.za www.bosun.co.za Lighting Regent Lighting Tel: +27 82 927 5525 Email: retail@wahl.co.za www.regentlight.co.za Fencing Cochrane Steel Tel: +27 11 593 0400 www.cochranesteel.com Planters Classic Stone Tel: +27 21 701 7655 www.classicstone.co.za Custom-built pergolas to GREENinc design True Style Tel: +27 11 768 1305 www.truestyleland.co.za

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CONCRETE CONCEPT Hortcouture Landscape Architects create a concrete paradise within the urban setting of Johannesburg. The design follows the architectural cues of the site and building, producing a unique & beautiful contemporary outdoor space for this residence.

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The Brief The brief was simple enough in that the design was to take architectural cues, replicate material use in the structure and create enough usable space on a challenging sloped site. Concrete was a central theme of the project with much of the architecture making use of this versatile material. Concrete was a requirement in the landscape to create unity between the building and landscape. The second requirement was to make use of the site and create as much level garden and lawn areas as possible. Level surfaces were not part of the existing site which had a height difference of 20m down a rocky slope along the Bedfordview Ridge. The design objectives were to formulate a proposal that worked with the architectural style and use of materials, make full use of the site and a solution that would be workable for the client and their family. The main challenge of the project was evident in the site, a steep rocky slope with a 20metre drop from the highest to the lowest point. Along with this, there were no level areas, where the

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existing structure was demolished with a new structure taking its place. Geotechnical services were required to stabilise certain rock faces which left these as exposed gunite cement. These exposed surfaces were seen to be in stark contrast to the natural features of the site, and it was decided to plant over the exposed gunite with living walls to form green carpets of growth cascading down the gunite walls. A natural exposed rock surface was used to install climbing walls with a secure launch platform and autobelay system. The steep site was rendered negotiable with steel mentis grate catwalks which leads one to the climbing wall launch area and a viewing deck at the highest point on the site. The elevated catwalk allows for minimal intrusion in the landscape below and light to still provide adequate growing conditions for planting. The catwalk provides a comfortable means to access the site while in keeping with the robust and industrial materials used on the project. A small lawn area was installed on the ground floor level adjacent to the entrainment area and indoor pool, which necessitated the construction of a 4m retaining wall with the neighbouring property.

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SUPPLIERS Landscape Contractor DIG (design in garden) Craig Hunter - 072 282 0446 Horticare Shaun Alcock - 011 024 2480 Plant Sourcing Tshala Plant Brokers Gail Dreyer - 082 415 0165 Irrigation Wetec Arnold van de Wetering - 011 708 7950 Lighting Streamlight Jason Rivkind - 011 440 4142 Boundary Wall Coprox Sonia Nogueira - 011 579 4300 Galvanised Steel Catwalk PECON Engineering Artevia Exposed Aggregate Driveway: Lafarge Aeysha Lalla - 011 657 1020

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The lawn terrace is framed by a concrete panel feature wall with Led strip lighting to emphasize the panels at night. The panels were hung on a steel sub-frame system with panels of varying dimensions being set slightly apart on varying planes and with varying gaps. The play on shadows adds further dimension to the feature wall. The central atrium with shallow reflection pond was included to add water to the scheme. The pond was given a shallow mesh covered with pebbles to maintain a safe environment for young children. A small children’s play area was set back from the boma area with a steel play fort, and accessed via the raised catwalk. The boma area of mixed chipped concrete, steel and timber further continues the material theme of the project. Planting was 85% indigenous and well suited to the geographical and geological conditions of the site.

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have passionately been defining exterior spaces and places for the past 18 years on a variety of projects being residential, commercial, industrial and hospitality Hortcouture works to provide innovative and aesthetically pleasing environments for people to enjoy, while ensuring that changes to the natural environment are appropriate, sensitive and sustainable. Hortcouture are a small sized consulting company, offering holistic solutions in the disciplines of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning & Consulting for the past 20 years. Undertaking a variety of specialized projects in the Residential, Commercial, Institutional and Industrial spheres, this company has competency in all aspects of Landscape Architecture, and Environmental planning and consulting. They collaborate closely with landscape contractors, as well as other professionals, especially architects, town planners, environmentalists and people working in surveying and engineering functions.

