S Walsh the London Building Materials and construction services provider has secured a long term agreement with Imerys Minerals Ltd (IML) to develop the secondary aggregates market in the South East of England.
IML’s china clay production in Cornwall generates millions of tonnes of by-product annually, much of which can be processed into secondary aggregates, also known as “stent”.
S Walsh recognises the growing demand for “green” construction materials and sees this agreement as the catalyst for realising the potential of this material in the market.
Speaking on the announcement Westley Pickup, Commercial Director of S Walsh, stated “It has always been our long term vision to secure a sustainable resource to build a Greener London. We have undertaken extensive research and know that these products can be used more widely for infrastructure, residential, commercial, education and health construction projects.
Secondary Aggregate from china clay waste meets the requirements of sustainable building in the UK. There is a huge lack of understanding of availability and potential for this ‘secondary’ resource and we expect that through our commercial relationships we can share what the possibilities are.”
Products sourced from S Walsh can be used to produce high specification construction products such as asphalt, Ready-mix concrete and various concrete products such as blocks, kerbs, flags, bricks and precast products such as tunnel segments, constituting up to 100% secondary aggregates.
Plans have been drawn up as part of a long term strategy by S Walsh across London and the South East for both rail and sea terminals. This will reduce thousands of lorry movements and also provide manufacturing facilities that can provide a range of sustainable construction products to meet the increase in demand that is now being seen in the construction sector.
“This will represent a major investment in state of the art low carbon production plants which will be the most advanced in Europe whilst providing a new major sustainable employer in manufacturing within the in the region.
It is vital that sustainability initiatives like this are supported by Local and central government to provide reassurance to encourage long term investment in UK Manufacturing. S Walsh looks forward to working with government bodies, designers, architects, clients and contractors to demonstrate the benefits of using sustainable building materials. We plan to collaborate with the industry and provide what the UK needs for a sustainable building future”, concludes Westley.