Since 1955 in excess of 500 million tonnes of marine aggregate have been used in the manufacture of Concrete products in the UK.

There is therefore a well-established history of the successful use of marine aggregates in structural concrete deployed in demanding and prestigious projects.

Within this section you can find case histories of some of the more important projects where concrete made with marine aggregate have been used in a wide ranging number of applications.


All case studies (22):


Bexhill to Hastings Link Road

case study bexhillThe Bexhill to Hastings Link Road is aimed at regenerating the most deprived area in the south east. The road will open up access to land for housing, business development, and employment opportunities. The road is expected to significantly reduce traffic and improve air






Bluewater Park

case study bluewaterBluewater Park is Europe's largest and most innovative retail and leisure destination. Opened on March 16,1999, It has changed the face of retailing in the UK and become a benchmark for British retailing. It has won a multitude of international awards including a Millennium Product mark. Marine coarse and fine aggregate was used extensively in both structural and visual concretedownload







Brighton & Hove Waste Water Treatment Works

case study brightonBrighton & Hove Waste Water Treatment Works is Southern Water’s £300million scheme to bring cleaner seas to Sussex. This scheme, which includes a major new waste water treatment works and 11 kilometres of new sewer tunnel, will treat the 95 million litres of waste water generated each day by coastal residents.







Brighton i360

case study i360At 162 metres high, and with an observation pod rising to 138 metres, the Brighton i360 will be Britain's highest observation tower outside London.







Brighton Marina Development

case study marinaA £250 million development project has commenced in the south west corner of Brighton Marina. Plans include 853 flats, almost 2,000m² of shops and leisure space, a replacement yacht club and RNLI






Canary Wharf tube station

case study canary wharfCanary Wharf tube station is a London Underground station on the Jubilee Line, between Canada Water and North Greenwich. It was opened by Ken Livingstone setting an escalator in motion on 17 September 1999 as part of the Jubilee Line Extension. It is maintained by Tube Lines. Over 40 million people pass through the station each year, making it the busiest station on the London Underground outside Central








Central St. Martin’s

case study martinsFollowing an original competition-winning scheme for a new building for Central St. Martin’s, part of the University of the Arts London, a master plan and design was developed for a new 32,000 m² campus for 5,000 students. The design combines the 19th century Grade II listed Granary building and transit sheds – with a 200 metre long new building that uses industrial materials and creates robust spaces for the students, full of natural light.






Channel Tunnel Terminal

case study tunnelWork on the English Channel Tunnel Terminal at Folkestone started back in 1988. A large land-fill operation was required in order for the terminal to be constructed. On leaving the terminal, the track travels 8km south to the English tunnel portal at Cheriton in Kent. The terminal site was completed in early 1993 and includes passenger and freight handling facilities, British and French frontier controls, staff headquarters and a control







case study crossrailCrossrail is Europe’s largest construction project. Stretching from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the West, across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East, the new railway line will cover over 100km of track including 21km of new twin-bore rail tunnels and nine new stations. Up to 24 trains per hour will operate in the central section between Paddington and Whitechapel during peak periods, with each train able to carry 1,500 passengers. An estimated 200 million people will travel on Crossrail each year.







The Darwin Centre

case study darwinSituated in The Natural History Museum, the Darwin Centre includes a Cocoon building, opended to the public in 2009. The Darwin Centre is a state-of-the-art science and collections facility.Within the Cocoon are hundreds of specimens, interactive activities and the opportunity to observe scientists at work naming, analysing and preserving species.







Deephams Sewage Treatment Works

case study sewageConcrete Society award winner, Civil Engineering category 2012. The £35 million upgrade undertaken by Thames Water Utilities consists of a dedicated new pumping station, inlet works and storm tanks. The Deephams Sewage Treatment Works is an excellent example of concrete's







London Aquatics Centre

case study aquaticsThe London Aquatics Centre is an indoor facility with two 50-metre (160- foot) swimming pools and a 25-metre (82-foot) diving pool in the Olympic Park at Stratford, London. It was one of the main venues of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics. The centre was used for the swimming, diving and synchronised swimming events. After significant modification the centre is due to open to the public in 2014.






The Mint Hotel

case study mint hotelThe Mint Hotel Tower of London, designed by Bennetts Associates, is located on a tight island site bound by Fenchurch Street Station to the north and conservation areas to the south and west. The 583-bedroom hotel takes the form of a broad courtyard with the facades following the medieval street edges of the adjoining area. A vaulted glass roof marks the division between the public areas and the bedroom floors.







Newhaven ERF Energy Recycling Facility

case study newhavenThe Energy Recycling Facility (ERF) situated at North Quay, Newhaven treats household waste that is not reused, composted or recycled to generate electricity, with the capacity to handle 210,000 tonnes of waste per year.







Number 1 Court, Wimbledon

case study wimbledonOpened in 1997, Number 1 Court is used for the Wimbledon Championships and is sometimes chosen for Great Britain Davis Cup home ties, the primary Centre Court being preserved solely for the Grand Slam tennis tournament (and the 2012 Olympic Games). With a spectator capacity of 11,430 it replaced the former No. 1 Court which had stood at the west side of Centre Court since 1928 with a spectator capacity of 7,







Olympic Stadium, London

case study olympicThe Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London, England was the centrepiece of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the last stop in the 2012 Olympics torch relay, and the venue of the athletic events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. It was the central venue of the 2012 Summer







Second Severn Crossing

case study severnThe Second Severn Crossing provides the main road link between England and Wales, and carries more than 60,000 vehicles a day. Halcrow, in partnership with French consultant SEEE, designed the new crossing on behalf of Laing-GTM that won a £330 million contract to design and build the







The Shard

case study shardAt 1,016 feet and the tallest building in Europe, the Shard provides 900,000 square feet comprising office space, hotel, residential apartments, restaurants and viewing galleries with unparalleled views of south east England. Located in a busy part of London, the constrained site is in close proximity to London Bridge Station, a hospital, and a fully operational bus station.







Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station

case study sizewellSizewell B is the UK's only commercial pressurised water reactor (PWR) power station, with a single reactor. It was built and commissioned between 1987 and 1995, and first synchronised with the national grid on 14 Feb 1995. The main civil engineering contractor was John Laing plc. The power station is operated by EDF Energy. EDF's strategic target is for 20 year life extension for Sizewell B PWR, beyond the current accounting closure date of







Spinnaker Tower

case study spinnakerSpinnaker Tower is a 170-metre (560 ft) landmark tower in Portsmouth, England. It is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour, which was supported by a National Lottery grant. The tower, designed by local firm HGP Architects and the engineering consultants Scott Wilson and built by Mowlem, reflects Portsmouth's maritime history by its being modelled after a sail. It was opened on 18 October







Thames Barrier

case study shardThe Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world.The barrier spans 520 metres across the River Thames near Woolwich, and it protects 125 square kilometres of central London from flooding caused by tidal surges.







Thames Barrier Park

case study shardThe Thames Barrier Park is a 14-hectare (34.6-acre) park in London's docklands, named after its location on the north side of the River Thames next to the Thames Barrier. It is intended to aid the regeneration of the area by creating an attractive public space alongside residential and commercial developments