27 May 2020

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Concrete marvel


Lafarge’s innovative solution has been used in the construction of monument for legendary Bengali poet  Kazi Nazrul Islam.


Globally acknowledged for partnering with leading architects and engineers to create some of the most iconic structures, Lafarge has come up with another innovative solution. This time it is at Nazrul Tirtha, a cultural and educational center dedicated to celebrated Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. The architectural marvel – a calligraphic wall – has been constructed at Nazrul Tirtha using Lafarge India’s innovative solution Agilia®.  The solution was used to transform the architectural design into a landmark project. To bring the concept to life precision was required and Lafarge emerged as the natural partner to collaborate for this project. Over 754 cubic meters of Agilia® Vertical was delivered in seven months while maintaining consistency and providing superior performance to the museum’s exterior facade.


Agilia® is a self-compacting, self-leveling concrete that provides solutions and opportunities for design and placement. A fluid concrete that flows freely around congested steel reinforcement. Due to its fluidity, it eliminates the tedious chore of vibration thereby reducing worksite noise levels. Agilia® provides excellent consistency and aesthetic qualities as per the architect’s need.


Nazrul Tirtha, spread over 1,00,000 sq ft , has been designed by architect Abin Chaudhuri from Abin Design Studio. The structural consultant for the project was Sanjiv Parekh from S.P.A. Consultants. The main gate has 8.5 meter high block of concrete , elevated on stilts, with Bengali letters ‘Unnata mama shir’ carved on it which means head held high. The quality provided by Agilia® gives the building’s external walls a unique appearance. This Agilia® formulation, at the entrance, was enhanced by using a black pigment and required the development of a specific casting technique, previously untested in India, in order to obtain a consistent color throughout the structure.


A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of??15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.


Lafarge builds real partnerships with architecture firms, structural consultants, contractors and various stakeholders in the construction chain. Martin Kriegner, Country CEO, Lafarge India said “We are proud to be associated with Nazrul Tirtha an iconic structure and a prestigious project. Lafarge nurtures a close partnership with these key stakeholders of construction projects and offer an insight into developing customized construction systems.  Building Better Cities across the world is a global ambition for Lafarge. With the successful completion of this landmark project Lafarge reiterates this commitment.”




Kazi Nazrul Islam was a Bengali poet, musician and revolutionary who pioneered poetic works espousing intense spiritual rebellion against fascism and oppression. His poetry and nationalist activism earned him the popular title of Bidrohi Kobi (Rebel Poet). Accomplishing a large body of acclaimed works through his life, Nazrul is officially recognised as the national poet of Bangladesh and commemorated in India. 'Nazrul Tirtha', was recently Inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee in Kolkata. It is a cultural and educational centre dedicate d to Kazi Narul Islam and is an architectural representation of his literary works.


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