A positive customer experience is what all retailers seek to achieve through their sales outlets. This puts an emphasis on a good aesthetic appearance internally and externally, which is an element that the new CTM retail outlet in Thornhill, Polokwane considered when choosing the Technicrete Enviro-Wall retaining wall blocks being selected for the external features of this new retail outlet.
The concept of the Enviro-Wall system is a gravity retaining wall constructed of dry stacked interlocking pre-cast blocks. The configuration of the retaining wall can be changed by opening or closing the space between the blocks. In the open configuration, the cavities between the blocks can be filled with soil, ideal for plant growth due to the moisture that is collected in the open spaces. The Enviro-Wall is reversible allowing either the smooth or rough textured to be chosen, or a combination of both can be used to create a unique design.
Technicrete supplied 10,962 blocks to the CTM project, which was installed by FN Civils.
Marius Nel, Project Manager and Frikkie Nel owner of FN Civils said “We have worked with Technicrete for over 30 years on various projects, so the quality of their product and soundness of their technical recommendations is not up for question. They have a proven track record. The final appearance of the Enviro-Wall product at CTM is testimony to this”.
“We have a great working relationship with FN Civils that stretches back many years. The Thornhill CTM project was awarded to FN Civils who sought our technical input as to what was the best suited product available from Technicrete for the retainer walls. We recommended our Enviro-Wall system as it is the preferred option for walls requiring reinforcement in the form of horizontal Geogrids and the long-lasting quality that it offers” said Peter Hilton, Sales Representative for Technicrete.
The Enviro-Wall system is suited for installation on a wide variety of embankment heights, although high and vertical walls should be supported by a reinforced fill. Foundation requirements will be dependent on the wall height and underlying soil conditions.
The system is suited to bridge abutments, earth embankments, cut slopes, landscaping of cut and fill areas around buildings, the protection of steep channels, river banks and culvert inlets and outlets. The Enviro-Wall also has the ability to reduce noise when installed alongside roadways.
Technicrete ISG is part of the Infrastructure Specialist Group which also comprises Rocla and Ocon Brick.