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Monaghan farm, Rhenoster Spruit Conservancy Project Value: R 3 50 000 Size: 575m2 Timeline: 11 Months

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WITH NATURE Veld architects bring to life an interactive project where nature and architecture merge, to become a true representation of harmonisation.

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4 Harmonisation From the first visit to the site on Monaghan farm, which forms part of the Rhenoster Spruit Conservancy, it was clear that the main design generator should be nature. The design process evolved from a biomimetic approach to design, where nature was used as model, measure and mentor to solve problems and inform decisions regarding the marriage of architecture and landscaping. The context provided ample inspiration of natural designs and processes that were applied to the architecture which in turn informed the landscaping design. Careful consideration of the interaction between architecture, planted landscape and indigenous landscape contributed to the harmonious integration of the man-made into the natural splendour of the site.

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The Fog stand beetle gave cues on the importance of water harvesting. All storm water run-off from the roofs are harvested and collected in an underground tank and is used to irrigate the strictly indigenous garden. During times of drought, household greywater can be redirected to collect in the underground tank and used for irrigation and the natural pool, where the water is circulated through a living ecosystem of plants, can be recycled and used as household water. To integrate the architecture and its inhabitants with nature the threshold between nature and architecture was blurred with courtyards planted with indigenous shrubbery that act as the green lungs of the house.

5 project. The sun’s energy is harvested and stored in batteries that forms a backup energy source and provides adequate water heating for use in the house. In colder winter months the resulting warm water can be redirected into the under floor heating system to support the passive space heating. The water harvesting and recycling mentioned above also contributes to this factor of the house. The intention was producing a building that integrates well with its environment by mimicking an organism, its participation in a larger context and the process and cycle of the greater environment the manmade was successfully integrated into its natural landscape and context.

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Nature was used as model, measure and mentor to solve problems and inform decisions regarding the marriage of architecture and landscaping.

People upliftment Monaghan farm is surrounded by Diepsloot and Cosmo city where unemployment is alarmingly high.

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Once the earthworks was completed there was a vast amount of bulk material left which would have had to be carted away. After some deliberation it was decided to use the excess material in a rammed earth wall that became a big feature of the overall project. It also created an opportunity for the surrounding community to develop a useful skill set and to become part of the building process. The local community members where trained on site to familiarise them with different construction materials, workmanship of the form work as well as due diligence. The erection of some test blocks was done under the supervision of an expert in the field and the specific mixtures of lime and soil to provide adequate strength to the wall explained. Evolutionary paradigm Monaghan Farm is situated close to the Cradle of Humankind. The rich history of the farm and the area’s link to the prehistoric past informed the eco-estate’s vision of only developing three percent of the 520 hectare farm. It was therefore important for the project to sit quietly on the rolling grasslands of the Highveld and embrace its surroundings, history and nature. Placemaking performance Instead of public performance and activities in an urban context the focus was on creating a space where the daily performance of raising and growing as a family can happen naturally. Open plan living spaces allow for meaningful interactions and the ingress of the natural landscape allows for an ever present connection to nature.

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Exposed Aggregate Paving Lafarge Artevia Natalie: 011 657 0000 www.lafarge.co.za Instant lawn Evergreen Turf Fanus: 082 561 2166 www.evergreenturf.co.za Veld Architects Gillian Holl 082 856 5419 www.veldarchitects.co.za

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Trees and Plants Green Art Eleen van Biljon 083 651 1879 Wetland Pools Anthony Philbrick 082 900 5691 www.wetlandpools.co.za 1 View over the indigenous Highveld landscape towards the Northern façade of the house. 2 Northern courtyard houses outside living spaces and natural pool. 3 Inside living seamlessly opens up to outside living. 4 Entrance along rammed earth wall and Southern courtyard. 5 Main bedroom inviting in the natural splendour of the site.

