With a record number of skyscrapers under construction in the UK, Aggregate Industries is reminding contractors that innovative concrete solutions such as Lytag are proving increasingly essential to achieving world-class sustainable building design for high-rise structures.
According to the latest report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, more high-rise towers are being built in the UK in 2018 than in the previous ten years, with a record 510 tall towers at more than 20 storeys high, currently planned or under construction in London alone.
With this in mind, Aggregate Industries is advising the industry that using lightweight concrete solutions - often more cost effective and sustainable than standard options - has never been more crucial, particularly for meeting the complex design challenges of the UK’s most high-profile construction projects.
Barry Mellor, Lytag commercial manager, said:"Lightweight concrete solutions such as Lytag, a secondary aggregate up to 50% lighter than natural aggregate, can help developers to make the seemingly ‘impossible’ possible by enabling them to achieve remarkable architectural feats. Providing the same level of structural performance as standard weight aggregate used in concrete formulation, Lytag is ideal for reducing the number and size of columns in order to create bigger structures with greater spans, whilst at the same time being able to reduce the total load of their builds. Essentially, it reduces the volume of foundation needed by using less concrete and steel during the construction process.”