Asian Games 2018 go for sustainability gold

13 August 2018

On your marks, get set, go! The starting whistle will shortly be blown in the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Jakarta, Indonesia, as it co-hosts the 431 sporting events of the 18th Asian Games in August 2018. LafargeHolcim has helped the country’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing to get to the starting line sustainably by fulfilling its green building certification goals.


Record-breaking renovation

Gelora Bung Karno (GBK), Indonesia’s largest sports complex, is preparing to act as the epicenter of the 2018 Asian Games. Holcim Indonesia played its part in the renovation project, providing its innovative ThruCrete and ColoCrete products to create a new jogging track and extensive pedestrian walkways. The decorative walkways will cover an area of 70,000m², setting a world record among LafargeHolcim permeable concrete projects.



A winning bid

Keen on achieving green building certification for the GBK renovation project, Indonesia’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing recognized the importance of sustainable and aesthetically pleasing design for this large pedestrian area. Designed to minimize the impact of heavy rainfall, and boasting a range of colors, Holcim’s ThruCrete and Colocrete were therefore key to winning the project bid.

The pride of Indonesian sporting heritage, the vast GBK sports complex – which includes one of the world’s largest football stadiums along with athletic tracks, an aquatic stadium, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, hockey, baseball and archery fields, and several indoor gymnasiums – is also very popular among Jakartans for daily sports and recreation. Holcim Indonesia has therefore not only contributed to the preparation of one of the world’s major sporting events, but to the lasting enjoyment of the sports complex among the local community.




"Winning this bid to help revitalize the GBK stadium is an example of our Value Added Services (VAS) innovations gaining wider recognition from contractors and contributing to the nation’s iconic projects."

Arief Sutanto
VAS Development Specialist.