Aggregate Industries has earned a spot on the shortlist for the ‘Product Innovation of the Year’ category for the use of its ultra-low carbon concrete, ECOPact Max+, in the project as a showcase of how the construction industry can drive better and more sustainable building as we transition towards net zero.
The British Construction Industry Awards are the most prestigious awards in the building environment sector with 19 categories judged by an independent panel of over 80 expert judges. The ‘Product Innovation of the Year’ category shows recognition towards innovation in products for design or construction that are deployed on specific projects and that are boosting overall project outcomes.
The Hope Sculpture is the centre piece of three public art installations by the British artist and designer Steuart Padwick, with ECOPact Max used to create the projects columns and pile caps, making the Hope Sculpture the first UK structure built with 100% cement free concrete.
Aggregate Industries worked closely with Master Builder Solutions to develop a bespoke ECOPact Max+ product in order to meet the desired sustainability credentials for the project. The concrete included 20% recycled glass and offered a minimum of 70% CO2 reduction compared to using a standard concrete mix, without compromising on performance. All of which was manufactured locally at Aggregate Industries’ network of plants in Scotland.
To create a unique finish for the sculpture, Aggregate Industries added specific aggregate types, such as a light coloured 4/14 aggregate from Skye and recycled glass, to create an exposed rustic finished look. As a final touch, the ECOPact Max+ was lightly power washed to etch back the surface and expose the unique and decorative look of recycled glass aggregates.
Kirstin McCarthy, Sustainability Director at Aggregate Industries, said: “As a business, we are committed to building progress towards a more sustainable construction industry. A more sustainable future requires new, ground-breaking products that challenge and facilitate the modernising of codes and practices. The work we have done as part of the Hope Sculpture project, developing ECOPact Max and showcasing low-carbon, sustainable solutions at their very best, is a great example of this, and serves as a permanent and visual reminder that transition is within reach.
“We are delighted to have contributed to this project and to have been shortlisted proves the importance of the work we are doing to achieve a cleaner, greener industry and global environment.”
Natalie Alexopoulos, Hope Project Director, added: “The most remarkable thing about this project has been collaborating with these companies and individuals. Their integrity, drive and commitment to make a difference has been inspiring.”
The Hope Sculpture stands at 23.5m and is located at Cunigar Loop, part of Clyde Gateway, and is available to the public to view via walking and cycling routes that connect all three art pieces, including the ‘Beacon of Hope’ and the ‘Hope Triptych’.
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