Lafarge South Africa's Placing & Finishing Service was awarded the contract for the supply and placing of decorative concrete to renovate Bara Square, the Central Precinct that forms the gateway to Soweto. The project was part of the R7,5 million Bara Central Urban Renewal Project undertaken by the Johannesburg Property Company. The challenge was to provide paving that combined attractive aesthetics with high durability to cope with the enormous volume of pedestrians passing through the area daily.
For the 3 500m² floor area of the Square, the client wanted to incorporate coloured shapes to create a map of the Soweto suburbs. Concrete, being versatile ‘liquid stone', was the ideal solution.
Concrete was also selected because of its inherent durability and low maintenance requirement.
However, the main contractor could not place the concrete with the required variety of colours and shapes and commissioned Lafarge to carry out the work. The Lafarge ArteviaTM range of decorative concretes had an established track record of success on prestige projects of this nature and could provide durable concrete with integral colours.
"This was an ideal opportunity to showcase the beauty and versatility of our decorative ArteviaTM concrete," says Anathi Zitumane, Product Development Manager of Lafarge. "Before and after photographs show how the floor was transformed from a dull and uninspiring walkway into a beautiful work of art!"
To create the concrete ‘map', 250 m² of ArteviaTM Sandstone and 250m² of ArteviaTM Terracotta were used, together with standard 25 MPa concrete with fibres. The work was completed in November 2012. Lafarge is proud to have contributed to this project that will be a source of pleasure for decades to come.
NOTES TO EDITORS: INNOVATION, A STRATEGIC PRIORITY
Located in 64 countries with 68, 000 employees, Lafarge is a world leader in building materials, with top ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates & Concrete businesses. In 2011, Lafarge posted sales of 15.3 billion euros.
Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark, in recognition of its sustainable development actions. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, in order to develop materials to respond to customer needs, but also breakthrough solutions to meet tomorrow's challenges. Lafarge devotes 130 million euros to innovation each year, half of which goes towards research into reducing environmental footprint.
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