Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials. The Group's new brand baseline ‘Building better cities' pledges Lafarge's commitment to help create sustainable cities and rural developments that are desirable sustainable living environments. Lafarge South Africa's innovative AgiliaTM self-compacting concrete and ArteviaTM decorative concretes are examples of providing construction solutions that are helping to build better, more durable and more beautiful cities for all of our people.
The products were used in the environmentally sustainable design of the Manenberg Contact Centre in Lansdowne Road, Cape Town, which was recognised with a 4 Star Green Star SA - Office v1 Design rating. The project also won the Lafarge South Africa ArteviaTM Polish award for Cape Town based, QS Concrete Grinding & Polishing for the flooring. In addition to the high calibre aesthetic appearance of the floors, the use of Lafarge's light-coloured ArteviaTM Polish helped in reducing the need for more lighting, while improving the thermal efficiency of the building.
In designing the Centre, the City of Cape Town's architects set out to create an iconic building in both form and function. Extensive use of highly specified off-shutter finishes for internal and external concrete walls were achieved with Lafarge's unique AgiliaTM Vertical. The exceptional fluidity of AgiliaTM allows it to flow easily through reinforcing without the need for vibration. This eliminates some traditional building steps, enhancing productivity and enabling cost optimisation. In addition, the fluidity of the product achieves smoother concrete finishes on vertical applications with reduced need for remedial work.
The strikingly attractive, durable Manenberg Contact Centre is a source of pride for local communities, who now have a convenient one-stop centre to pay municipal accounts and deal with a wide range of municipal service delivery functions. To help create the sense of pride and ownership among the local communities, art components of concrete façade panels and landscape features were developed with the residents.
Lafarge South Africa's Product Development Manager - Readymix, Anathi Zitumane, congratulated the project team on the excellent outcome saying: "We are proud that our innovative concretes contributed to the success of the Centre. AgiliaTM and ArteviaTM have been stimulating new trends in modern concrete design and setting higher standards of quality finishes in the concrete application industry, in line with Lafarge South Africa's focus on Building better cities."
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Located in 64 countries with 65 000 employees, Lafarge is the world-leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses. In 2012, the Group posted sales of 15,8 billion Euros.
Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity to help build better cities around the world: more beautiful cities that are better connected, have more housing, and are more compact and durable. 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.
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 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. The Group has for many years been a leader in sustainable development and was the first industrial group to enter into a worldwide ‘Conservation Partnership' with the environmental protection organisation, WWF International.
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