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Veld Architects is a design consultancy studio which is based in Lanseria. Their expertise lies in the design of exclusive contemporary residences and selective projects. They have done both indoor and outdoor applications and are passionate about detailing and manufacturing furnishings to complete the project and surpass the expectation of the client. An emphasis is placed on sustainability and function to reflect each individual clients requirements and we ensure that each project gets the individual attention it deserves from start to completion. www.veldarchitects.co.za

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LUNAWOOD DECKING Lunawood is an outstanding decking material due to its stability and durability. Improved insulation properties make Lunawood an excellent choice for decking.

LUNAWOOD FACADE Thermowood is an outstanding choice for exterior claddings and facades. Thermowood allows Scandinavian softwood to be successfully used in hot and humid weather conditions.

REASONS TO USE LUNAWOOD THERMOWOOD

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CONCRETE THAT COMES TO LIFE AFTER DARK A UNIQUE INNOVATION FOR BUILDING MATERIALS

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LuminTech®, the impressive new addition to Chryso’s wide range of decorative concretes, comprises a variety of different luminescent particles that are applied to the surface and incorporated into the concrete skin. The particles – which during the day imitate natural aggregates – absorb UV radiation, both natural and artificial, and then after dark release the energy to illuminate selected areas of a building or home.

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She says LuminTech®’s glowing appearance can generally be seen for more than 10 hours after dark, and can be used as luminous nocturnal marking in lowlight areas or even replace electric lighting on cycle paths, for example. The luminous concrete marking

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Michelle Fick, Executive Relationship and Project Manager for the Chryso Southern Africa Group, says LuminTec® offers exciting new design possibilities for architects, landscapers and home-owners. “The innovative technology can be used to illuminate and enhance the architectural lines of an urban building at night, or highlight a domestic terrace or garden pathway, or the edges of a swimming pool. The intensity of the illumination depends on the volume of particles scattered on the concrete skin. Available in four colours, the particles are ideal for outdoor use as they are not epoxybased,” Fick explains.

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enhances quality of life as it clearly defines spaces making it easier for users to find their way in the dark.

based surface retarder. The luminous particles are also suitable for polished concrete surfaces although this application is not widely used.

“LuminTech® application merely calls for the particles to be placed on the concrete surface. It also requires no manual input to ‘switch on’ and just needs conventional decorative concrete maintenance: washing the surface occasionally with soapy water. Even in daylight, the particles offer designers creative potential: the choice of daytime colours differs from the colours glowing in the dark.”

“For a building industry increasingly concentrating on sustainability, LuminTech® is an environmentally-friendly light source as its particles are sourced from composite recycled material and natural mineral pigments. The new product’s technology meets several French and European standards and strongly resists impact and friction. It is also not affected by freeze-thaw cycles,” she adds.

Fick says LuminTech® should ideally be used on exposed aggregate concrete in conjunction with Chryso’s Deco Lav water-

The durability of LuminTech® is another strong positive factor as its luminosity does not deteriorate over time.

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THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER

WITH DURATURF

DuraTurf from Belgotex is the perfect artificial grass solution for both commercial and residential spaces. It requires no weeding, mowing, watering and minimal cleaning, the ideal substitute for natural grass, especially considering the national water crisis. DuraTurf offers a variety of ranges with 13 infill and non-infill products for home, hotel or restaurant gardens, pool decks, verandas, courtyards, offices and virtually all non-arable areas. These products, with varying lengths and realistic colours, guarantee you an evergreen lawn all year round. Infill and non-infill products such as loose-lay rugs, rolls of lawn and colourful grass, are available for normal outdoor applications. More specialised options include putting greens and multi-purpose sports fields for sports clubs and schools. In addition to its low maintenance qualities, DuraTurf is UV-resistant, anti-allergenic, soft and safe for children and pets, and can be used indoors, offering you ultimate peace of mind. DuraTurf is specifically developed to withstand the high levels of UV exposure typical of the South African climate, ensuring it performs well and retains its aesthetics under the harsh South African sun. With DuraTurf the creative possibilities for your garden are endless. Ideal for landscape design, beautiful flowerbeds and hard or soft landscape features can be incorporated by simply cutting out shapes and patterns on the artificial grass. This perfectly trimmed, and locally manufactured product will add a glorious touch of green to brighten any dull areas across all seasons. Warranty and Guarantee Manufactured and backed by Belgotex, who have been supplying the South African consumer industry for over 30 years with products they can trust. Duraturf products have a 6-year UV warranty and a 5-year manufacturing guarantee. For More Information, contact DuraTurf on (033) 897 7500 | www.duraturf.co.za

