Lafarge South Africa extends its congratulations to the winners of the prestigious biennial Fulton Awards, which were announced by the Concrete Society of South Africa on Saturday, 6 June 2015. The high standard of the entries was a fine tribute to the capability of the local concrete construction industry to display excellence and innovation in executing a diverse range of structural projects.
One of the country's leading building materials manufacturers, Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials. With innovation at the forefront of the Group's major investment in research and development, it aims to meet the challenges of the fast-moving construction industry and to better serve architectural creativity. In this era of urbanisation, the Group is committed to creating materials and solutions that contribute to Building better cities and the associated infrastructure that become more sustainable and beautiful living environments for all people. In South Africa, the commitment recognises that the basic need is for a better, more sustainable quality of life, whether in cities, rural towns or villages and is expressed as Lafarge South Africa's ambition to contribute to building better communities.
"We are especially pleased to have contributed products and solutions to help create some of the award-winning structures," comments Ken MacLean, Country CEO of Lafarge South Africa.
The epitome of a beautiful urban structure is the Chevron building in Cape Town, winner of the ‘Architectural concrete over R100 million' category. Lafarge South Africa worked closely with the architect and main contractor and provided a special white grade of the company's ArteviaTM decorative concrete to create the stunning travertine marble effect for the exposed concrete structure.
In KwaZulu-Natal, Lafarge South Africa's Readymix business line supplied all the concrete for the bridges (other than precast elements such as barriers, and guniting) of the award-winning Umgeni Road Interchange, which won the ‘Civil engineering structure over R100 million' category.
Southern Africa's leading fly ash supplier, Ash Resources, provided the fly ash that was used throughout Phases 1 and 2 of the iconic Fairscape Precinct project in Gaborone, Botswana. Winner in the ‘Building structure over R100 million' category and recipient of a Commendation for ‘Innovation in concrete', the building features the first use in Africa of concrete diagrid façades. The fly ash contributed strength and durability to the main contractor's concrete mixes used in this remarkable project.
Lastly, we give a special mention for the project team that constructed the Metolong Dam Pedestrian Bridge, winner of the ‘Civil engineering structure up to R100 million' category. The elegant and functional solution for the bridge was achieved in a challenging construction environment. While Lafarge South Africa was not involved in the pedestrian bridge, we are continuing to supply materials to complete construction of the nearby Dam and other structures in Lesotho's Metolong Dam and Water Supply Programme.
"We take pride in being able to offer well-integrated, value-adding solutions to our construction industry customers, no matter how challenging a project may be," adds MacLean.
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A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of €12.8 billion in 2014. 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.
In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, pulverised fly ash, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings through its various business units. 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.
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