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Charcon provides kerb appeal for Derby transformation project


Charcon Hard Landscaping, a division of Aggregate Industries, has been awarded the contract to supply sustainable products to the ongoing redevelopment of Derby City Centre.


Derby City Council has started the first phase of its Mobility Programme to deliver better transport choices for the city.


The work will see the areas between The Spot, St Peter’s Street, Babington Lane and Gower Street transformed by improving access for cyclists and pedestrians, seeing pavements widened and resurfaced, and stepped cycleways created.


Following Charcon’s technical presentation of their products and support in the design and detailing of the kerbs, the council chose Charcon’s bespoke Black Basalt Kerb, Eco CSK

Kerb and Eco CSK cycle kerbs. These will be used to form kerb lines, cycle tracks and channels alongside a vehicle lane and new disabled parking bays.


The product replicates the look of natural granite and contains up to 65 per cent recycled or reclaimed materials. It replicates the look of natural granite but with a third less in terms of carbon footprint.


It will be manufactured at the Aggregate Industries Hulland Ward site near Ashbourne, Derbyshire meaning less transport costs and overall emissions.


Jamie Baldwin, General Manager of Charcon Hard Landscaping, said: “We’re really proud to have been chosen to supply Charcon products to this important project in Derby.


“The Eco CSK Kerb is fantastic in terms of its overall look and finish as well as environmental considerations, which we know is a key decision factor for customers.


“We have supplied similar schemes on a national basis, but the Black Basalt kerb is a first and very much bespoke to the project so huge thanks must go to our technical, production and commercial teams.


“Sustainability is very important to us as a company and integral to what we do. The product is made up of a high degree of recycled or reclaimed content and with it being made in Hulland Ward, just 10 miles from Derby, it means a much lower carbon footprint for the project.”


Cllr Steve Hassall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Decarbonisation, Strategic Planning & Transport at Derby City Council, said: “These works represent just part of our on-going commitment to not only provide an improved travel experience in the city centre, but also to improve the overall look, feel and standard of our city centre streets to a level that residents rightly expect.

“This project is not the final word in delivering better transport for the city, and we’re looking forward to delivering further improvements going forward.”


Work to redevelop the key city centre area has already got underway and the project is due to be completed by mid-June.


The works are part of Nottingham and Derby’s Transforming Cities programme, funded by the Department of Transport.


Both authorities secured £161 million from the Department for Transport to invest in local transport infrastructure that will improve sustainable transport, support growth, and encourage more low carbon journeys.

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