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Online since 3.11.2015 • Filed under Advertorial • From Issue 16 page(s) 138-139
Baywest Mall paved in colour

Thousands of shoppers entering Port Elizabeth’s newly-opened Baywest Mall are welcomed into the 90 000m2 building by the vibrant colours of Corobrik’s Constantia and Wheatstone pavers.

Officially opened on May 21 after two years of construction, Port Elizabeth’s R1.7-billion Baywest Mall is set to be the catalyst for development of the greater Baywest City precinct. This is a R6-billion city development planned to comprise residential, commercial, lifestyle and community developments unfolding over the next decade. The mall is the largest retail development in the Eastern Cape with more than 250 shops in the two level building that will cater for an estimated 800 000 visitors a month. Project and lead design architect, Joe Struwig from dhk architects, described the structure as ‘new-look retail architecture’. ‘The success of the design lies in the simplicity of its plan – a cross-ring mall with retail anchors in each corner,’ Struwig explains. He says a number of green design principles were applied to the development, such as the use of local materials. This included the 1 617 000 Cape pavers, supplied by Corobrik and used to pave more than 30 000m2 of the mall and precinct sites.

Hardscaping and aesthetic considerations

Concerned about the sheer size of the paving area, Gareth Leonard, urban design architect of Landmark Studios, says his team considered the options available. ‘We were apprehensive about the extent of paving required, particularly if we had to go for the more common precast concrete pavers.’ Although they engaged with several suppliers, it was eventually decided that concrete pavers would not be the right choice for the development. Added to this, the municipality had stipulated that no planting or landscaping was allowed in the central medians in the road, which increased the amount of paving across the site. ‘With the sheer amount of hardscape required, we found ourselves in a bit of a predicament as concrete paving also tends to lose its colour over time, resulting in a dull and generally flat landscape.’ Leonard remembers that it was at this juncture that Corobrik was engaged, and the option of clay paving was brought to the table.

Strong colours from clay

‘One of the primary drawcards of the traditional clay paving is the strong colour that permeates through the paving unit, but also the fact that clay paving units have a considerably longer lifespan than concrete pavers.’ Leonard adds: ‘Corobrik presented us with an ideal scenario – clay pavers that have a more vibrant colour, longer lifespan and an excellent, cost-effective, end product.’ Deciding on the colour took a number of weeks before the landscaping team settled on the deep red of the Constantia paver, edged with the yellow Wheatstone paver. ‘The Constantia red provided a great colour contrast with the landscaping and  planting, while the Wheatstone provided a suitable and identifiable break in the larger expanses of Constantia paver,’ he explained.


This theme was carried throughout the development from the surrounding roads and walkways into the mall itself. Commenting on the brickwork design, Leonard notes that, after consultation with the civil contractor and paving installers, the team opted for a simple staggered stretcher bond running parallel with the walkways. ‘Where possible, we also modified the width of the walkways so that full paving modules could be used without the need for excessive cutting.’ He adds that they, and the client, are very happy with the finished result. ‘It’s simple and understated while, at the same time, the depth of the Constantia colour adds considerably to the project and lifts the landscaping, both hard and softscapes, to another level.’

Wear and tear considerations

Considering the magnitude of the job and projected future growth of the area, Steve Behrens, Corobrik’s Eastern Cape sales manager, says that opting for the clay paving range was a great choice. ‘Corobrik’s clay paver range is the best selection to withstand the wear and tear that comes from outdoor use,’ he explains. ‘The pavers’ durability means they have an extremely long life and low lifecycle cost, and the neutral tones of fired clay are colourfast, ensuring vibrant tones for years to come. The use of the Constantia and Wheatstone pavers at Baywest Mall is also a great example of how the pavers can be used to create visually appealing designs,’ Behrens concludes.

Corobrik (Pty) Ltd

T +27 43 743 1117 (Steve Behrens)

T +27 41 451 0068 (Adri Oliphant)


Issue 16

Issue 16

November 2015

This article was featured on page 138-139 of
To Build Magazine Issue 16.

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