Our focus has always been on delivering more than just bricks and mortar; it has been on developing large scale estates and well-integrated mixed-use developments designed to enhance the quality of life of those who live, work and play there.
— Leon Cohen, Rabie CEO

Cobute and Geoplast are thrilled to have been chosen as the foundation system at Rabie Property Group’s retirement village in Clara Anna Fontein, Durbanville.

The Oasis Life Village will  form part of the Group’s existing mixed-use developments, namely Clara Anna FonteinBurgundy Estate and Century City. They are being launched under a new brand, Oasis Life, which delivers superior value for mature residents seeking a superior and secure lifestyle.

Modulo is a modular formwork; the elements are easily installed as they interlock with precision. Image by David Harris/Cobute

Modulo is a modular formwork; the elements are easily installed as they interlock with precision. Image by David Harris/Cobute

Cobute and Geoplast for a superior structure

The foundations at Oasis Life in Clara Anna Fontein are built on clay soil, which poses building and maintenance challenges for its expanding and shrinking characteristics. Geoplast Modulo is a permanent formwork in 100% recycled polypropylene that creates a ventilated raft foundation. When properly ventilated, crawl spaces create a barrier against humidity and rising damp, which would otherwise lead to mould and cracking in the structure. Ventilation is an added benefit, as it keeps the clay’s moisture content consistent throughout the year.

The Cobute shutters for beams help leveling the trenches while minimising carpentry work.
Overall. these innovative and integrated systems allow the following advantages:

  • easy and quick installation and pouring

  • creation of steps, working off a leveled platform

  • single pour of beams and floor

  • thermally insulated foundations, protected against rising damp and humidity

  • easy distribution and future maintenance of services

The foundations at Clara Anna Fountein are installed and poured in 3 days, versus the 8 days of a traditional foundation system. Phase One of the development consists of 58 freestanding homes all with their own gardens. The units make use of 3 different Modulo heights, H9, H13 and H17, to easily create stepped surfaces.

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Oasis Life at Clara Anna Fontein

Oasis Life Clara Anna Fontein will comprise a total of 125 homes and an exclusive clubhouse consisting of a dining room coffee bar, lounge, activities room a meeting room and library as well as primary health care facilities staffed by a registered nurse. The retirement clubhouse component of Oasis Life villages will be built as part of phase one.

As Rabie declares, residents in the first Oasis Life village will also have access to the spectacular, recently completed R50million Clara Anna Fontein Lifestyle Centre with its dining room and coffee bar, lounges, meeting rooms, a restored 18th Century Manor House, a fully equipped gym, two tennis courts, a squash court and a solar heated 25m swimming pool.

Homes will vary in size between 101 square metres and 273 square meters including garages and under cover patios with prices ranging from R2,3million to R5,5million. Oasis Life Clara Anna Fontein will be pet friendly with residents able to keep small and medium size pets. The first handovers scheduled to take place during early 2020.

It’s about the philosophy

Cobute and Geoplast's building philosophy is in line with Rabie's, who re-affirmed its long-term commitment to high quality structures. Its CEO Leon Cohen declared “Our focus has always been on delivering more than just bricks and mortar; it has been on developing large scale estates and well-integrated mixed-use developments designed to enhance the quality of life of those who live, work and play there.”

Check the residential structure we built in Clara Anna Fontein in 2018 using our precast elements for beams and stairs or get in touch to find out how we can make your site life easier!