The recently opened Maragon Avianto Pre-Primary and Primary School marks another major step in the development of the superb Avianto integrated lifestyle estate. Set in lovely indigenous surroundings alongside the Crocodile River, in Mogale City, the architecture of the school has understated Mediterranean influences developed from the nearby Avianto Hotel.
Lafarge South Africa is a member of the LafargeHolcim group, a world leader in the building materials industry. With its 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 urbanisation.
In South Africa, Lafarge has a strong presence in its various business lines of cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, fly ash, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. Lafarge South Africa's wide-ranging social responsibility programmes are focused on building better communities, which are the heart of our cities, rural towns and villages.
The flooring for the school involved 22 classrooms varying in size from 16 m² to 18 m², an administration block and an assembly hall. With the highly successful use of Lafarge ArteviaTM for the hotel and the intention to have underfloor heating in the classrooms, it was decided that ArteviaTM concrete flooring was again the ideal choice. It would contribute to the aesthetic concept for the building and ensure robust, low maintenance, long-life floors. Lafarge delivered a variety of ArteviaTM Colour samples to site, including the most popular colours of Sandstone, Mocha and Charcoal. However, to blend with the natural brushed plaster on the walls, the tile edging for the inner rooms and the brickwork, the more unusual light reddish brown ‘Kalahari' colour was decided on.
The flooring contract was awarded to the Lafarge Placing and Finishing Service with an extremely tight schedule for quality colour concrete work. The required 209 m³ ArteviaTM was supplied in record time from the Lafarge Roodekrans readymix batch plant and placed and finished in less than three weeks.
The success of the ArteviaTM range of decorative concretes lies in the fact that it not only offers a wide scope for aesthetic expression but it is also a strong durable structural concrete. The use of quality UV resistant colour pigments in a homogeneous mix ensures lasting beauty in the finish.
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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 urbanisation. More information is available on www.lafargeholcim.com
About Lafarge South Africa
Lafarge South Africa, a member of the LafargeHolcim group, manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates and readymixed concrete, 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 cities, rural towns and villages. For further information, visit our website on: www.lafarge.co.za
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