sustainable construction

Enable customers to use innovative solutions to create a sustainable built environment
Provide industry leading guidance and solutions that optimise whole life performance

"It has been exciting to be a part of another major build within the capital that will redefine the city skyline for generations to come."

Steve Hyde, Business Manager, Tarmac

We support our customers to help them meet the challenge of creating a more sustainable built environment.
We do this by encouraging early supplier engagement in projects so that we can help customers and clients develop and select the best products, services and solutions for their project. Our development of new solutions and provision of sustainable construction information allows them to create more efficient buildings and infrastructure, and by doing this we also help to deliver our own targets on sustainability across our value chain.


New Technology
3D Modelling for Minerals
New Support Service Launched
Asset Management
Low Carbon Construction
Continuing to provide whole life carbon solutions for our customers
Our approach to solutions

To help customers create a more sustainable built environment we focus our approach across four areas:

In built

Continuously improving the sustainability performance of our business and of our products is a key element of sustainable construction. This is done by ensuring our raw materials are responsibly sourced, protecting the environment and enhancing biodiversity through excellent site stewardship, reducing carbon, water and waste, increasing recycled contents and improving transport efficiency.

In construction

The way in which our solutions perform can make a significant contribution to improving the sustainability of the construction process, whether it’s being safer, faster, more flexible or reducing waste. We continue to research and deliver new innovative products to assist our customer’s projects.

In use

How our products perform once they have been installed is a crucial part of their life cycle, and can have a profound impact on the sustainability of an asset. For example, our solutions can improve sustainability during the in-use phase of an asset by enhancing durability, reducing maintenance, and delivering energy and carbon savings. Designing them so that they can be efficiently re-used at the end of their current life can also contribute towards a circular economy.

In support

The information, services and tools we provide are of significant benefit to customers when it comes to designing and building more sustainably, especially when engaged early in advance of a project commencing.

New Build Construction

We recognise that customers that take a long-term view of the benefits of sustainable solutions for value creation will achieve the greatest success. Our role is to provide the construction and building materials and technical support, such as our involvement in One Blackfriars tower that will help our customers deliver a more sustainable built environment.

Green infrastructure

From healthy, energy-efficient buildings to greener infrastructure, such as our work on the Blyth offshore project, our products can make a real difference in addressing the sustainability challenges that increased urbanisation brings.

Early Engagement

Early engagement and collaboration is key to creating opportunities to develop sustainable solutions. We worked closely with the principal contractor and other subcontractors in the Ordsall Accord in Manchester to make sure that we understood their bespoke requirements and were able to recommend a range of concrete solutions to complete key time-critical aspects of the project more quickly, helping to reduce the overall programme time and saved labour, while minimising disruption to the rail network.

Digital Construction

The development of the digital construction environment is only the start of fundamental change within our industry. This change provides the opportunity develop our understanding of whole life performance in the built environment and use it to inform and develop future solutions, making increased technology integral to our ability to deliver sustainable built assets, for example our BIM objects enable Tarmac to provide robust and accurate information in a quick, consistent and collaborative manner, that can inform design decisions like never before. As a business we are exploring how we can provide solutions that can facilitate the delivery of a sustainable built environment, not just at product level but in construction and in use.
3D Modelling for Minerals

Colleagues at Dunbar are looking to the future, thanks to the creation of a new 3D model. The Geology department used the concept of popular video game Minecraft to build the model using blocks. Each block has its content of chemical elements mathematically estimated, including iron, sulphur and magnesium. By creating the model the Geology team has been able to more accurately predict the quality of limestone being quarried and supplied to customers.

Asset Management

As a contractor we are well placed to offer asset management services. Tarmac implement and manage the approach and as experts in asphalt technology, we are uniquely placed to recommend solutions to drive cost efficiency and durable performance. Most importantly as the first end to end, and integrated asset management solution, we offer a true collaborative approach to managing the UK’s highways network develop optimised works programmes and maintenance strategies that help to promote innovation, deliver better performance and improve customer satisfaction.

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New paving solutions

We have continued to enhance our range and have launched a new range of Ultipatch products that can be used for road repair and reinstatement, including Ultipatch pothole which enables permanent fast highway repairs, enables increased productivity and reduces disruption to road users, in all weather conditions. Designed specifically for small-scale repairs, the modern binder technology enables quick, effective repair of carriageways all year round. Faster completion times improve productivity and avoid disruption to road users.
Reducing CO2 in construction

Tarmac is continuing to develop innovative new ways to help reduce carbon. Our in-house planing company, National Road Planing (NRP), is the UK’s premier road planing contractor. Combining 30 years experience in the industry with the largest technologically advanced fleet, we have the flexibility and resources to provide specialist solutions to meet construction needs. The NRP business have been using European technology to introduce dual planing and dual paving technology. Research was completed in 2017 and the first ever trial in the UK is taking place 2018, laying over 15,000 tonnes of asphalt in one night shift. The advantages are clear, productivity is increased whilst the reduction in vehicle reversing is safer for our people. Durability of the new paving is increased due to the removal of seams between lanes of asphalt.

To deliver a resurfacing project on the M5, junctions 4a-6, Tarmac worked closely with the main contractor and Highways England to maximise night time working windows, improve efficiency and reduce overall costs which resulted in saving approximately 50,000 tonnes of virgin aggregates. This approach reduced planing costs by around 50 per cent and lowered carbon emissions substantially. It also improved site safety as fewer vehicle movements were involved over the course of the project.