British Construction Industry Awards

On Wednesday 11 October our director Nick Hirschman attended the British Construction Industry Awards in London.  Link was part of the team, comprising Makers Construction and C-Probe Systems, involved in refurbishment of the Omni Centre car park in Edinburgh.

The car park opened in 2002 and comprises of 4 levels of reinforced concrete deck basement parking.  The structural integrity of the decks had been compromised as a result of the ingress of de-icing salts from traffic using the car park.  The design of the corrosion control works carried out by C-Probe System aimed to use a sustainable, low carbon approach to the long- term control of reinforcement corrosion within the car parking decks.  The ICCP system installed uses a low-carbon mortar and prevented the need for removal and replacement of significant parts of the reinforced concrete decks.

The project was awarded the “Environment & Sustainability Initiative of the Year”.  The team was up against some very big players within this category so it is a huge achievement for all involved to have received this award!

This initiative goes to the heart of sustainability in that the technology being deployed is extending the life of existing structures by considerable margins by addressing the problem of corrosion of steel reinforcement, allowing them to be reused or repurposed, rather than be demolished and replaced in line with PAS 2080 principles.
It is combatting corrosion in a low impact, scientifically guided way, using novel materials, as well as state of the art investigation and post installation monitoring tools.
It is maximizing the use of the embodied carbon in existing structures in an exemplary way.
The solution negates the need for more extensive repair and remediation and extends the life cycle of assets that would otherwise need expensive repairs or high carbon replacements.