More than 400,000 pavers from Corobrik’s clay paver range were used at the urban enhancement of the iconic Kliptown Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication as well as Union Avenue and Square Road in Soweto, Johannesburg. The intricate contrast of colour and texture showcases the best features of these pavers.

Forming part of the Kliptown Public Environment Upgrade, the 24,000m² paving project – completed in July 2017 – was commissioned by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA). The upgrade is currently in its third development phase, with the JDA focusing on the implementation of Joburg 2040, which addresses city challenges to achieve its objectives, as well as supporting the development of the City’s “Corridors of Freedom”, under which the Kliptown Public Environment Upgrade falls.

Corobrik Commercial Director, Musa Shangase, says the finished design complements the existing structures and, among the many product benefits of pavers, the durability will minimise future maintenance or replacement costs for the city

“The regeneration of this vibrant area, steeped in cultural history, is a fantastic undertaking by the JDA and we applaud the selection of Corobrik’s robust and inspired pavers,” says Musa.

Andrew Luke, Director of GAPP Architects & Urban Designers, says Kliptown is an area of historical significance, being the site on which the Freedom Charter was signed in 1955, and our task was to reinvigorate the square and surrounding streets, including the historic trading street – Union Road.

“The aim of this project is to create a robust, liveable, walkable and safe public environment with a focus on place identity and the creation of a high quality public environment,” says Luke.

Two large parallel buildings frame the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication. The central square features the Freedom Charter Monument, which had fallen into disrepair. A new public open space has been created, as well as sidewalks, street furniture, lighting, trees, public transport shelters and even public art to further commemorate the historical significance of the square.

Luke says the incredible robustness of Corobrik’s pavers makes them perfect for withstanding the high-volume of pedestrian foot traffic, and the inherent colour-fastness of the clay means no fading over time, despite constant exposure to the elements. In addition, Corobrik pavers are easy to lay, repair and maintain.

“The interplay between colour and texture accommodates the various users, provides directional guidance, highlights key features in the public space and demarcates public and private thresholds. The variation in colour was also used to demarcate areas for traders, pedestrians and display space for shopkeepers,” concludes Luke.

For more information, contact Corobrik on Tel: +27 (11) 871 8600 or via www.corobrik.co.za.