In line with new legislation and design guidance, projects in Cambridge are delivering infrastructure which provides better bus, walking and cycle facilities for those travelling into the city.
With Greater Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire set to grow by up to 30% in the next 15 years, the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is ensuring that vital infrastructure improvements are more sustainable and is encouraging more environmentally friendly modes of transport, essential for towns and cities of the future.
Dura Products was involved in early design and was tasked to produce a modified system of combined kerb and surface drainage that would provide efficient collection and discharge of rainfall across the project. There have been many challenges to overcome, not least in the smooth transitions through each change of function where variable kerb heights were necessary to allow access and delineate routes for cycle users, pedestrians, and vehicle traffic.
The modern approach to design, prioritising overall environmental improvement, has also been reflected in the choice of material used and processes of construction.
The Partnership wanted to use products that offered a minimum impact to the environments. Duradrain was picked specifically as a low carbon solution with a high recycled content. The lightweight properties of the system mean that resources, energy, risk, and the demands on the workforce are lessened, from delivery to and around site, from initial set-out through to final installation.
Histon Road is the first site to receive Duradrain’s new multi-use combined kerb and drainage system. The units were delivered by Dunstable-based stockists Hauraton UK and installed by J Breheny Contractors for Skanska Major Projects
Simon Wilkinson, Sales Manager at Hauraton UK, said: “We worked closely with the team at Breheny which purchased the sustainable road kerbs from its supplier Keyline Nationals. The product was delivered within timescales during a difficult period for transport, and the precise installation demonstrates what a professional groundwork company can achieve.”
Steve Bennett, Managing Director at Dura Products, added: “We are delighted to have been involved in this project which serves as a true example of innovation in action and the team has illustrated perfectly how to adopt a new approach to infrastructure design.
“The benefits of Duradrain go beyond its sustainability advantages, and this is clearly demonstrated at Histon Road. Its lightweight nature allows one-operative installation, which has enabled the supply and installation of all units whilst coronavirus restrictions or complete lockdown has been in place.”
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