Recently completed affordable housing in Sasolburg

Recently completed affordable housing in Sasolburg

Corobrik’s CoroJem Classic Blend Travertine gave the perfect finish to the Zamdela community residential units in Sasolburg.

PICTURE BY: Urban Dynamics

The recently completed Zamdela community residential units in Sasolburg form the third phase of the provision of affordable housing to the area.

The 128 subsidised two and three-bedroom duplex units in Zamdela were completed in November 2017.

The first phase consisted of 98 community residential units, which were completed in February 2015, and the second phase of 30 units was finished a year later in Corobrik’s Travertine face bricks. Also forming part of this affordable housing initiative was the Nick Ferreira development consisting of 148 modern units built across phase one and two, also in the CoroJem Classic face brick.

Falling under the Metsimaholo Local Municipality, the project was funded by Free State Department of Human Settlements with the principle agent Urban Dynamics (Free State) Inc, contracted by Stefanutti Stocks; engineering work done by IX Engineers; Rubiquant performing the quantity surveying and Incline Architects working on the design.

According to Incline Architects, 370 260 CoroJem Classic Blend Travertine face bricks were chosen, both as an affordable solution, as well as the overall aesthetic finish which created warm homes. The CoroJem is essentially twice the width of a standard brick and laid as a single skin making it 20 percent more affordable than the double-skin wall format.

Incline Architects said these high-quality bricks met the clients’ needs for a brick that fitted into the budget.

“The intention was to design homes that created more of a sense of belonging. Although here was some reluctance at first to the exposed brick, the community was quickly attracted to the duplex units on completion and they’re proving particularly popular with younger people.”

Corobrik’s commercial director, Musa Shangase, says the CoroJem was designed to meet the growing needs of the affordable housing sector, providing a sustainable building option which fused aesthetics with quality.

“Corobrik is committed to working with government in its ongoing aim to create homes where people really want to live,” says Shangase. “These bricks are used to build inexpensive, maintenance-free developments that have a number of associated living benefits including natural sound-proofing, thermal qualities and incombustibility.

“The natural, earthy colours and textures don’t require plastering and painting, saving on future maintenance costs and the low lifecycle energy costs make this an environmentally-sound choice for construction.”