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Thanks to its long-standing focus on research and development, Lafarge has contributed to major advances in the construction industry. See construction projects that use Lafarge's most innovative materials, in Jordan and around the world.

Lafarge's key achievements

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Hypergreen, a multi-function tower concept

Agilia®

Agilia® offers a revolution on the work site. Easy-to-use Agilia® flows into the smallest nooks, matching any shape perfectly. Its fluid texture eliminates the tiresome and noisy task of vibrating concrete to make it spread evenly - saving time and energy and reducing noise for workers and neighbors.

The Hypergreen tower project, developed by architect Jacques Ferrier in partnership with Lafarge, was designed around Agilia® self-positioning, self-leveling concrete and ultra-high performance Ductal® concrete.

Hypergreen is a tower concept which respects the environment and was developed for the world's megalopolises. The tower's geographic orientation allows it to capture a maximum of light and wind energy. The tower is able to generate enough energy to meet most of its own needs.

The Peace Bridge in Seoul, South Korea

The Peace Bridge, designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti, crosses the Han River to link the island of Sunyudo to the center of Seoul. It was built in 2002 with ultra‑high performance Ductal® concrete.

"This footbridge has a span of 130 meters but the deck (horizontal platform) is only 3 cm thick!" Rudy Riciotti points out. This exceptional feat was made possible thanks to Ductal®.

The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Ductal®

Ductal®, an ultra-high performance, fiber-reinforced concrete with 2 to 4% metallic or organic fibers, offers exceptional performance:
• Compression resistance 6 to 8 times greater than conventional concrete
• High ductility
• Fluidity and ease of pour
• Longevity 2 to 3 times that of conventional concrete
• High resistance to corrosion, abrasion and shocks

The product of 10 years of research, Ductal® is a highly versatile, environmentally friendly material recognized by architects and engineers for its aesthetic and its structural qualities.

 

The Spinnaker Tower, designed by Scott Wilson Advanced Technology Group, was built in 2004 with Agilia® self-positioning, self-leveling concrete.

The highest tower in England, it rises 170 meters above sea level. The Spinnaker Tower offers a panoramic view extending for 23 miles (37 km) and boasts 3 different panoramic viewpoints.

 

The RATP bus center in Thiais, France: the first building covered entirely in Ductal®

The building seems to emerge organically from the pavement thanks to Ductal® panels linking ground and walls. Ultra-high-performance concrete reduces consumption of raw materials and energy during construction. Enhanced thermal insulation delivers energy savings for the lifetime of the building.

Raghadan Flagpole, Jordan

The Longest flagpole in Jordan

Raghadan Flagpole, the Longest flagpole in Jordan

Built in 2003, the second longest flagpole in the world was constructed using 500 tons of cement from Lafarge Jordan Cement. The 126.8 meter flagpole lies at the heart of the capital Amman in Raghadan Palace. Standing high in all weather conditions, the flagpole proudly carries the Jordanian flag.

Dr. Kamal Al Shaer Bridge, Jordan

Dr. Kamal Al Shaer bridge "Abdoun Bridge"

Dr. Kamal Al Shaer Bridge

A prominent architectural landmark in the Kingdom, the Abdoun Bridge was built in 2006 using 12,000 tons of cement from Lafarge Jordan Cement. The first hanging bridge in Jordan, Abdoun Bridge stretches 425 meters long and 45 meters high, connecting the Fourth Circle and Abdoun areas in the west of the capital Amman. The strategically placed bridge has drastically reduced traffic congestion in the area and has added an aesthetic touch to Amman's roads

Le Royal Hotel, Jordan

Le Royal hotel

Le Royal hotel in Jordan

Hosting the Kingdom's visitors and located in the Third Circle in Amman, the Le Royale Hotel was built in 2003 using 56,000 tons of cement from Lafarge Jordan Cement. This 32-story five-star hotel represents an architectural symbol for the 21st Century with luxury rooms and amenities.

Al-Wehdah Dam, Jordan

Al-Wehdah Dam, Jordan

Al-Wehdah Dam, Jordan

 Built in 2007, Al-Wehdah Dam is one of the largest Jordanian dams with a 120 million cubic meter capacity. Built using 114,000 tons of cement from Lafarge Jordan Cement, this 100 meter high dam has become a key asset to Jordan's water infrastructure catering to municipal and agricultural requirements.

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Low Energy Housing

Take the owner's tour!

This Flash presentation by Lafarge R&D on low energy housing explains 20 sustainable construction rules with innovative solutions. From the foundations and the exterior to the insulation and the interior - See how a low energy house is created!

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