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Renewable energy

Renewable electricity generation outperformed fossil fuels for the first time in the UK in 2020, providing 43% of the country’s electricity, according to government figures.

So it is clear that this ‘green industrial revolution’ is creating a hugely important market – and one in which we can offer a number of key solutions, having already supported the development of the first UK nuclear power station to be built in over 20 years. 

Renewable energy

Outstanding service and products

As new renewable energy projects continue to gather momentum across the UK, all parties are looking for innovative ways to recoup time and money. We can assist in these developments by using our skills to improve site efficiencies.

We have many years of experience in providing civil engineering solutions and we work closely with our customers to understand the unique challenges they face.

We are constantly pushing ourselves to create new, innovative and long-lasting solutions to customer problems.

Wind turbine haul road

The UK aims to be net zero emissions by 2050 and 78% of the way by 2035.

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reduction available on the thickness of a compound or haul road

50%

MultiTrack supplied in the last 5 years

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Hinkley Point C haul road using Wrekin geosynthetics

Essential geogrid solutions

Our geogrid solutions can reduce the thickness of a haul road, compound or working platform, typically by 50%, resulting in substantially reduced construction costs and time.

They improve site health and safety, accelerate construction timescales and reduce the project’s overall environmental impact.

Early engagement means the geogrids can be manufactured to the exact width the contractor needs, suiting the site-specific requirements and creating an even more cost-effective grid.

At Wrekin, we offer two grades of geogrids. For permanent, adoptable roads, we tend to use our premium E’GRID range with a 100-year design life. However, we also offer SX Grid, which has the same impact in terms of thickness reduction but it's properties lend itself perfectly to temporary solutions such as compounds and haul roads.

Haul road expertise

We have a deep understanding of creating initial site compounds, working platforms and haul roads, which we know can have a huge impact on resources for contractors.

Many major infrastructure projects need well-constructed haul roads so that site traffic can operate safely and effectively and which need hard-standing areas for construction equipment, vehicles and site offices.

Haul roads are a practical and necessary cost, yet they are often overlooked and not considered as an area for future improvement. With our expertise in applying solutions that benefit contractors, that's where we can help. We can identify what is needed and provide solutions that are as cost and time-effective as possible.

Hinkley Point C haul road
Success stories

Value engineered haul road for Hinkley Point C

Our highly skilled geogrids team was asked to help with the construction of a 10km haul road that would support nuclear power station Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

When complete, the first such station to be created in the UK in two decades will provide low-carbon electricity for around six million homes across the South West.

The existing road network and infrastructure was deemed insufficient to cope with the demands of the building process. Construction traffic needed to drive directly into the sites where new pylons were being erected and underground cables installed.

For the installation, 100,000sq m of our products were used. SX 3030 was installed over a layer of its FasTrack 609 separation geotextile – both with a manufactured four-and-a-half metre width to suit the subgrade interface.  The substantial reduction in foundation thickness reduced cost and environmental impact while accelerating the construction process.

Sustainability

Building sustainability into everything we do

With the recently released IPCC report on climate change, there has never been a more critical time to be aware of our impact on the environment - and Geoworks and the wider civil engineering industry takes its responsibilities extremely seriously.

We are committed to working towards minimising the environmental impact of all our activities, from developing products that increase whole-of-life performance, to recycling and reducing waste and emissions wherever we can.

Working side by side

A supportive team

We have developed a strong reputation in the civil engineering sector thanks to our wealth of experience and ease of use. We offer the best technical expertise with exceptional customer support. Our team works with asset owners, developers, main contractors, ground workers and local authorities throughout a construction scheme’s lifecycle.

Design support

By utilising our design support services, you can maximise your savings and save yourself time. Our handy design support forms will speed up the specification process.

Design support forms

Product specification

We provide fully open and transparent product data to all, simply browse our product specification data online.

Product specification data

Savings calculators

Cost savings and materials calculators to help you form informed choices when designing and specifying Geoworks solutions.

Savings calculators

Training, advice and site meetings

Book yourself on to a CPD course to gain valuable insight into Geoworks product solutions. We're also always on hand to provide advice and willing to attend site meetings.

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Contact us

Whether you are looking for live project support or are in the initial stages of specification, we are always on hand and happy to help. Alternatively call us on 01543 440 480.

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