sustainable construction

Enable customers to use innovative solutions to create a sustainable built environment
2020 milestone
Provide industry leading guidance and solutions that optimise whole life performance

“The collaborative nature of our winning entries makes it clear that working together to achieve better outcomes for our clients is crucial. Our congratulations and thanks go to our partners who share our values of developing the best innovations from across the supply chain to benefit the nation’s road infrastructure.”

Paul Fleetham, managing director of Tarmac’s Contracting business

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 Logistics Capabilities

Dual planer / mortar truck
Real Time Construction
Electronic proof of delivery (ePOD)
Award Winning Solutions
TopFlow / Ultipatch Sitemix
Our approach to solutions

To help customers create a more sustainable built environment we focus our approach across four areas: In built, In construction, In use and In support.

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 content 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.

Whole Life and Carbon

The carbon debate is often focused on capital or embodied carbon measurements that incorporate carbon emitted during materials production and construction. This overlooks the bigger picture. Crucially, embodied carbon measurements fail to consider performance over an assets lifecycle, risking sub-optimal design and specification, as well as higher running or maintenance costs.

To meet the government's construction sector deal target of 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, working together with our Clients and Customers to adopt a whole-life approach to carbon is vital.

Put simply, whole-life analysis measures anticipated carbon impacts over the lifetime of an asset. This includes extraction of raw materials, product miles and construction, through to maintenance, repair, reuse and recyclability following demolition. Both RIBA & RICS acknowledged the importance of whole-life specification, issuing guidance for members that became mandatory in 2018.

We’re working continuously to enable sustainable construction through the new solutions including technology and product development. Collaboration and early engagement is key to this. We teamed up with the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) to host an event, entitled ‘Delivering Sustainable Infrastructure: the role of resilient supply chains.’

Circular Infrastructure

We believe that finite natural resources must be used efficiently and are actively promoting the transition to a circular economy by designing out waste, reusing and recovering materials wherever possible. We have become a net user of waste, using many times more than we produce. On the M23 upgrade our responsible contracting led to more than 95 per cent of the materials being recycled. Our activities can make a real difference in addressing the sustainability challenges that increased urbanisation brings.

Digital Construction

We’ve enhanced its logistics capabilities for customers by rolling out Electronic Point of Delivery (EPOD) software, an innovative new digital delivery tracking system, across our 1,800-strong vehicle fleet, which will deliver improved efficiency and customer service.

Read case study - Tarmac builds customer experience with innovation in digital delivery tracking.

We’ve also implemented OneCard, a cloud-based smartcard system, which records data on each Driver’s training history, as well as key qualifications such as The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), making the process of site safety checks much quicker and providing reassurance to our customers that our drivers are fully trained and competent.

Read case study - Tarmac OneCard

In 2018, we became the first company in the UK to adopt a cutting-edge planning and real-time software technology to optimise road construction logistics and productivity. The BPO Asphalt software allows our Contracting team to plan highways projects in meticulous detail well ahead of work starting on site.

First-Class Collaboration

Collaboration is key to creating opportunities to develop sustainable solutions. For example, we worked closely with the principal contractor and other subcontractors on the redevelopment of Waterloo Station in London, which called for expert product design, exacting quality and visual standards and innovative installation of materials in confined time periods at the UK’s busiest railway station.

Read case study - First-class development at Waterloo station

We were recognised several times in the national Highways Awards 2018. Our industry collaboration as part of the  Category Management Pavement community, was recognised for its working practices in efficiency and minimising disruption winning the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Award and scooped the Judges Special Merit Award.

Innovative Construction Solutions

In 2018, working in partnership with Amey, RSL Fabrications and ND Brown, Tarmac launched a site-mixed asphalt innovation, ULTIPATCH SITEMIX, which won Product of the Year at the 2018 Highways Awards. The low-volume asphalt heating technology can be mixed on site, making it suitable for busy urban locations or remote areas.

Watch - Ultipatch Sitemix film

Local road maintenance and potholes are an issue of concern to the public, local authorities and politicians due to the negative consequences for the safety of road users and impact on the local economy. Tarmac promotes a new approach including long term budget certainty, use of asset management and digital tools to enable a planned maintenance approach and selection of the optimum materials based on whole life costing. Where pothole repairs are needed we have developed asphalt technology, like ULTIGRIP, a new skid-resistant asphalt, which reduces waste and delivers improved road safety, while unlocking whole-life cost savings.

Read case study - Getting a grip on high-friction asphalt

In 2018 a collaborative innovation project hailed as a “game-changer” for the housing sector and involving some of Britain’s biggest housebuilders was launched. The £6.5 million research and development project is known as Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH), and aims to help tackle the UK housing crisis.

The three-year project involves Tarmac, Stewart Milne Group, Barratt Developments, London & Quadrant Housing Trust, the Manufacturing Technology Centre, the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, and Forster Roong Services as the small and medium-sized enterprise partner. The project intends to address challenges in attaining the additional 120,000 homes estimated to be needed each year in the UK. The scheme aims to become a “major player” in the housing sector, delivering the annual target for the same or lower cost than traditional craft methods, 30 percent more quickly and with a 50 per cent reduction in defects.

Our  highly fluid Top flow 60 solution has helped bring the urban environment to life with the construction of Patrick McEvoy’s winning design depicting a sausage dog, which was recently erected in Jubilee Gardens in Houndsditch.