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Ultra low-carbon concrete used on Rotherham canal barrier scheme

Jackson Civil Engineering is using ultra low-carbon concrete during the construction of a multimillion pound canal barrier at Forge Island in the centre of Rotherham.

The works, on behalf of Rotherham Borough Council, form the central part of the Rotherham to Kilnhurst Flood Alleviation Scheme that the Council is already delivering along 5km of the River Don.

The ultra low-carbon concrete is being provided by Jackson’s supply chain partner Breedon Concrete and will be used on non-structural areas of the build, such as for abutment supports and extensions to the tow path. A total of 180m³ ultra low-carbon concrete will be used, bringing up to a 70% reduction in embedded carbon compared with traditional concrete.

Jackson’s project manager on the scheme Darren Blank said: “We have been encouraged by Rotherham Council to innovate on this scheme and where we can, we have looked to reduce our carbon footprint. “With the climate crisis prominent in everyone’s mind, it’s crucial that we work towards introducing materials that use less carbon.”

The new canal barrier will help reduce the risk of the River Don overtopping into the canal and flooding Rotherham town centre and the central railway station. The scheme also includes high-quality landscaping and new amphitheatre seating overlooking the lock.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Cllr Dominic Beck, said: “We are committed to preventing a repeat of the flooding we’ve seen in recent years and the installation of the canal barrier will help protect our vital town centre business and Central Train Station.”