Lafarge South Africa rewards Concrete Excellence at the Artevia awards


Lafarge South Africa awarded applicators and architects for outstanding use of the company's Artevia product at the 2016 Artevia Awards held at the Michelangelo Hotel, Sandton on Tuesday, 5 April 2016.



Artevia by Lafarge is a collection of decorative concretes for indoor and outdoor applications that combine freedom of design with low maintenance and durability. The product offers great aesthetics and outstanding performance, ideal for home owners, architects and landscapers alike.


Architecture and design firm, Urbain McGee and grinding and polishing contractor, World of Decorative Concrete were the big winners, being named overall winners in the architect and applicator categories respectively. They each won R40 000 in travel vouchers.


Both companies won the awards for their involvement in the Smith Studio Project, a refurbishment of a 250-year-old neglected building. They used polished Artevia concrete to make the floor robust enough to handle ground water and achieve a high-gloss finish.


The other winners were named as follows:


Artevia product








Nico van der Meulen Architects



Ocean Trading 49



Alternative Concrete




Nadine Engelbrecht Architects were awarded as the highly commended architect and Oceanside Trading were the highly commended applicators.


All category winners walked away with R20 000 in travel vouchers.


General Manager of Readymix for Lafarge South Africa, Alta Theron, said the quality of entries "was truly exceptional pushing boundaries and made the job of our judges almost impossible."


"The Artevia Awards celebrate the finalists, semi-finalists and winners as a critical component of Lafarge South Africa's investment in people and in research and development. Without their brilliance, our determination to build better cities would remain nothing but an unfulfilled vision," said Theron.


Launched in 2009, the Artevia Awards take place every two years, and were sponsored by Lafarge South in partnership with Chryso Southern Africa.




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About LafargeHolcim

With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on Cement, Aggregates and Concrete,  LafargeHolcim (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 115,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 33 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2014. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive building solutions. With a commitment to drive  sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization.

About Lafarge South Africa

Lafarge South Africa, a member of the LafargeHolcim group, manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates and readymixed concrete, fly ash 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 cities, rural towns and villages. For further information, visit our website on:


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