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Capital Concrete Debuts Low-Carbon Concrete For London Development

Capital Concrete has partnered with construction engineering specialist Keltbray to supply London’s first anchor pile using Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC®) at Landsec’s landmark Nova East development in London’s Victoria. The Nova East Development near Victoria Station in will house new offices, shops and homes and is a part of the redevelopment planned for the whole area.

The 25 metre deep, 900mm diameter anchor pile using the zero-cement, geopolymer concrete made by Australian materials firm Wagners. This innovative product typically offers a 50% saving in embodied carbon compared to standard concrete piling mixes and so helps to reduce the carbon footprint associated with concrete use in construction projects. The product was also supplied in conventional mixer truck from Capital Concrete’s Silvertown plant which gets most of its raw materials by river, further reducing carbon footprint.


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Keltbray Piling’s Managing Director, Stuart Norman, said: “This is a significant milestone for the business, and we’re pleased with the progress we’ve made on the project. This continues our efforts and commitment to sustainability, and embodies our ethos as a business of helping to drive innovation in engineering.”

Supplying this product for Keltbray to the highest level of quality control was achieved thanks to Capital Concrete’s new, state-of-the-art, high-output, wet-batch concrete plant at Silvertown. To achieve the perfect specification, the company’s technical team also worked closely with concrete technology specialists AMCRETE UK who are working on the standardisation of low carbon cements.

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Capital Concrete’s Managing Director, Luke Smith, said: “We’ve seen interest in ultra-low-carbon concrete pick up recently, interest which is clearly linked to the growing importance of environmental considerations in building design. We have a strong track record in developing cutting-edge solutions and niche products and the development of ‘Earth Friendly Concrete’ represented an opportunity to do both simultaneously. We’re very pleased that they were satisfied with the result.”

Wagners Technical Manager, John Day, said: “This project is another great example of the progress we have made with our technology, it is extremely rewarding to be here in Central London batching Wagners EFC® for customers that realise the benefit our product has to offer.

“It’s impressive to see businesses such as Keltbray and Capital Concrete with the foresight to innovate and reduce carbon emissions and we’re glad Wagners EFC® is part of that journey.”

Wagners EFC® geopolymer concrete has now been successfully used in a number of key development projects around the world. Keltbray is undertaking the trial of the EFC® concrete mix as part of its Innovate UK funded HIPER pile project.

For more information regarding Earth Friendly Concrete supply please call our Capital Concrete team on 020 3974 0520 or email