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THE ART OF DECORATIVE CONCRETE LAFARGE ARTEVIA™ Lafarge Artevia™ opens a window on a world of unique colour, pattern and texture in decorative concrete. Offering homeowners, landscape architects and developers exciting opportunities for aesthetic expression combined with outstanding performance, Artevia™ imparts originality and added value throughout any property.

A vibrant beachfront walkway created in Durban with Artevia™ Colour.

Artevia™ Exposed is a highly popular exterior concrete paving due to its robustness and the potential wide variety of finishes. Particularly suitable for driveways and paths, the slip-resistant gravelled effect of the exposed aggregates creates an exclusive finish for the client.

Lafarge South Africa, a member of the international LafargeHolcim group, a world leader in building materials, has developed its innovative range of Artevia™ products to provide extensive solutions for indoor and outdoor architectural paving requirements.

THE RANGE: Artevia™ Colour, produced with integral UV stable colour pigments; Artevia™ Exposed that has the natural beauty and texture of the selected aggregate exposed during the finishing process;

An attractive Artevia™ Exposed driveway adds value to a property.

Artevia™ Stone provides the look and feel of a premium natural quarried stone at a fraction of the cost.

Artevia™ Polish, which is ground and polished to a beautiful silky-smooth marblelike finish that is slip resistant; Artevia™ Stone which achieves simulated masonry effects. In addition to the extensive choice of colours and textures offered by Artevia™, the product offers the ideal solution for a strong, durable, low-maintenance, structural concrete floor or outside paving with fewer joints. Integral, UV resistant pigments give Artevia™ Colour its enduring beauty and an extensive palette of colours to choose from. A testament to the product’s durability is its selection for high traffic projects as seen at Bara Square in Johannesburg and the Durban beachfront walkway.

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Adding style to a sun-drenched patio with Lafarge Artevia™ Stone.

Artevia™ Polish achieves a uniquely elegant appearance with its silky-smooth, marble-like finish. Suitable for stylish interior floors, patios, walkways and pool surrounds, the product is in demand for a wide variety of projects large and small. One of the largest and most impressive projects was the paving for the Moses Mabida Stadium in Durban.

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Beautiful and durable, Artevia™ Polish paves the way to the Moses Mabida Stadium in Durban.

Green Tag Certification “The Lafarge Readymix team offers the best range of multipurpose concrete products and solutions on the market, including a range of innovative LafargeHolcim global brands,” says Lafarge’s Herbert Groenewald, Head of Building Marketing. “Artevia™ is one of the high quality global brands that we have introduced to the local market and has achieved the prestigious Global Green Tag South Africa certification.” With this certification Artevia™ products carry a QR code assuring customers of instant product information and the assurance of conforming to the Global Green Tag creed of “… the protection and restoration of natural systems by reducing the impact of products and built environments and by building awareness of practical solutions that support healthy environments and ecological regeneration.” The LafargeHolcim global brands have the same specification throughout the world with top quality and guaranteed identical performance, and offer solutions specifically adapted and tested in the local market to reflect South African expertise.

“The success of the Artevia™ range of decorative concretes lies in the fact that it not only offers a wide scope for architectural expression, but it is also a strong durable structural concrete. The use of quality UV resistant colour pigments in a homogeneous mix ensures lasting beauty not only in the finish but throughout the paving,” adds Groenewald.

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Complement a beautiful lifestyle with the luxury of silky smooth but non-slip, Artevia™ Polish interior and exterior floors. The Artevia™ range is the ultimate choice in decorative concretes offering an architectural palette of colours, textures and patterns. Aesthetically-striking, the products share strength and durable, low-maintenance finishes. Artevia™: merging innovative concrete technology with natural beauty.

