Working with both local and international clients, Bharat Trikam Architects' commitment to client satisfaction is a vital part of the company's offering. According to Director and Senior Architect Bharat Trikam, using the right materials for every job starts at the concept stage.
The recent upgrade of Carolina Hospital in Mpumalanga, required BTA to use a product that would not only offer maximum flexibility, but also ensure hygiene, sound-proofing and fire-rating. "We therefore chose Lafarge Master GridTM - Suspended Grid 600 x 600mm Ceiling Grid, used in conjunction with Lafarge Master GridTM - Plaster Grid; the former because of its immediate impact on scale in an open space environment, the latter for seamless internal visual impact.
"This enables lighting to be projected onto the ceiling expressing the curved nature of the surface, thus further emphasising the need for seamless connectivity," says Trikam.
Lafarge Gypsum South Africa has designed its ceiling systems to be quick to install, practical and efficient at meeting sound, thermal and fire insulation standards. Jean-Paul Croze, Managing Director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa, emphasises the company's continuation to innovate in order to meet stringent requirements. "Our ceiling solutions are ideal for curved or vaulted ceilings, with decorative cornices and access panels all available to the architects. Importantly, the range is not only eco-friendly; it is also SANS 266 certified, which guarantees our clients that the products are manufactured in a controlled environment to meet minimum requirements."
According to Trikam, Lafarge Master GridTM - Plaster Grid was extensively specified throughout the building: "This element is what the end-user will experience, so the specification and development is critical for visual impact. The specifier from Lafarge Gypsum, Clarence Kachipande worked with us to ensure all BTA needs were met."
For heightened safety, the SABS-tested Lafarge Master GridTM has Fire Punch Out Holes that assist in retaining the integrity of the Main Tee by allowing for the expansion in the event of a fire, thereby preventing the ceiling panels from falling from the Grid System. "It is this type of innovation that enables Lafarge to build better cities with every project. It is reassuring to know that the specifications at Carolina Hospital are home to expert design and world-class products," says Trikam.
"We at BTA want to be the benchmark by which all companies in the field of architecture are measured, thereby continuing the tradition of design innovation and customer focus that has made us one of the most innovative architectural firms in South Africa. Lafarge Gypsum enables us to do that and consistently deliver quality and expertise to our clients."
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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.
Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.co.za
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