Peel Ports is on the road to greener infrastructure with a road resurfacing project at The Port of Liverpool

03 March 2021

Peel Ports is on the road to greener infrastructure with a road resurfacing project at The Port of Liverpool, using a sustainable alternative to conventional asphalts.

Surfacing and resurfacing roads can be traditionally viewed as an environmentally-unfriendly process, including the extraction of materials from the ground, through to energy-intensive production stages, finally transportation and disposal. 

The Port of Liverpool, recently partnered with local business Huyton Asphalt on a resurfacing project to resurface a number of locations across the port estate, using materials that are significantly more environmentally friendly compared to traditional resurfacing materials.

Huyton Asphalt installed its sustainable product called HALO, a reduced carbon base and binder containing up to 30% reclaimed asphalt paving from other resurfacing projects and uses a WMA technology which has significant carbon-saving benefits over material normally used in resurfacing projects.

The project led by Jack Comer, Project Manager, aimed to minimise disruption to port operations whilst road repairs were made to the Cargill and Maritime Junctions at The Port of Liverpool. Both junctions were badly worn away and had irregular deformation from the constant wagon movements in the port.

Using HALO as the road resurfacing material has saved a claimed 5 tonnes of carbon which is a positive step in the right direction as Peel Ports consider their pathway towards a lower-carbon future across the business.

Alex Pepper, Group Head of Energy and Environment at Peel Ports Group said:

“The use of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement in the recent Port of Liverpool resurfacing project has shown that an alternative to conventional asphalt can meet and possibly exceed the quality standard that Peel Ports requires for surfacing roads. Dig beneath the surface though and there is a wider success story to come from this project. The Group Projects team have shown that reducing environmental damage through use of recycled materials and innovative production technology can come without compromise to a developer; both financially and in terms of end result.

This take-away message has sparked discussion on how we can use the proactive view on sustainability from this project to further embed environmental principles into not only a wider range of projects, but also into other areas of the business and down our supply chain as a whole.”