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A STEP FORWARD IN OUTDOOR PAVING Evolve your outdoor portfolio with these innovative 2cm Architech Porcelain Pavers. Landscape Architects, Designers and Contractors are now able to apply a completely different approach to hard landscaping with new colours, textures and sizes. Italcotto, a leading tile retailer based in the Mother City, continues to pioneer the latest tile trends with its three decades of experience in the industry by introducing the 2cm outdoor porcelain paver to the market. By researching South Africa’s landscaping industry, it was rather clear that an alternative to cement, concrete and brick paving was required for the discerning designers.A paving product with a more contemporary look and feel which did not require sealing and maintenance was at the top of most industry professional’s requirements.Through an established network of 50 passionate dealers in S.A and Namibia, the 2cm porcelain paver is now available to the public and more importantly to the landscaping trade. Beautiful sample displays of the pavers can be viewed at the dealer stores with many having lifestyle displays incorporated into their store gardens so that you can see the product in application.

Italcotto’s revolutionary porcelain pavers offer a blend of versatility, design, performance, simplicity of installation and eco-sustainability. For all the same reasons you would choose a porcelain tile for your interior flooring surfaces, you can now choose porcelain pavers for your exterior surfaces. The benefits of the porcelain paver include being resistant to salts, acids, chlorine, pesticides, insecticides and general household chemicals. Because they are fired at 1200 C degrees and not sun dried like cement or concrete pavers, they have a very high breaking strength. (8170 N per mm sq) The pavers are easy to install and clean and have a non-slip surface which is perfect for outdoor use. The colours will not fade or stain over time and are rectified. This means the pavers are REGULAR in size allowing you to lay them with narrow joints from 2mm in thickness.

PAVER RANGE QUARTZ SERIES Available in 600x600x20mm in 4 colours that simulate a natural quartz stone finished with a non-slip R11 surface for outdoor use. The Quartz Greige, Anthracite & Grey are now also available in a stunning 600x1200x20mm slab. The Quartz Greige and Grey are also available in both an indoor and outdoor finish in 600x600mmand 600x1200mm in the normal 10mm thickness. This allows your floors to run seamlessly from inside to outside and into your garden space. TRAIL SERIES Available in 300x1200mm in 3 natural wood colours, Nero, Moka and Ivory, simulating a sleeper type wood in a non-slip R11 surface for outdoor use.

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Playground flooring offers real shock absorption and significantly reduces the risk of fall-related injuries. • • • • • • • • • •

Excellent shock absorption Seamless, smooth and comfortable Critical Fall Height (CFH) legislation compliant Long lasting, durable and impact resistant Does not discolour or fade (UV stable) Available in 36 bright colours Non-slip and hygienic Eco-friendly and low maintenance SA Sport and Play Industry (SASPI) member Available in wet pour or interlocking tile (DIY) format PlaySafe is a brand of

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ITS TIME TO PLAYSAFE The solution to Playground Protective flooring

PLAYSAFE safety rubber flooring is a brand of Seamless Flooring Systems and is one of the leading products in playground protection flooring in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa. PLAYSAFE has a wide range and variety of specialist playground flooring and not only produces its very own safety flooring ranges, it also represents many International brands in South Africa. The products meet International fall height legislation and are SANS compliant. The core of most of the systems is SBR recycled rubber, however Seamless Flooring Systems is the only company in South Africa that stocks and distributes the PLAYSAFE EPDM rubber range which comes in 24 bright UV stable appealing colours. PLAYSAFE offers the wet pour in situ system ECORUBBA and in the PLAYSAFE EPDM finish, which offers more design flexibility and can accommodate patterns and designs in the final safety floor finish. PLAYSAFE is now also offered in the increasingly popular tile/ slab format in thicknesses from 25mm to 90mm and in 500mm x 500mm sizes held together by interlocking connector pins. Worldwide, the interlocking tile system

