Sustainable development cuts 1500 journeys in and out of MK

Mon 13 May 2013

Top class environmentally-conscious planning means that more than one thousand five hundred fewer lorry journeys will have to be taken from a major construction site in Milton Keynes.  City based Civil Engineering specialist, Smith Construction is removing and breaking out existing concrete and floor slabs from a site at Grafton Gate, Winterhill.

The £2.9 million project will see two big new retail units on the 50,000 ft² site being built by local contractor Parkway Construction for the client, Albion Land.  Existing foundations, concrete and floor slabs from the demolition will be broken down on site by Smith Construction’s own crushing equipment to create a top grade sub-base material for the build as part of a major new recycling initiative for Milton Keynes.  Up to 15,000 tonnes of material being used in the groundworks will be utilised in this way.  It also means there is no need to bring in thousands of tonnes of primary aggregate all the way from a quarry in Leicestershire.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to be part of regenerating this area of Milton Keynes,” says Director, John Banks from Smith Construction.  “We’re extremely focussed on recycling and reusing everything we can from all our projects.  Our sister company, Smith Recycling provides the skips for other waste such as reusable metals and plastics which is then treated at our Bleak Hall recycling facility.  All in all, we’re cutting our carbon footprint, recycling everything possible so virtually nothing will go to landfill.”

Works will include the substructure and infrastructure and all external works ready for the new build.  The company’s Highways team will put in two new road junctions and finish with laying block paving for 180 parking spaces, tarmacking footpaths and concreting a new service yard.   This project is due for completion in September 2013.

During the excavation phase, inert subsoils removed from the drainage operation were tested and approved for use at the ‘Places for People’ award-winning development at Brooklands, Milton Keynes.  The excess material is used for the construction of a noise attenuation ridge, built to prevent the effects of noise pollution from the M1 motorway. Once the demolition phase is complete, Phase 2, the bulk earthworks stage will commence.  The cut and fill operation utilises specialist in-house plant to regulate the site to the correct levels. 

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