Barrier Services Ltd | Major scheme sees new noise barrier bring environmental benefit
Barrier Services Ltd (BSL) has recently completed another major project with the installation of new noise restricting barrier along the A30.
The scheme saw the replacement of the existing barrier which had reached the end of its life cycle, with BSL installing the new Tilon composite barrier which uses recycled plastics.
The recycled nature of some of the product components is one of two major environmentally friendly aspects within the scheme, with the other being the use of a low carbon alternative to concrete utilised throughout the works.
With an eye firmly fixed on sustainability, BSL can now proudly state the reduced carbon footprint on its project work when utilising these more sustainable products.
This project alone totals a reduction of 67 tonnes of CO 2 when compared with the carbon emissions had these alternative, greener products not been used.
Barrier Services Ltd Director Dan Raffles told us:
“This is a project we are very proud to share. We have been working on Highways England‘s SW CWF for the last 3.5yrs and have built a fantastic relationship with our client, fellow community partners and our supply chain, and this scheme is testament to that.
“At the start of the year we were approached by our good friends at SWH Ltd to work with them to install the series of noise barriers along the A30. We worked with them on the design, and it became clear that due to the complexities and the significant environmental sensitivities of the sites it was moving more from their scheme into ours. So, we mutually agreed to reallocate our work so they would deliver some of our allocated boundary schemes and we would deliver these ones.
“But that was just the beginning. Kier Group’s environmental team escalated our request for Natural England to use a sustainable, recycled plastic noise barrier, aesthetically coloured to match the environment; recycling 1.3T of plastic in the process. Our awesome design team at David French Partnership LLP then helped us redesign the foundations to reduce the required concrete by 50% and then our local concrete supplier Fahey’s Concrete Ltd worked with us to provide a low carbon dioxide concrete.
“Ultimately, we have ended up with a very innovative approach to delivering a project more sustainably, and that’s something we’re extremely proud of.”