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dominates the market as it is more resilient to wear and tear, is budget friendly, has instant Certification for critical fall height compliance, is easy to install and the quality of each tile is consistent with the next. Repairing a tiled playground is as simple as popping out and replacing an identical tile whereas a wet pour playground repair is unsightly, time consuming and difficult to carry out. Both PLAYSAFE surfaces are all-weather resistant and non-slip. Children enjoy legal protection when playing on playground equipment. The implementation of playground safety standards internationally has reduced the risk of accidents by as much as 80%. In the event of an injury to a child in a playground as the result of a fall, the SANS standards and at least 9 other protection laws are used in litigation for compensation. Municipalities and private entities alike would therefore benefit from a product that carries these sound certifications. The standard of care is a minimum standard imposed by the “Duty of Care “application of the law.This law is applicable to all public playgrounds, schools, municipalities, entertainment centers, nursery schools etc.;

where a 3rd party is involved, regardless of whether there is supervision. Beneath all playground equipment with a free fall height of more than 60cm and/or equipment causing a forced movement on the body of the user (e.g. swings,slides, rocking equipment, cable ways and carousels), there must be impact protection surfacing over the entire impact area. The Critical Fall Height of the playground equipment and the type of equipment used will determine the thickness of the safety flooring required and the placement of the safety flooring.

Jeremy Stewart, owner of Seamless Flooring Systems is the Chairman of SASPI (South African Sports and Play Industry) and is the leading authority on playground safety flooring in Sub Saharan Africa. He wrote and adopted the COP (Code of Practice) for the Installation and Maintenance of WetPour Safety Surfacing for Playgrounds and is regularly published with regards to playground safety for the industry.

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Liquid Design is a leading designer, fabricator and installer of bespoke indoor and outdoor water features in South Africa. We pride ourselves on considering our clients requirements, surroundings and space, and delivering as unique an end product as possible. E: liquiddesign@mweb.co.za | T: 011 477 0298/082 891 3218 www.liquidfeatures.co.za

Here today. In your garden tomorrow. We’ve over 25 years’ experience in planting mature trees. in fact, you could call us purveyors of instant forests. With us, there’s no waiting for decades. Visit our tree nursery and choose from over 65 000 large trees. We’ll deliver. We’ll plant. You’ll transform your garden almost overnight.

• Arboriculture consulting • Over 65 000 trees to choose from • And don’t fell; we rescue

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FLOORING SOLUTIONS FOR THE DISCERNING PROFESSIONAL. Sustainable, functional and aesthetic flooring products for residential, commercial and public applications.

STREETSCAPING TACTILE PAVERS

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The range of products that SmartStone manufactures does not consist of Cast Stone products only. The SmartStone Streetscaping range consists of products that can be incorporated seamlessly into the design of commercial and city landscapes. Tactile paving is a system of paving with an indicative surface which assists blind or visually impaired pedestrians. www.smartstone.co.za

SMARTSTONE COBBLE STONES SmartStone cobbles and pavers are renowned for their durability and aesthetic appeal. All products in this range can carry vehicular traffic. They are however not restricted to be used as driveway paving. SmartStone cobbles are also extremely popular for paving around swimming pools and on walkways. www.smartstone.co.za

BERA GRAVEL FIX® PRO BERA Gravel Fix® Pro is an advanced recyclable stabilization system for gravel, shells, mulch and sand. With its hexagonal honeycomb-like structure of high quality polypropylene cells, BERA Gravel Fix® Pro is designed to provide a strong and stable sub-base for the professional application of gravel on paths, driveways, car parks and roofs. Installed by professional contractors it will facilitate a strong and porous surface for residential and urban projects. Applications:

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COROBRIK PAVERS South Africa’s major brick maker, Corobrik has been operating since 1902 manufacturing a wide range of clay face bricks, non-face bricks and clay pavers. The company has distribution outlets throughout the country and sells any quantity from an individual purchasing a few hundred bricks through to large corporates requiring millions of bricks to be delivered to sites meeting tight deadlines. The strength and durability of Corobrik's wide and versatile range of clay face bricks, is equally matched by its aesthetic qualities that are compelling and captivating. The Corobrik clay face brick range offers the widest variety of colours, shades, shapes, and textures available from Corobrik Centres around the country.

