Hardstaff Barriers Announces Launch of REBLOC Low Carbon Concrete Barrier As Sustainability and Decarbonisation Continues to Drive Product Innovation 

Hardstaff Barriers – part of Hill and Smith Infrastructure – has this month announced the launch of a low carbon precast concrete barrier, the REBLOC RB80XA H1 as part of the company’s commitment to meeting net zero across its operations by 2040. 

The REBLOC RB80XA H1 Barrier – which will be showcased for the first time at this month’s Highways UK Event – brings to the market a low carbon concrete barrier alternative which cuts CO² emissions by half compared to the standard product.  

Speaking about the product launch, Nigel Bullock, Head of Solutions at Hardstaff Barriers said: “As a business we are consistently exploring product innovations that ensure our manufacturing and installation systems are sustainable and drive our decarbonisation target.

“The REBLOC RB80XA H1 has transformed our precast offering with a rigid concrete barrier which significantly minimises carbon impact. Combine this with a product which has been designed to achieve minimal civils work and managed construction risk – meaning decreased site time, reduced site traffic and shorter construction programmes – and we are delivering a real positive contribution to the sector’s overall carbon impact.”

The REBLOC RB80XA H1 requires 50% less steel and 20% less concrete compared to the original model and – by using a low carbon concrete mix in its production – further reduces CO² emissions by 33%. The barrier has been crash tested to meet EN1317 standards and, on production of 1,000 metres, offers a 5,250kg reduction in steel and requires 40mᶟ less concrete. It is the new benchmark   precast concrete barrier supporting lean construction programmes in the market.

Hill and Smith Infrastructure is part of Hill and Smith PLC and is a manufacturer and supplier of vehicle restraint systems.  Hill and Smith Infrastructure comprises four companies: Hardstaff Barriers, Asset VRS, Hill and Smith Barriers and Varley & Gulliver Parapets.