First ECOPact Zero project for London Concrete
Carbon-neutral concrete used at landmark sustainable housing development in Watford
A 100% carbon-neutral concrete product supplied by London Concrete, part of Aggregate Industries, has been used to kick-start development at Berkeley Group’s prestigious The Eight Gardens housing scheme in Watford. More than 4,000 cubic metres of ECOPact Prime concrete has been used in the piling works for the new development.
Sat within two acres of public green space, the sustainable nature of The Eight Gardens has been crucial in plans for the development and was key to securing planning permission at the site, which is located just two minutes from Watford Junction station.
As a result, Berkeley selected ECOPact Prime for its green credentials, which include a CO2 reduction of up to 70% thanks to its bespoke higher blend of cement replacement compared with standard (CEM I) concrete.
Moreover, Berkeley chose to make the ECOPact Prime completely carbon neutral by upgrading to ECOPact Zero through offsetting the residual CO2 – making it London Concrete’s first ECOPact Zero project.
Daniel King, managing director of London Concrete, said: ‘Our ECOPact product range is engineered to reduce CO2 by up to 70%, and with the added option to upgrade to a fully neutral product through offsetting the residual CO2, it was the ideal solution for Berkeley’s The Eight Gardens development.
‘Berkeley have a target of 40% embodied carbon reduction by 2030 as part of their ‘Our Vision 2030’ strategy, so ECOPact Zero goes a long way in supporting them with their sustainability goals.’