When Cape Town Municipality was designing its Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, they needed to create clearly identified dedicated bus lanes in coloured concrete. The challenge was to provide a long-lasting colour able to withstand heavy traffic in a marine environment.
The ideal solution was Lafarge South Africa's Artevia™ Coloured decorative concrete, which is exceptionally durable and contains integral UV-stable colour pigments.
Lafarge South Africa is the local subsidiary of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials. The Group's unequalled technical strength is employed to develop innovative products and services to help create better urban environments for people and better connected, more durable cities.
A tremendous benefit for the mobility of people in Cape Town, the BRT system provides a quick, comfortable and cost-effective public transport service that will increasingly persuade motorists to leave their cars at home. The transport system is also a significant environmental benefit as it not only reduces traffic congestion but also decreases harmful emissions by replacing a high volume of cars with modern buses driven by latest technology diesel engines.
Lafarge's Readymix team supplied 6 000 cubic metres of ArteviaTM Coloured concrete in red pigment to form 14 kilometres of the two metre-wide bus lane that will provide commuters with a better connection between Atlantis and Melkbos for decades to come.
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A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, 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. 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. More information is available on Lafarge's website: www.lafarge.com / www.lafarge.co.za
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