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Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers enhance the green aspects of Menlyn Maine Central Square

Developed on principles of sustainability, the 65 000m² Menlyn Maine Central Square is a mixed-use project that forms the heart of the Menlyn Maine precinct situated in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. 

The R1.8b Central Square development, co-owned by Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd and the Government Employees Pension Fund (represented by the Public Investment Corporation SOC Limited), is set to be Africa’s first green rated city precinct.  This mixed-use development will consist of 30 000m² of retail shopping, business premises and 14 500m² of commercial office space, as well as a 4-star, 240-room hotel, 4 500m² Virgin Active Classic Collection Health Club and a 2 500m² Bounce Trampoline Park. 

“A variety of Corobrik’s face bricks and clay pavers were selected for the construction of a large portion of the Central Square development which demonstrates the product’s real value in terms of sustainability and aesthetics,” said Musa Shangase. 

“We are very excited that Corobrik was chosen for such a unique and ground-breaking development which is of a very high architectural standard, setting the standard for the latest, best practice environmental sustainability in construction while providing residents with user-friendly public spaces, fulfilling all shopping, leisure and entertainment needs,” he said. 

Construction of the development – which is contracted to WBHO – began in November 2013 and  officially opened on the 21 September 2016. 

The property developers focused on four major areas to create sustainable buildings, which are energy and water consumption as well as transportation and waste management. 

“All the current buildings within Menlyn Maine are 4-star, green-rated buildings except for Nedbank which has a 5-star rating,” explained Henk Boogertman, Architectural Director of Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd. “Central Square has officially been rated as a 4-star mixed-use building and Menlyn Maine precinct will apply for a Green Star rating for the precinct as a whole. In the absence of a South African rating tool, the American LEED Neighbourhood Development (ND) rating will be pursued. This will make Menlyn Maine the first Green-Star rated precinct of its kind in Africa.”

Some of the sustainable initiatives implemented include energy-saving lighting and HVAC systems, ground and rainwater harvesting, refuse recycling and waste management. A pedestrian-friendly design with the emphasis on public transport also contributes to less combustion pollution due to less dependence on privately owned cars. 

These materials include several Corobrik’s products including Onyx Satin  and country Meadow face bricks, 65mm Nutmeg pavers, Piazza Nutmeg paversm and  Piazza Onyx pavers.  

Explaining the incorporation of Corobrik’s range in the construction, Boogertman said the Onyx face bricks were used extensively for all external walls on the ground level as well as some feature walls while Country Meadow pavers were used in the main piazza, external walkways and other paved areas.