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BBGE demonstrates precast sustainability credentials

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering’s Balmore precast pile factory celebrated the end of the business’ month long focus on sustainability by taking customers on a tour of the facility.

The company has said that it has been working to improve the sustainability of its operations for some time but the campaign over the last four weeks has been aimed at communicating the developments to customers.

Redevelopment of the Balmore factory near Glasgow between 2008 and 2010 allowed the company to improve the environmental performance of the building with geotehermal piles and rainwater harvesting. The sustainability of the piles has also been improved with use of 36% Ground-Granulated Blast-Furnace (GGBS) cement replacement, while introduction of a responsible procurement strategy for steel and a switch to 10mm and 14mm steel has helped cut raw material usage.

According to BBGE, the changes at Balmore and others at its Bottesford precast pile factory in Nottinghamshire resulted in 288t less steel being used last year compared to the volume used in 2010. Rainwater harvesting at both site also resulted in the reuse of 4M litres of water last year.

The combined output of both factories last year was 101,111 linear metres last year and, with the volume expected to grow to 125,000 linear metres this year, further environmental savings are expected.

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