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Corobrik clay brick pavers offer beauty and durability underfoot with an aesthetic appeal and great practicality. The distinctive range of clay brick pavers offer an extensive palette of colours and textures, offering an excellent spectrum for all tastes and lifestyles. www.corobrik.co.za

WORLD OF DECORATIVE CONCRETE: YOURS IN ‘CONCRETE WITH SOUL’ World of Decorative Concrete (WODC) is an offshoot of the mother company, Quickslab, which was established in 1995 as a precast concrete decking company with Johan Coetzee as the structural engineer at the helm of the company. Quickslab expanded rapidly in the rib & block segment of the construction industry and is today a well-established company in the Western Cape. In 2001 another offshoot, Stucco Italiano, was established as a sister company to Quickslab with a view to specialise in the fast-growing cementitious decor industry. Stucco Italiano has since grown into one of the leading suppliers of stucco products for residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

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Today, leading architects routinely specify WODC’s products and work for their high-end projects. Their success has paved the way for exports to the European and Mauritian markets. This is a proudly South African company, with all of its products locally designed and manufactured. Employing the HTC “Superfloor” method of grinding and polishing concrete floors, their largest single project to date is the surrounding and base floor of the Moses Mabhida soccer stadium in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Pictured here, their work on The Towers at Merriam Square. www.wodc.co.za

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ACCOYA® WOOD PRODUCTS: THE FUTURE OF ACETYLATED WOOD

“Accoya® is 100% non-toxic, 100% recyclable & sustainably sourced wood”

Imagine a wood that can replace increasingly scarce tropical hardwoods, treated woods and less sustainable materials in new and existing outdoor applications. Imagine a wood that will act as a better carbon sink during its extended life span and can be safely recycled at the end. Such a wood exists. It is Accoya® wood: the world's leading high technology wood. Spanning eight decades of research, Accoya® wood combines past and present scientific wood acetylation study with a proprietary production process to deliver reliable commercial-scale results.

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The acetylation process used to make Accoya® wood is entirely nontoxic and introduces no chemicals not already found in the wood. In producing Accoya® wood, the chemical structure of the wood is modified from the surface to the core, providing outstanding and durable performance. Accoya® wood has been tested over prolonged periods— and has been proven to withstand the toughest of external environments.

CREATIVE STONE’S WOOD WAVE RANGE Since inception in 1998, The Creative Stone Company has grown to comprise of 15 acres of property including indoor & outdoor showroom areas, four factories, with a fifth factory and entrepreneurial park in progress. With the addition of new products to their existing ranges, The Creative Stone Company has become a valued contributor in the simulated stone industry. Their Wood Wave Range consists of Wood Wave Flagstone, Wood Wave Bullnose (Corresponding Coping) and Wood Wave Cobble Pavers. The contemporary wood grain flagstone allows one to create a stylish modern yet still organic feel. A great update for entertainment areas, patios and pools in residential and commercial spaces. The beautiful wood grain cobble provides a sophisticated modern organic texture and adds interest and detail to walkways and driveways. www.creativestone.co.za

The exceptional durability and dimensional stability mean that Accoya® wood requires significantly less maintenance, because paints and stains stay where they belong: on the wood. In fact, test results between Accoya® wood and unmodified wood constantly prove that coatings last up to 3 times as long on Accoya® wood. Accoya® wood is a modified wood. Manufactured using a non-toxic treatment and timber sourced from sustainable forests, Accoya® wood has properties that match those of the best tropical hardwoods.

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“The beautiful wood grain cobble provides a sophisticated modern organic texture”

Appearance is a key selling point for residential and commercial projects, therefore the choice of paving plays an important role in the final design of developments. It is no surprise that Technicrete’s Conleaf smart and durable pavers are often specified by architects and developers in order to obtain the desired attractive finish to a project. The Conleaf paving block offers patterns and lines through its unique soft curved appearance and with a choice of colours that include autumn, terracotta, plum, grey, slate and tan, the choice of product is varied. It is a very functional paver which enhances the final appearance of any petrol station forecourt, municipal parking area, pathway, commercial and residential development, factory roads or suburban streets.

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The Conleaf is manufactured in a 55mm or 60 mm thickness, with a 200x200 mm length/width. A larger 80mm is available upon request. www.technicrete.co.za

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