"A new take on construction" is more than just a slogan for Lafarge. The time has come to develop "sustainable" buildings which take account of ecologically sound materials, advances in construction techniques and respect for the environment. Discover recent construction projects to which the Group has contributed.


Hypergreen, a multi-function tower concept

Lafarge and architects

Lafarge works closely with leading architects, promoters and builders to develop sustainable construction methods.

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 Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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.


Rion-Antirion Bridge, in Greece

Built in 2004 by Gefyra, this bridge links the Peloponnesus with continental Greece. With a length of 2,800 meters, it is the longest suspension bridge ever built. 750,000 tons of high-performance aggregates were used to ensure the structure is durable and extremely strong. The bridge can resist winds of up to 250 km/h, a collision with an 180,000-ton oil tanker, or an earthquake of magnitude 7 on the Richter scale.

Millau Viaduc, in France

With a maximum height of 340 meters, the Millau Viaduc is even higher than the Eiffel Tower. 35,000 tons of cement were used in the construction of this concrete and metal marvel.

Eco-City, South Africa

The Eco-City Project was launched by the W.W.F. and local N.G.O.s in a deprived township of Johannesburg. The project builds low-cost, environment-friendly housing and makes it available to families at the lowest end of the income scale. The overall goal is to reduce pollution and poverty in the township.

The project focuses on passive solar heating, rainwater recovery and the use of recyclable materials. Lafarge provided the cement which was mixed with polystyrene scrap to produce cost-effective insulation panels.

Concrete and cement also have a role to play in sustainable construction!