Cradlestone Mall wins International Award

South African drywall and plastering craftsmanship is on par with international standards 


13 June 2014 – The 9th Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy awards took place in Berlin, Germany on Friday, 6 June 2014. Cradlestone Mall was named the winner in the Commercial section of the global awards.


Cradlestone Mall, designed by architects Bentel & Associates is situated on the edge of The Cradle of Humankind in Muldersdrift, Gauteng. This project combines innovation and sustainability, showcasing how Saint-Gobain Gyproc’s high performance plasterboard systems and plasters, combined with skilled workmanship provides solutions for high quality, safe, comfortable, modular and sustainable interiors across a wide variety of applications.


The main feature of the shopping mall is the ceiling above the food and entertainment area, where the installation of the ceiling was designed to contour the jagged shape of the “armadillo-style” roof, which is framed by three dimensional bulkheads, giving the mall its angular expression.


The architects challenging slanted design inspired by the layering of strata as a unique design theme, coupled with high acoustic and aesthetic specification, lead to the selection and installation by contractor Abbeycon (Pty) Ltd, of Gyproc products and systems. The products used included; Gyproc Moisture Resistant , Gyproc FireStop, DONN T38 & T37 grids, Gyproc Gypex White and Fissured Ceiling Boards, RhinoGlide Plaster and Gyproc Gyptone BigLine6.  


Saint-Gobain Gyproc products used in the walls and ceilings were, in addition, instrumental in improving the energy saving qualities of the structure.


The international panel of judges commended the unique shape of the structures roofline, coupled with the flawless finishes, which are exposed to extreme light and its high level of acoustic performance is what made this bold project a winner in their eyes.


The Cradlestone Mall project was one of 87 projects entered into the global awards, from a total number of 33 countries across the globe.


“It is with great pride that Saint-Gobain Gyproc South Africa returns from the global awards with a South Africa project as one of the winners. This is testimony to the fact that South Africa is able to compete on  a world stage when it comes to the best quality products coupled with a high level of skilled workmanship to produce a world-class masterpiece in construction, such a Cradlestone Mall. Our congratulations to Abbeycon (Pty) Ltd on their achievement and for being ranked amongst the best drywall and plastering contractors in the world,” says Evan Lockhart-Barker, General Manager Marketing: Saint-Gobain Gyproc SA. 




The Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy


Is a unique gypsum industry event and one of the largest international competitions of its kind. Established in 1998 to recognize and reward craftsmanship of drywall and plastering contractors, the trophy aims to promote excellence and innovation in the use of sustainable and lightweight plasterboard systems and plasters.


The International Trophy campaign is organized by Saint-Gobain subsidiaries over a two year period, starting with regional and national events, and culminating in an international competition. This year, the International event was held in Berlin. 87 projects were entered and judged in 6 categories: plasterboard, residential, commercial, segment solutions and plaster.

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