Very civil engineering project cuts down on lorry trips

Smith Construction is removing and breaking out existing concrete and floor slabs from a site at Grafton Gate, Winterhill
Smith Construction is removing and breaking out existing concrete and floor slabs from a site at Grafton Gate, Winterhill
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Civil engineering specialists from Milton Keynes reckon there will be about 1,500 fewer lorry trips out of a retail development in the new city.

That’s because Smith Contruction, in Watling Street, Little Brickhill, is re-using up to 15,000 tonnes of foundations, concrete and floor slabs from the development in Grafton Gate, Winterhill, by crushing it on site and turning it into top grade sub-base material for the new build’s groundworks.

It also means there is no need to bring in thousands of tonnes of primary aggregate all the way from a quarry in Leicestershire.

Smith Construction director John Banks said: “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.”

The £2.9 million project will see two big new retail units on the 50,000 sq ft site being built by local contractor Parkway Construction for the client, Albion Land. 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.