Comprising dense flatland, Hillbrow is one of the poorest areas of Johannesburg, hosting a largely immigrant population in numbers far in excess of what the city’s town planners had originally intended. In 2007 the Johannesburg Development Agency embarked on a programme of beautifying some of the precinct’s roads, pavements and parks with a mix of various types of concrete block paving.

Despite harsh environmental conditions such as liquid and refuse spillage, and high volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, the paving still exhibits excellent structural integrity, having required no maintenance, except in areas where pavers have been lifted to attend to water pipes and cabling.

The roads were paved with an 80mm block on a sub-base of G5 material and stabilised cement and three types of 55mm pavers were used for the pavements and parks.