This year’s tournament is the first in the history of world football's governing body to be held in Africa. Staged across eight provinces and nine cities South Africa has had to prepare itself for the anticipated onslaught of over half a million visitors; tackling, amongst many other factors: logistics, infrastructure and accommodation.
The city’s most public square was once an open military parade ground situated between the now historical castle, military forts and the early town. In 1990, the Parade hosted Nelson Mandela’s first public speech after his release as a political prisoner. More recently it has been in a state of dilapidation functioning predominantly as parking and trading space.
As the first site in Cape Town to receive municipal approval for the laying of permeable paving
Deon Van Vuuren, sales manager for Inca Brick comments on the specification of the market leading permeable paving system Aquaflow, “With a number of complexities surrounding this project the design team had to be sure that they specified a product which was not only capable of providing the right ‘look’ but one which would also address one of the main issues affecting the city: the quantity and rate of stormwater, as well as improving the quality of the run-off.”
With its ability to deal with extreme volumes of water as well as its environmentally friendly qualities, the Aquaflow permeable paving was installed using an infiltration system; so that the water is filtered, cleaned – to a pH neutral standard before being released in a controlled manner back into the natural underground streams descending from Table Mountain and then on into Table Bay Harbour. This then avoids sewer and drainage overflow and helps to prevent flood conditions, ideal for the erratic and temperamental weather conditions of Cape Town.
Deon continues: “The World cup tournament will be a great test for the abilities and endurance of Aquaflow. With over 26,000 m2 of paving filtering down into just 2,700m2 of Aquaflow we are not only confident in the product but also its performance. The tournament will provide a platform for us to prove the endurance and capabilities of the system - tackling not just the weather but also the repercussions of thousands of pedestrians and football fans including increased footfall, spillages and litter.
Steve Spikes, development manager from Hanson Formpave concludes: “This was an excellent and challenging opportunity for Inca Brick. We have installed Aquaflow on countless projects across the UK and with the aid and support of our licensees we are now able to reach a much wider audience. As a global initiative the installation of permeable paving is not just a short term solution, simply providing an aesthetically pleasing surface it has numerable benefits for the future tackling the issue of flood water, CSOs, run-off, storm-water and water quality. The Grand Parade is no exception.