A3,Lafarge Gypsum bring form and function to Life Parklands Hospital


In line with the Lafarge Group's commitment to innovation and Building Better Cities, Lafarge Gypsum South Africa offers a wide range of Plasterboard and Ceiling Solutions, working closely with built environment professionals to put together custom interior solutions that deliver thermal, acoustic and fire rated requirements.

Justin Behrendt, Associate at A3 Architects in Johannesburg, highlight's A3's use of Lafarge Gypsum on a recent project that involved the transformation of the St Mary's Hospital to Life Springs Parklands.


"The project consisted of a new 2600m² consulting suite block designed to accommodate existing doctors from the adjacent houses and attract new doctors," says Behrendt. "We worked on a new maternity ward of 2400m² situated on the first floor of the new build with 2400m² ground floor comprising two overflow wards for Life Springs Parklands.


"The bulkhead detail in these areas was a new design by A3 and very different from traditional hospital design. The bulkhead has received great praise from Life Healthcare Head Office."


A3 incorporated Lafarge Gypsum Plasterboard for all Flush Plastered Ceilings and Bulkheads and 89mm thick Macklock Drywall system from Lafarge Gypsum for all the drywalling in the consulting suites.


With more than 45 healthcare projects undertaken by A3 in its 17 years of practise, the company is an architectural leader in this field. "We spend a lot of time consulting with business / hospital owners, specialists, administrators and staff before any planning gets underway on a project in order to create the best result for the client within a reasonable time frame and budget," Behrendt says.


"In a hospital environment, sound proofing and infection control are both very important. General drywall isn't usually used in a clinical area, but with Lafarge Gypsum's new product offerings we can now do so with peace of mind."


Jean-Paul Croze, Managing Director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa, says: "The company is committed to Building Better Cities and answering the call for innovative solutions that provide flexibility without compromising the environment. This is particularly pertinent with buildings like hospitals and care facilities, which require huge sensitivity to patients and medical practitioners."


Lafarge Gypsum has SANS 266 certification of its successful Gypsum Plasterboard range, which means Architects and Designers are using products that have been rigorously tested by an independent SANS-accredited body. "Lafarge Gypsum's commitment to quality means this compliance is backed by a 10-year service warranty," Croze says. "For many years an industry player in sustainable development, Lafarge is environmentally sensitive and focused on providing products that are safe for the environment and communities."


Behrendt says the Lafarge Gypsum product range is comprehensive the company offers excellent service. "This makes it possible for us to bring inventiveness and functionality together in buildings that have to work efficiently around the clock."



Note to Editor


As a world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. 



In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.


Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.




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