Cement and construction materials leader AfriSam is the new anchor sponsor
for the Concrete Society of Southern Africa’s prestigious Fulton Awards. This latest development is in line with the company’s mission of creating concrete possibilities by pushing the boundaries of concrete products, both in terms of sustainability and technical performance.
“This event is well known for recognising excellence in concrete – a product that is synonymous with AfriSam,” says Richard Tomes, executive: sales and marketing at AfriSam. “We believe it is essential to give a platform to those individuals and companies that are pushing the boundaries in the use of concrete as this process leads to the innovative use of concrete from an architectural as well as a functional perspective.”
In addition to being a long-time supporter of the Fulton Awards, AfriSam has also been a sponsor of the AfriSam-SAIA Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation for almost a decade.
“At AfriSam, our focus has always been about the possibilities that concrete structures create for society, which is why we work closely with industry bodies and tertiary education institutions to achieve this,” says Tomes. “This collaboration seeks to do more than just promoting awareness within the industry. We actively get involved with various industry bodies like the Concrete Society, South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and the universities to fund research as well as various initiatives aimed at advancing excellence in concrete. Our work is always about partnerships, as none of us can create these concrete possibilities on our own.”
The Fulton Awards recognise and honour excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete. The Awards recognise the various teams involved in the construction of each project, including the owner, developer, consultants and contractors.
Nominations for the 2019 awards will be opening shortly and will include any project that has been completed in 2017, or substantially completed in 2018. Judging will take place on-site in early February and March 2019. A panel of seasoned industry experts have been selected to travel the country to evaluate each entered project worthy of an award. The process will culminate in the awarding of the esteemed Fulton Awards for Excellence at a prestigious function to be held at the luxurious Drakensberg Champaign Sports Resort in June 2019.
“Partnering with the Concrete Society in this important event allows AfriSam to recognise the excellent work that our customers do with the high quality concrete that they purchase from our various readymix operations around country, or that they produce themselves using aggregates and cement from AfriSam quarries and cement operations,” says Tomes.
The categories in 2019 are: infrastructure up to R100 million project value; infrastructure above R100 million project value; building structures up to three storeys; building structures above three storeys; architectural concrete; and innovation in concrete.