Newport Galvanizers has played a key role in the construction of Britain’s first eco-village which is set to become one of the preliminary zero carbon communities in the country.
The firm has partnered with Bristol-based Long Engineering to provide its hot dip galvanizing treatment to 30 tonnes of structural steel used in the construction of 185 homes as part of an innovative eco-development in south Gloucestershire.
The project saw the plant galvanize steel used for the balconies, balustrades, external staircases, and walkways of homes at the Hanham Hall development, which is being overseen by Barratt Homes. The village will see a number of innovative systems installed including a rainwater harvesting facility, waste recycling provisions, low energy lighting, as well as an orchard together with communal greenhouses and allotments.Mike Small, Commercial Manager at Newport Galvanizers, said: “We are delighted to have assisted Long Engineering on this award winning, technically challenging project, which is set to be one of the most important developments of energy efficient homes in the UK. The project includes a number of innovative eco-friendly systems, including the rainwater harvesting facility, a system we have introduced ourselves across a number of our plants.”
Lance Harris, Managing Director of Long Engineering Ltd, explained: “This is the single biggest architectural project we have taken on and it’s fantastic to see all the hard work paying off. We have worked with Newport Galvanizers before so knew the plant provided a quality service and the steel had to be as smooth as possible and dipped in one operation. Due to its anti-corrosive properties, galvanizing was the ideal coating for this particular project and ensures the longevity of the houses for years to come.”