LafargeHolcim has started delivering the first materials for the construction of the second Roche Tower (Building 2) in Basel.
The company is offering an integrated solution of different materials such as ultra-high performance concrete and services that were specifically designed for the challenging construction. Essential for high-rises, the solutions from LafargeHolcim guarantee high-compressive strength and low hydration heat of the concrete used for the massive foundation and core walls – a key requirement to prevent cracks and save on construction costs to avoid additional cooling.
For the project, LafargeHolcim is capitalizing on its successful contract for the first Roche Tower (Building 1) and its extensive track-record in making sophisticated high-rise buildings possible.
Marcel Cobuz, Region Head Europe, said: “We are proud to lend our experience to this landmark building. Our Swiss technical teams have developed special concrete and two tailor-made cements to turn the tapered architectural vision of architects Herzog & de Meuron into reality. Our specially developed cements are not only performance optimized but also reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent compared to traditional Portland cement.”
Highest building in Switzerland as of 2022
Upon completion in 2022, the tower will be the highlight of Basel’s skyline and Switzerland’s highest building, at 205 meters and 50 floors. Holcim Switzerland, LafargeHolcim’s local company, together with contractor Marti AG, has developed an integrated concept that fulfils the customer’s strong quality and sustainability requirements.