An exciting development has resulted in the first green taxi rank built to withstand heavy foot traffic yet remain visually appealing.
Working closely from the very beginning with Cape Town-based Stauch Vorster Architects, Lafarge South Africa, a leading building materials company in the country, is proud of its involvement with South Africa’s first green taxi rank in Wallacedene, in the eastern suburbs of Cape Town.
For the construction of the building, Lafarge supplied its innovative, market-leading product, Agilia*, a self-consolidating concrete. This product achieved every requirement with regard to being environmentally friendly while contributing to a low carbon footprint for the facility. As well as producing high-strength, durable concrete, Agilia is also popular with architects for extending the avenues of creative concrete expression.
Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials. The Group is committed to creating solutions that help to build better cities that are more durable with desirable environments that accommodate the enormous global trend towards urbanisation. Innovation is a core strength of Lafarge, which operates one of the largest building materials research and development centres in the world.
The Lafarge Tygerberg Readymix plant supplied 133 m³ of Agilia concrete to construct the columns and beams of the taxi rank structure. The product’s exceptional fluidity enables it to fill all corners and areas in moulds without the need for vibration, while remaining homogeneous. It is also an ideal product for achieving smoother architectural concrete finishes with minimal need for remedial work. The Lafarge Readymix team from the company’s Cape Town branch provided technical advice and on-site support for the project.
Durability is another key issue in this type of high-traffic public facility. Costing approximately R25 million, the taxi rank is expected to serve around 5 000 commuters daily travelling in 50 minibuses. Challenges such as running costs have been efficiently addressed with the structure’s PV panels and battery backup almost eliminating Eskom power usage. Stormwater is captured and stored in underground tanks and recycled for washing vehicles.
“This has been a fascinating project,” comments Herbert Groenewald, Building Marketing Manager – Lafarge South Africa. “Lafarge is proud to have provided the concrete solution for this taxi rank initiative and firmly believes it will be the model for future transport infrastructure development.”
*Agilia is a Registered Trademark