Sustainable Paving Manufacturer Oakdale Contracts Materials Processing Institute to Develop Low-Carbon Concrete Curbs

L-R: Andy Johnson (Oakdale), Wisdom Asotah, (Institute for Materials Processing) Michael Jonas and Nick Tutty (Oakdale) with Sam Bell, Molly Watson and Richard Birley from the institute at the Oakdale factory

OCatterick-based paving manufacturer akdale Contracts is working with the Materials Processing Institute to develop low carbon concrete curbs after successfully securing £415,000 in grant funding from Innovate UK.

Cement and concrete production accounts for approximately eight percent of global CO2 emissions, with traditional concrete production using large amounts of materials from regular portland cement, which requires a large amount of energy.

Market leader in sustainable paving slabs, Oakdale Contracts, has teamed up with Teesside-based Institute to focus on developing low carbon concrete curbs for construction and landscaping.

The Institute for Materials Processing, a national center for research and innovation across essential industries, makes available its leading expertise in alternative cementitious materials in the search for a new new material.

When manufacturing at Oakdale, the intention is to produce a cementitious material that has a low or carbon neutral footprint, but ensures that the product maintains at least the same performance values ​​and aesthetics as products made with traditional methods and designs.

With the industry considered to be one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, Innovate UK has launched the £12m Resource Savings for Materials and Manufacturing (REforMM) program to support UK materials and manufacturing organizations to have become significantly more efficient in terms of resources.

Oakdale, a subsidiary of the Hellens Group, has deployed another decarbonisation tactic to help with its commitment to developing carbon-free products in the future. The firm recently built a 576-panel solar farm that currently provides 300,000 kWh of energy per year – enough power for the entire factory.

Gavin Cordwell-Smith, CEO of Hellens Group, said: “We are delighted to have received £415,000 from innovate UK and very much look forward to working closely with our partners at the Materials Processing Institute who will bring serious added value. to what we are trying to achieve.

“The partnership really highlights the talent and expertise of workers in the North East who will be looking to finally unlock the magic formula for low carbon concrete to be widely used in our sector.

Richard Birley, Head of the Institute’s Advanced Materials Group and Project Leader, added: “As we address the pressing issue of decarbonising energy-intensive industries, this collaboration embodies the spirit of innovation and sustainability by leveraging expertise in alternative cementitious materials. Together, we strive to create a new standard for environmentally friendly building materials, which represents a key step towards a greener and more energy efficient future.

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