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Cemex contribute to architectural renewal in Lyon

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As part of Lyon’s ongoing renewal, the new Olympique Lyonnais football club training and residential centre in Meyzieu, named OL Academie Groupama, is also being constructed.

The centre is envisioned as France's premier mixed-training facility, with six football fields, training buildings, restaurant, library and classrooms over a total surface area of 68 000 m2, completed in 6 months.

Cemex has delivered a range of concretes for the structural work and for the artistic façade. The club’s emblem, a majestic lion, is engraved onto the wall perpendicular to the entrance.

“We’re multifaceted at Cemex, we know that we can supply products and materials to satisfy all types of our clients’ needs, and we have a lot of fun when our products give artists the opportunity and ability to be creative,” said Thierry Mosnier, a director at Cemex France, “We have worked with artists and architects in the past and hope to continue doing so in upcoming years.”

The work took six days to complete and was carried out by two people working entirely by hand to draw the lion’s form by lifting a layer of cement using a serrated-edged jackhammer. The contours of the animal were engraved onto the concrete using stencils. Rigorous attention had to be given to the claws, which were sculpted using chisels, to avoid cracking the concrete at the edges of the outline.

In addition to structural concrete for the building, Cemex also produced brush-hammered concrete for the walls using a tailored mix of specialty architectural concrete. The concrete was poured in60 cm bands into metal formwork panels to avoid blistering the surface of the wall.

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