Lafarge Artevia awards showcase decorative concrete


The third Lafarge Artevia™ decorative concrete awards function was held at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton on 13 November. Sponsored by Lafarge South Africa's Readymix concrete business line, in partnership with Chryso Southern Africa and Lanxess, to showcase the excellence of construction projects using Artevia™ decorative concretes, the popular event was first launched in 2009.

Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials. The new brand signature ‘Building better cities' pledges Lafarge's commitment to help create sustainable cities and rural developments that are desirable environments for all people. The innovative ArteviaTM decorative concretes are an example of providing solutions that help to build better, more durable cities that are a more beautiful environment for all our people to live in.


Lafarge Readymix customers and specifiers had been invited to submit entries in no more than two of three project categories featuring ArteviaTM products: Category A was ArteviaTM Colour & Print; Category B was Polish, and Category C was ArteviaTM Exposed. The twenty-one project entries were judged on the innovative use of ArteviaTM, quality finishes, aesthetics and architectural appeal. Judges for the competition were Lafarge's Anathi Zitumane, Chryso's Kirsten Kelly, and Hugh Fraser from Paragon Architects. 


The overall winner of the 2013 competition was Johannesburg based, Ocean Side Trading for the private residence, House Bozwana in Mooikloof, Pretoria. The Architect for the project was Nico van der Meulen Architects. Presenting the award of a R40 000 travel voucher, Anton Combrink, General Manager of the Lafarge Readymix business line said, "In this house, various concrete finishes were used: the natural, silky look of ArteviaTM Polish created a stylish impact for the entrance, stairs and entertainment areas, while ArteviaTM Exposed was employed in the driveway for its gravel-texture appearance and low maintenance. On the stairs and entrance areas, the beautiful ArteviaTM finishes were set off to stunning effect by the use of natural off-shutter Lafarge AgiliaTM concrete combined with steel."



The winner of Category B, the ArteviaTM Polish award, was Cape Town based, QS Concrete Grinding & Polishing for the Manenberg Civic Centre, which is a 4 Star Green Star SA rated building. QS Concrete Grinding & Polishing was the competition's overall winner last year and, handing over the R20 000 travel voucher prize, Combrink congratulated them on another superbly executed project. "In addition to its high calibre aesthetic appearance, the light-coloured ArteviaTM Polish floors helped in reducing the need for more lighting, while improving the thermal efficiency of the building," he commented.




Category C winner was Horticare for their use of ArteviaTM Exposed in the Steyn City Golf Course project for golf paths, walkways, bridges and paved areas around the clubhouse. The R20 000 travel voucher prize was presented by Nicolas Wolf, MD of Chryso Southern Africa. ArteviaTM Exposed was used to create a slip-resistant, durable gravel-like finish, in combination with Lafarge Hydromedia® porous concrete to provide fast drainage of groundwater.




Chryso's Wolf also awarded a R20 000 travel voucher to Category A winner, Melt Wahl, for their use of ArteviaTM Colour for Cape Town's Bus Rapid Transit Project. "The use of red coloured concrete for the demarcation of bus lanes was innovative and the quality was of a high standard," said Wolf.


Two firms of architects were also presented with R20 000 travel vouchers by Hugh Fraser from Paragon Architects: Nico van der Meulen Architects received the prize for the decorative use of ArteviaTM Polish in House Bozwana, and the award for incorporating ArteviaTM Exposed in the Steyn City Golf Course went to Boogertman and Partners.


Lafarge's Anathi Zitumane gave a special commendation to Panmixer South Africa for their HTC Showroom. The coloured and polished tilt-up panels, executed in a variety of coloured stones and pigment, is an excellent way of showcasing Lafarge ArteviaTM decorative concrete products.


Commenting on a highly successful ArteviaTM Award event, Combrink congratulated the winning companies on the excellence of their projects, which displayed Lafarge ArteviaTM as a versatile, decorative medium offering architects and builders almost limitless textures and colours in durable concrete. The product has been stimulating a new trend 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.






About Lafarge

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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