Lafarge Iraq signs contract to supply concrete for the construction of the new Central Bank of Iraq, which was designed by the late Architect Zaha Hadid


Lafarge Iraq is delighted to be working on the new Central Bank of Iraq (CBI), which is one of the final designs gifted from the world renowned Iraqi architect, the late Zaha Hadid.


Zaha Hadid Architects’ website describes the project as: “Rising from the sloping banks of the Tigris river in Baghdad, the design of the new headquarters of the Central Bank of Iraq conveys the core values at the heart of the institution: Solidity, Stability and Sustainability.” The building will be 172m high and will stand on a 200m by 100m podium.


Construction on the new CBI is already underway and Lafarge Iraq will be the exclusive concrete supply partner for project. The main contractor for the project is Azerbaijan-based ‘DAAX Construction’ who have worked on other challenging designs by Zaha Hadid including the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Baku.


Khaled El Dokani, Country CEO of Lafarge Iraq, noted the importance of the project for Iraq and that it was a good example of large-scale government projects. El Dokani added “Lafarge Iraq proud to be part of such a significant project; I congratulate  our Lafarge Iraq Concrete team for this great step forward and getting involved in the construction of this iconic design by Zaha Hadid. I want to thank them for the huge effort and persistence shown to overcome the challenges and obstacles so that Lafarge Iraq would be part of this project.”


Lafarge Iraq is becoming the preferred partner for important large-scale infrastructure projects; "the new CBI is just one of the large-scale and important projects that Lafarge Iraq is involved in; we are also the exclusive concrete partner for the Karbala Refinery project, Khabat power plant in Erbil, and several building and infrastructure projects throughout the country," said Ali Said, General Manager of Lafarge Concrete in Iraq. He added that the CBI is a 4-year construction project for which Lafarge will be providing approx.150,000m3 of specialized concrete types.


Lafarge Iraq’s Senior Construction Expert, Sohaib Salamah, said that “Iraqi Central Bank project reflects not only modern-visionary architecture but also a very high level concrete engineering thanks to Lafarge’s worldwide know how and innovative, ultra-high performance concrete products.”


In addition to the different high performance concrete types (C50-80) to be supplied by Lafarge Iraq, LafargeHolcim’s very special product Ductal® is also considered to be used in the construction of this iconic architectural design by Zaha Hadid. Ductal® is a high-tech construction material (Ultra-High Performance Concrete - UHPC) with the superior qualities of resistance to compression, ductility, longevity, explosive resistant, eco-efficiency, insulation and aesthetics.


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