Originally a bland paved space, Eikestad Primary School in Stellenbosch, South Africa, decided to transform this area into a place for play for their pupils in July 2018. They turned to Architect Viridian Consulting Landscape Architects and Decorton, who served as subcontractor.

As the area sloped upwards considerably, the school needed to find a way to mitigate the possibility of injury by adding some low steps to allow students safe and easy access to the playground equipment.

SP van Blerk, director at Decorton Retaining Walls, says he suggested the Terraforce 4×4 Step Block™ by Terraforce. “It offers a rounded/bullnose front to form softer steps and terraces,” he says. “As an added benefit, the completed steps also look great once installed.”

In addition to a concrete foundation underneath each row of steps, the blocks were all concrete filled for extra stability.

Van Blerk adds that the locally developed product has become very popular at public recreational and educational facilities. “It is often more affordable than other solutions out there,” he enthuses. “Also, the blocks are durable, don’t burn and can be readily repaired or recycled!”

The installation was completed in August 2018 and no major challenges were encountered. In addition to a concrete foundation underneath each row of steps, the blocks were all concrete filled for extra stability. “We avoided cutting the blocks as much as possible, rather making use of spacings between the blocks to form the rounded lines,” says Van Blerk.

The high slope necessitated a very specific installation that was also safe and aesthetically appealing.

He is very happy with the result. “Instead of hard concrete paving, the space now features comfortable steps and seating, modern play equipment and was finished off superbly with Easigrass for added safety for the children,” he concludes. “The finished project really stands out!”

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Main image: 4×4 Step Block™ by Terraforce offers a rounded/bullnose front to form softer steps and terraces.

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