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Aggregate Industries wins through at Sustain Awards

March 2009

Aggregate Industries has picked up two industry accolades for sustainable construction at this year’s Sustain Awards.

Our contracting team won the award for construction in the category for ‘Property and the Built Environment’ for its A38 Glyn Valley Project, while the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction won the international award for global citizenship for its Holcim Awards project in the category for ‘Business and Society’.

The Glyn Valley Project was delivered by our contracting team in partnership with the Highways Agency to improve a 1km stretch of the A38 running through the Glyn Valley on the Devon and Cornwall border, a high profile County Wildlife Site immediately adjacent to the River Fowey.

Mike Archer, National Contracting Director said: “The Glyn Valley Project is a leading edge achievement in the road construction and maintenance sector through the successful implementation of this environmental plan. The project has been highlighted as an exceptional success in terms of construction sustainability, in both the principal works undertaken, and the interaction with the local community, the environment and other concerned stakeholders. As such, it will be used as a blue print for any future works in the area.”

Innovation, commitment and communications with all stakeholder groups ensured that road users of the A38 benefitted significantly from a safer road, and the local environment and community were not adversely affected, with evidence of wildlife continuing to use the area.

Aggregate Industries’ parent company Holcim presented with the International Prize for Global Citizenship for the work of its Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. The Foundation conducts an international competition that recognises innovative construction solutions that truly champion sustainability with prize money of £ 1.5 million per three-year cycle.

Edward Schwarz general manager Holcim Foundation said: “Since the built environment accounts for around one-third of manmade CO2 emissions across its lifecycle, how we build determines to what degree we make progress on the sustainability agenda. Utilizing the global reach of the Holcim Group, the Holcim Foundation accelerates progress towards sustainable construction, encouraging initiatives in support of sustainable approaches to the provision of housing and infrastructure in developing and industrialized nations alike”.

Both projects were commended by Sustain Magazine for demonstrating environmental best practice and commitment to sustainability.

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