Jones Bros’ concrete waste solution wows judges at prestigious industry awards15th Apr 2019

A leading civil engineering firm’s innovative use of concrete to minimise waste has been recognised at a major construction industry awards.

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK scooped bronze at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s (CCS) National Site Awards for its work at the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm, where it is principal contractor for developer innogy Renewables UK.

And its concrete waste reduction method on the site is now being used as an example of best practice in the industry after judges said they’d never seen such a technique before.

With the Denbighshire-based project requiring a total of 17,000 m3 of concrete, surplus material was poured into cube moulds to create building blocks.

The multi-purpose items, which are currently being used as edge protection and walls for aggregate stock bays, helped save 90m3 of concrete from going to waste.

Jones Bros site agent Rhys Roberts said: “We’re proud to have led the way in developing this method, which is now available on the CCS’ best practice hub as an example for others to follow.

“Through using the leftover material, we reduced our carbon footprint by avoiding haulage vehicle journeys to and from a landfill. In addition, it benefits an upcoming project as we intend to use the blocks in some of the concrete structures on that site.

“Our health and safety standards on site were also praised, as was our community engagement, which includes welcoming pupils from local primary schools and a tour for the Denbigh Rotary Club.

“Winning bronze at the annual CCS National Site Awards is a brilliant vote of confidence for the team involved in this project.”

The 27-turbine site will have the capacity to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of up to 63,800 average UK homes per year.

The local community will receive an investment fund from innogy worth up to £768,000 per annum, throughout the lifetime of the project, once the wind farm is operational.

Founded in the 1950s, Jones Bros is now being run by the second and third generations of the founding family and employs more than 350 people. 

In addition to renewable energy, it works on projects including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, and flood and marine defence projects around the UK.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme, established in 1998, recognises construction sites with high standards in aspects including respecting the community, protecting the environment, and securing workers’ safety.

To find out more about the Considerate Constructors Scheme, visit https://www.ccscheme.org.uk