VINCI Construction


Revolutionary product cuts construction costs and carbon emissions at Wrightington Hospital project

A construction team working on the redevelopment of Wrightington Hospital, in West Lancashire, has used a new product which has saved the £18m scheme thousands of pounds, whilst also reducing the projectís carbon emissions.

The unique components in RoadCem, has reduced costs by 20%. The fine, powdered blend was used to landscape and stabilise soft organic ground adjacent to the site, and provide a larger, temporary car park for the site team.

This larger space was created at no extra cost to the client, while freeing up hospital parking facilities.

The treated area can support and withstand site accommodation, materials storage and heavy construction traffic, while the finished surface is virtually maintenance free. It will eventually be milled back to soil with soil stabiliser plant and returned to landscape, without any environmental impact.

Using this new product has also helped reduce the amount of vehicles bringing material to and from the site, which is estimated to have saved up to 60% in carbon emissions.

RoadCem was originally developed by a Dutch company called PowerCem and works by binding nearly all kinds of material to form road hardening matter. Through interlocking strings which flexibly wrap around particles, the product has been used on projects all around the world from Canada, Mexico, Qatar to the Czech Republic.

Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has appointed IHP, a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, to build a new orthopaedic facility, which will comprise of four theatres, an admissions unit and two 28-bed wards.

The project started onsite in June 2014 and is due to complete in November 2015.