As part of our commitment to minimise the environmental impact of our operations across the UK, US and Hong Kong we’ve joined the United Nations Race To Zero campaign.
Reducing waste to landfill on the B1189 footway and cycleway replacement scheme
The original design for the B1189 footway and cycleway replacement scheme specified the use of gabion baskets for structural support. Working closely with our supply chain partners, customer and their materials lab, we developed an alternative solution that reused materials on-site and reduced costs.
The alternative solution seen the existing concrete footway recycled on-site, with the materials produced being used to provide structural support instead of the gabion baskets previously specified. This new approach removed the need to send waste arising from the removal of the footway to landfill.
Having adopted an ethos of using recycled materials where possible, the team also crushed waste kerbs and slabs from a previous project to create approximately 600 tonnes of aggregate that was used on the project.
As well as reducing waste going to landfill, recycling and reusing materials has reduced costs, with carbon emissions also being reduced and air quality improved by having less heavy good vehicles hauling materials to site.
Balfour Beatty has set out a roadmap to delivering a zero carbon construction site which we are trialling on a live site - the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - Biomes Initiative.
Our ecology experts undertook significant works to manage and mitigate risks posed to badgers and dormice in the area.