South Africa's leading building materials company, Lafarge South Africa, worked closely with Cape Town architects Stauch Vorster right from the design phase of South Africa's first green taxi rank in Wallacedene, in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. For the construction of the building, Lafarge supplied its innovative, market-leading product, Agilia™ self-consolidating concrete.
AgiliaTM met the requirement that all materials used in the taxi rank had to be environmentally friendly and contribute to a low carbon footprint for the facility. As well as producing high strength, durable concrete, AgiliaTM is popular with architects for extending the avenues of creative concrete expression.
Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials. The Group is committed to creating solutions that help to build better cities that are more durable and desirable environments to accommodate the enormous global trend to urbanisation. Innovation is a core strength of Lafarge, which operates one of the largest building materials research and development centres in the world.
The Lafarge Tygerberg Readymix plant supplied 133 m³ of AgiliaTM concrete to construct the columns and beams of the taxi rank structure. The product's exceptional fluidity enables it to fill all corners and areas in formwork or moulds without the need for vibration, while remaining homogeneous. It is also an ideal product for achieving smoother architectural concrete finishes with minimal need for remedial work. The Lafarge Readymix team from the company's Cape Town branch provided technical advice and on-site support for the project.
Durability is a key issue in this type of high traffic public facility. Costing approximately R25 million, the taxi rank is expected to serve around 5 000 commuters daily travelling in
50 minibuses. The challenging aspect of running cost has been exceptionally well addressed with the structure's PV panels and battery backup almost eliminating Eskom power usage. Stormwater is captured and stored in underground tanks and recycled for washing vehicles.
"This has been a fascinating project," comments Herbert Groenewald, Building Marketing Manager - Lafarge South Africa. "Lafarge is proud to have provided the concrete solution for this taxi rank initiative and firmly believes it will be the model for future transport infrastructure development."
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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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