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Austrian company DELTA BLOC UK wins British Precast Innovation Award

3. July 2012

Austrian company, DELTA BLOC UK, have been awarded British Precast’s Innovation award for 2012 for their Precast Concrete Road Safety Barrier project on the M4 in South Wales between Christchurch Overbridge and the Brynglas Tunnel.

Breaking the long standing market stranglehold held by cast in-situ Concrete Step Barrier, DELTA BLOC UK have provided an innovative, cost-effective and most importantly incredibly safe barrier solution for vehicle restraint.
Rigorous tests were carried out on the barrier in accordance with European Standard EN 1317 demonstrating that it is proven to prevent vehicle cross-over incidents, DELTA BLOC UK’s system can help prevent accidents that are responsible for over 30 fatalities a year on UK roads.

The ~3km length of precast barrier was put in place to repair existing degrading steel barriers at a rate far faster than possible when using equivalent cast in-situ concrete.

Drainage and movement issues were easily dealt with and the installation was completely unhindered by adverse weather conditions due to the ideal off-site nature of precast concrete.

The judges commented “this initial 3km scheme to install precast concrete safety barriers was a real life-saver, and an excellent new version of an established concrete solution. The embedded precast units were fast and easy to install, with a good quality finish, but most importantly the DELTABLOC® barriers specified will provide the additional safety levels now required to meet current road restraint system requirements to successfully prevent cross-over accidents in the central reserve. This is a most important innovation for all road users.”

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