Case Study

Saint-Gobain Africa's University Renovation

The University of Pretoria is one of Africa’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education. In 2013 Saint-Gobain Africa participated in the construction of its new 250-seat auditorium.

Located in the heart of Pretoria, South Africa, The University of Pretoria (UP) stands as one of Africa's oldest and most prestigious academic institutions. With a rich history spanning over a century, UP has consistently upheld its commitment to providing top-quality education and research opportunities. However, to meet the evolving needs of the modern era, the university sought a comprehensive renovation project. In their pursuit of excellence, UP partnered with Saint-Gobain, a global leader in sustainable construction materials and solutions. This case study delves into the successful collaboration between UP and Saint-Gobain, highlighting the transformative renovation undertaken at this esteemed university.

For Saint-Gobain Africa, the key challenge was to provide an effective solution to the architect’s performance criteria for acoustics.

To combine pleasing aesthetics with acoustic comfort, Gyproc provided Gyptone acoustic ceiling tiles. Their perforations, together with their acoustic tissue backing, aim at optimising sound absorption, which helps to eliminate echoes and minimise sound transmission between spaces. It also prevents disruptions from external sources, which could impact on learning.

Gyproc also supplied the University with DuraLine wall systems. These high impact-resistant drywall systems were installed in the indoor cricket area. This solution is specially designed for use in areas, such as sporting facilities, that require increased robustness.