Hanson Formpave Secures Multi Million Pound Deal in Partnership with WT Burden Middle East in World’s Largest Permeable Paving Contract - Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai

Coleford, Gloucestershire - 3rd March 2009 - Hanson Formpave, in partnership with WT Burden Middle East, has announced its biggest project win to date with a multi million pound deal to design, manufacture and supply its industry-leading permeable paving for a new, prestigious golfing estate in Dubai. This is believed to be the largest permeable paving contract in the world and secures Hanson Formpave’s reputation as a market-leading supplier of sustainable paving solutions both nationally and internationally.

The client, Jumeirah Golf Estates, has specified Hanson Formpave’s total Aquaflow™ system and all its component parts including the unique Formpave Inbitex™ geotextile and Formpave SC Integrid™ that make up the advanced SUDS solution. A staggering 250,0002 meters of Hanson Formpave’s Aquasett blocks are required for this project and is being produced locally in Sharjah under a manufacturing partnership. Implementation is scheduled to start next month. Working closely with the project manager, engineering consultant, client and contractors, Hanson Formpave takes the lead with its specialist team to manage the project between all parties in the supply chain to ensure that block production meets the company’s strict standards and excellent quality.

The hugely anticipated Jumeirah Golf Estates comprises a luxury housing and four Championship Golf courses based on a Fire, Earth, Wind and Water theme. Course designers include Greg Norman, Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia and the father of modern golf course design, Pete Dye. The Earth course designed by Greg Norman is set to host the richest tournament in golf this November 19th - 22nd with the Dubai World Championship at the climax of The Race to Dubai.

Hanson Formpave’s permeable paving will be installed in driveways of the houses, all the pathways and car parks across the complex as well as the residential roads. The permeable paving system is an ideal solution for this application as it is very low maintenance and provides efficient flood prevention on the roadways across the complex. Traditional drainage was not an option due to the large quantities of sand and dust around the site that would have caused persistent blocking in conventional drainage systems.

“We are extremely delighted to have won this contract and to be associated with this prestigious project; it is a very exciting time for us,” said Steve Spikes, development director at Hanson Formpave. “This is a real achievement and testament to the hard work and efforts from our sales, design and production team. This installation in Dubai reflects the proven performance, versatility and durability of our permeable paving and SUDS solution.”

Other stakeholders involved in this project include civil engineering and building materials supplier WT Burden Middle East; project manager and engineering consultant Mott MacDonald; road contractors Ascon; and the client Jumeirah Golf Estates.

About WT Burden WT Burdens Limited are the UK's leading supplier of civil engineering and building materials to the infrastructure, environmental and industrial markets. Burdens product range spans more than 18,000 lines, from gas and water pipelines to environmental-management systems such as rainwater harvesting. Burdens provide service and support from a national network of over 50 specialist distribution depots covering the UK and Ireland. This national distribution infrastructure provides a firm foundation from which Burdens deliver quality service and customer support.

About Hanson Formpave Hanson Formpave manufactures a wide range of standard and specialist concrete block pavers, permeable pavers, kerb systems and ancillaries. Located in Coleford, Gloucestershire, Hanson Formpave’s works is one of the most sophisticated of its type in Europe. Hanson Formpave has BS EN ISO 9001: 2000 Quality Assurance accreditation and is a BSI registered company. Total flexibility and the ability to produce bespoke colours and surface textures makes Hanson Formpave the ideal paving partner - for all concrete block paving applications, from car parks, industrial estates, retail centres, to pedestrian areas, domestic drives, garage forecourts and other heavy duty applications. For more information visit www.formpave.co.uk.

Hanson is one of the world's largest suppliers of heavy building materials to the construction industry. Hanson produce aggregates (crushed rock, sand and gravel), ready-mixed and precast concrete, asphalt and cement-related materials and a range of building products including concrete pipes, concrete pavers, tiles and clay bricks. Hanson is part of the HeidelbergCement Group, which employs 70,000 people across five continents and has leading positions in concrete and heavy building products and is the global leader in aggregates. Hanson Building Products is the UK’s largest brick and aircrete block producer and the company also produce aggregate blocks, bagged aggregate and cement products, renders, pavers, pre cast floors and stairs, SUD systems and prefabricated building systems. The division incorporates London Brick, Thermalite, Red Bank, Cradley, Formpave and Structherm.

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