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Wakefield Council highway schemes

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Durakerb is highly sustainable, using waste that would otherwise go to landfill.
1 of 2 | Durakerb is highly sustainable, using waste that would otherwise go to landfill.
Durakerb is lightweight to reduce risk of injury to contractors.
2 of 2 | Durakerb is lightweight to reduce risk of injury to contractors.

We supplied a highly sustainable product to the project in Wakefield, which was light weight and easier to handle, whilst remaining highly durable.

Key facts

Sector: Highway
Client: Wakefield Council
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions and waste to landfill
  • Reduced injury risk and reduced long-term disabilities
  • Best value through whole life costing savings for the Council

Brief

Wakefield Council traditionally used pre-cast concrete kerb edgings when building or maintaining its 1,400km road network. The laying of traditional kerb edgings by hand involves a risk of injury to the workforce, so Wakefield Council assessed the risk of injury and took steps to reduce it. A trial was undertaken to use lightweight kerb edgings made entirely from re-cycled materials. This was done to reduce installation costs and time, to lessen the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, and to meet the Council’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions and make greater use of re-cycled materials.

Solution

Wakefield Council recognised that the use of our Durakerb product would lessen the risk of injury to its staff, make use of waste material that would otherwise end up in landfill sites, and provide a better service to its road users by reducing road disruption time.

The Council also identified the potential social, environmental and economic impacts and costs for each stage of the project when selecting Durakerb. At end of life or if no longer required, the product can be 100% recycled and the durable construction means that expensive maintenance costs are reduced. Additionally, mechanical lifting machinery is used extensively with traditional kerbs. On site this requires different machines for different situations (uneven ground, narrow spaces, etc.)

Both on site and in the deport machines are used to unload the delivery wagons. All machines require safety checks that incur a cost to the Council and also require an operator. Moving to Durakerb eliminates these and so reduces the impact of the initial higher purchase cost.

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Wakefield Council highway schemes

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