Milbank delivers precast floors on 100% renewable fuel

Milbank Concrete Products has successfully completed the UK’s first-ever delivery and installation of precast concrete hollowcore floors using 100% renewable Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) second generation biofuel.

The installation of over 190m2 of hollowcore flooring and thre flights of precast stairs, on behalf of Tilia Homes located within their Sovereign Gate development in Thetford, marks the UK’s first-ever precast concrete installation using 100% HVO fuel throughout the entire process, from delivery to installation.

The delivery lorry (in partnership with Woodland Logistics), the mobile crane (in partnership with Cadman Cranes), and the site team installation van all ran on HVO fuel, a renewable fuel alternative to regular diesel.

This innovative approach reduces the project’s installation carbon emissions by over 90% and sets a new standard for environmentally responsible construction practices.

Ben Sharp, Tilia Home’s Senior Site Manager at the Sovereign Gate project, said: “Tilia Homes is committed to preventing environmental harm. This installation marks a pivotal moment within the construction industry, and we are delighted to be able to work with Milbank whose values align so closely with ours. This installation truly demonstrated the value of responsible construction and contributed towards an important reduction in our emissions at this project.”

Milbank Concrete Products has made significant investments at its manufacturing facility in Essex with an aim of lowering its scope 1 & 2 emissions, with solar panels powering 50% of factory operations, fully electric forklift trucks, and a carbon neutral wood pellet boiler to cure its concrete beds.

Since 2018, the business has successfully reduced its CO2 emissions by over 55%, with plans for net-zero by 2030, 20 years ahead of government targets.

Lee Cowen, Managing Director of Milbank Concrete Products, said: “Our aim is to be the most sustainable supplier of precast concrete products. While we have achieved significant milestones in recent years, our commitment to sustainability remains unwavering, and I am beyond proud to be part of such a passionate team that’s making all of this possible.

“We understand the impact our industry has on the environment and we’re leaving no stone unturned in making changes for the better. This is the first of many installations delivered and installed with 100% renewable biofuel, and I look forward to supporting new and existing customers with many more.”


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