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Leading Galvanizing firm demonstrates eco-footprint with latest project

30 July 2013

The UK’s largest hot dip galvanizing firm has played a key role in the construction of Britain’s first eco-village which is set to become one of the preliminary zero carbon communities in the country.

Wedge Group Galvanizing has partnered with Bristol-based Long Engineering to provide its hot dip galvanizing treatment to 30 tonnes of structural steel used in the construction of 185 homes as part of an innovative eco-development in south Gloucestershire.

The project saw the firm’s Newport-based plant galvanize steel used for the balconies, balustrades, external staircases, and walkways of homes at the Hanham Hall development, which is being overseen by Barratt Homes. The village will see a number of innovative systems installed including a rainwater harvesting facility, waste recycling provisions, low energy lighting, as well as an orchard together with communal greenhouses and allotments.

Jeremy Woolridge, Chairman of Wedge Group Galvanizing, said: “We are delighted to have assisted Long Engineering on this award-winning, technically challenging project, which is set to be one of the most important developments of energy efficient homes in the UK. The project includes a number of innovative eco-friendly systems, including the rainwater harvesting facility, a system we have introduced as a firm ourselves across a number of our plants.”

Lance Harris, Managing Director of Long Engineering Ltd, explained: “This is the single biggest architectural project we have taken on and it’s fantastic to see all the hard work paying off. We have worked with Newport Galvanizers before so knew the plant provided a quality service and the steel had to be as smooth as possible and dipped in one operation. Due to its anti-corrosive properties, galvanizing was the ideal coating for this particular project and ensures the longevity of the houses for years to come.”

Wedge Group Galvanizing is the largest hot dip galvanizing organisation in the UK with a history dating back over 150 years.  With 14 plants strategically placed across the country, the firm offers a truly national galvanizing service. 

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