UKSSH helps protect a greener future

UKSSH provided a Haki Temporary Work Shelter to provide a controlled environment for the first major pour in the UK of an ultra-low carbon...

The recent heatwave made us all focus on the importance of reducing our carbon footprint for the good of the planet, but on a recent project for its client Taylor Woodrow, UKSSH literally covered a major step forward in the journey to carbon neutrality, supplying a work shelter to provide a controlled environment for the first major pour in the UK of an ultra-low carbon concrete.

The pour took place at EcoPark South, the first building phase in North London Waste Authority’s plans to create a £1.2bn sustainable waste management hub in Edmonton; the North London Heat and Power Project. Developed over four years by Ecocem and VINCI Construction, the technology – Ecocem Ultra – forms part of VINCI Construction’s Exegy® ultra-low carbon concrete range, and

reduces the carbon footprint of the construction project by up to 70% when compared to traditional concrete. It has already been tested on several projects in France, but the EcoPark provided the perfect opportunity to launch it in the UK.

The innovation is so significant that Exegy® ultra-low carbon concrete’s first use in the UK was witnessed by an invited audience from across Europe, so it was imperative that the notoriously fickle British weather wouldn’t pour cold water on the event: That’s why Taylor Woodrow approached UKSSH to supply a temporary work shelter which was 19.80m wide, 24.40m long and 1.50m high at the eaves to provide a controlled work environment.

Gary Griffiths, MD of UKSSH commented “We were delighted to play our part in an event which demonstrated how new technology can contribute to ultra-low carbon emissions.

“At UKSSH we are committed to minimizing environmental impact: From the obvious choices like running electric vehicles and placing high importance on the environmental impact for all purchasing decisions, to the hidden benefits of our products – for example, the fact that lighter and fewer components for a project significantly reduce transport requirements. It’s probably no coincidence that our products were used at COP26 in Glasgow”.

The Haki Temporary Work Shelter isn’t just a preferred option for high profile events – built to any length in 3.05 metre modules, and able to cater for any width, it is quick and easy to install as either a static or mobile unit and its proven ability to keep out the worst that the British weather can throw at it means that the Haki Temporary Work Shelter is the cost-effective way to allow work to continue 24 hours a day, seven days a week.