Permeable pavers at the impressive Paardevlei Private Hospital

by Ofentse Sefolo
Permeable pavers at the impressive Paardevlei Private Hospital

The R400m, 100-bed Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital in Strand opened in 2015, giving residents improved access to a wide selection of health services. The facility boasts state-of-the-art medical wards, including maternity and neonatal wards, high care and an intensive care unit (ICU) among its specialist units.

Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital was opened by the black-owned Busamed Hospital Group. Dr Diliza Mji, whose company Goldenwood has a 60 percent stake in Busamed, comments: “Even though there is a presence of private hospitals in the area, these didn’t cater for everyone.”

A Council directive stipulated that the parking on the Beach Road edges should be soft and green. To accommodate patients and staff on arrival, the parking area on hospital grounds also had to be structurally functional and aesthetically pleasing hard landscaped surfaces for parking, roads and various pedestrian areas. These requirements led the project team to permeable pavers that would allow groundwater to return to the aquifer in the area.

Terracrete, a locally designed hard lawn paver, was chosen by CNdV Africa. John Whiting from CNdv Africa says their company chose Terraforce’s permeable pavers for a number of reasons.

“We chose the Terracrete interlocking grass paver, designed by Terraforce and manufactured by Cape Retaining Systems, because of its unique aesthetics and ability to return storm water to the ground via its permeable characteristics and sand substrate. In total, we installed 1700m² of Terracrete blocks,” says John.

Tanya de Villiers from CNdV Africa was very pleased with the appearance of the grassed Terracrete pavers: “I think they worked out rather well!”

About the planting process
“All the blocks were brush filled with a topsoil and organic fertilizer mix of a high compost fraction (40/60). The soil was then lightly compacted and watered, and finally seeded with 40g per square metre of warm season grass (Cynodon dactylon).

“Once the grass started germinating after five to ten days, the parking lots were transformed into attractive green zones along the length of the hospital’s exterior grounds,” says Richard Hartsuiker of Vula Environmental Services.

For more information, contact Terraforce on +27 (21) 465 1907 or via www.terraforce.com.

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