A 100% carbon neutral concrete product has been used to kick-start development at The Berkeley Group’s prestigious Watford housing scheme, The Eight Gardens.

25.03.2022
 
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More than 4,000m3 of London Concrete – part of leading construction materials supplier Aggregate Industries - ECOPact Prime concrete was used in the piling works, which were carried out by piling specialists Rock & Alluvium, at the new development.

When complete, Berkeley’s ‘The Eight Gardens’ will be a stunning collection of studio one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses within a selection of towers located just two minutes from Watford Junction Station.

Sat within two acres of public green space, the sustainable credentials for The Eight Gardens has been crucial in the plans for the development and key to securing planning permission at the site. As a result, Berkeley selected ECOPact Prime for its green credentials, which a CO2 reduction of up to 70% thanks to its bespoke higher blend of cement replacement, compared to standard (CEM I) concrete.

What’s more, Berkeley chose to make the supplied quantity of ECOPact Prime completely carbon neutral by upgrading to ECOPact Zero through offsetting the residual CO2 – making it London Concrete’s first ECOPact Zero project through offsetting.

Daniel King, Managing Director at London Concrete, said: “Our ECOPact product range is engineered to reduce CO2 by up to 70%, and with the added option to upgrade to a fully neutral product through offsetting the residual CO2, it was the ideal solution for Berkeley and it’s ‘The Eight Gardens’ development. Berkeley has a target of 40% embodied carbon reduction by 2030 as part of its ‘Our Vision 2030’ strategy, so ECOPact Zero goes a long way in supporting Berkeley with its sustainability goals.”

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