Month: April 2016

Twin Technologies Break Record

A fast-track building operation combining prestressed hollow-core concrete panel flooring with a light-weight steel frame structure enabled contractors to erect a three-storey, 90-room barracks building for the Botswana Defence Force in barely 20 weeks. It was the first time in that country that a light steel-framed structure had been built incorporating solid concrete flooring – … Continued

Three Rivers success

A striking illustration of how precast concrete panel flooring can radically trim costs by speeding construction time is the Three Rivers apartment block project in Vereeniging, where clever application of the system turned a design that was initially considered uneconomical and un-saleable into a commercial success. The original design, providing for an in-situ frame and … Continued

Echo R&D Advances Precast’s Role

RESEARCH AND new product development by Echo Group is advancing precast concrete as a building system of choice by stimulating new and innovative thinking in the design and construction of high-density residential building and social housing projects. “Echo has research and development projects under way which will place the group among international leaders in the … Continued

Ground-breaking Echo Plan to Speed Housing

FROM ground level to the topmost roof of a high-rise apartment block, new products from Echo hollow-core concrete flooring technology are helping to step up the pace of government programmes to build homes for the needy. With a track-record dating back to the earliest days of the new government’s social housing projects in Johannesburg in … Continued

Back to the drawing board saves deadline, costs

A back-to-the-drawing-board design using Echo hollow-core prestressed concrete flooring slabs has brought a rain-delayed R9-million construction project in Johannesburg back on schedule – and in the process cut R300 000 off the original budgeted cost. Heavy rains which turned the building site into a mud-bath had threatened to seriously delay completion of major additions to … Continued

Echo moves into Cape floor slab market

THE Echo Group, South Africa’s largest manufacturer of hollow-core concrete floor slabs, has acquired ownership control of the Cape manufacturer Topfloor Concrete Ltd, giving Echo a national footprint in the highly competitive precast and prestressed floor industry. Echo already has two manufacturing plants in Gauteng and one in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Echo chairman Peter Lord said … Continued

5 Famous Walls in the World

Throughout history, walls have been built from a vast array of materials and for many different reasons. Some used it for protection against the elements, while others used it to protect them from the dangers of other people – to protect their land and their property. Many ancient walls still stand today, while many have … Continued

CDP USES ECHO SLABS TO BUILD HIGH-DENSITY RETIREMENT AND RENTAL ACCOMMODATION

The Echo Group has supplied precast concrete hollow-core slabs for the construction of upper-level flooring in multi-storey apartment blocks at two Gauteng retirement villages, Featherbrooke Hills Retirement Village and Olivedale Retirement Village. The villages have been brought to the market by the Central Developments Property Group and were built by its in-house building contractor, Central … Continued

INNOVATIVE THINKING GENERATES NEW RETAINING WALL CONCEPT

A new concept in retaining wall systems , Echo Gravity Retaining Walling (EGRW), which utilises precast concrete hollow-core slabs in combination with geotextile membrane, has been introduced by South Africa’s leading hollow-core slab producer, the Echo Group. The first EGRW system was built at the recently constructed Green Cross Medical Centre, one of the first … Continued