Cambridgeshire construction partnership set to future-proof East Anglian infrastructure design

20 February, 24
Sustainable construction pioneer, Duraproducts has joined forces with The Greater Cambridge Partnership to lead the way in sustainable infrastructure development across East Anglia.

Sustainable construction pioneer, Duraproducts has joined forces with The Greater Cambridge Partnership to lead the way in sustainable infrastructure development across East Anglia.

Since 2019, the company has been supplying its innovative shallow profile, pedestrian-cycle friendly linear kerb and drainage systems to a variety of projects. More recently, it has helped The Cambridge Partnership deliver environmentally friendly transport solutions crucial for the development of towns and cities of the future.

Currently, the organisations are collaborating on a project in Milton Road, Cambridge which represents a pioneering initiative in the region and features Duraproducts’ recycled drainage systems (Duradrain), standard kerb (Durakerb), and traditional kerbing within varied road and pavement details.

A crucial aspect of the partnership’s commitment to sustainability is the selection of products with minimal environmental impact. Duradrain and Durakerb were specifically chosen for their low carbon footprint and high recycled content. The lightweight and sustainable properties of the system contribute to reduced resource consumption, lower energy usage, less risk, and fewer installation demands from delivery to on-site logistics and final installation.

The success of these projects has gained attention from Cambridgeshire County Council, prompting interest in incorporating Duraproducts’ solutions into new schemes in 2024. The Greater Cambridge Partnership, together with Duraproducts, has demonstrated its position at the forefront of sustainable infrastructure development, setting a standard for future projects in the local region and wider construction industry.

As part of the initial collaboration in 2019, Duraproducts showcased its expertise by providing a modified combined kerb and surface drainage system for a significant 1.5km project located on Histon Road, Cambridge. Tasked with early design involvement, the company successfully navigated challenges, ensuring efficient rainfall and runoff collection, and seamless discharge. The solution included variable kerb heights to facilitate access and delineate routes for cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicle traffic.

Commenting on the partnership, Andy Leah, Technical Manager at Duraproducts said: “We are delighted to have been involved in these projects which serve as true examples of innovation in action. The team has illustrated perfectly how to adopt a new approach to infrastructure design, addressing the pressing challenges of urban environments all while being mindful of the wider climate implications of the projects. This partnership offers an excellent opportunity to concentrate on establishing eco-friendly communities by enhancing transportation options for increased reliability, safety, and sustainability, thereby tackling issues related to carbon reduction and building a circular economy.”

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