Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer, is working with town bosses and Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd in Kendal, Cumbria to install ground-breaking Noxer blocks onto the streets of Highgate, technology which is proven to reduce air pollution.
The Noxer paving is being installed this May as part of Kendal Regeneration Partnership’s £345,000 revamp plans for the street, which also includes new street lighting and seating.
As our cities expand and traffic congestion intensifies, there is an ever increasing need to ensure that we all do everything we can to improve the air that we breathe. Air pollution is a well recognised issue facing our towns and cities today. A wide range of potential solutions exist to help manage this problem, including the improvement of cycle ways, tree planting, improving public transport systems, and greener car technology.
David Morrell, Head of Sustainability at Marshalls, said: “Marshalls Noxer Paving, is another tool available for local authorities to use to help to alleviate some of these problems.
“Through a research project carried out in Italy, it was found that by adding Titanium Dioxide to concrete a photocatalytic reaction occurs that neutralises the harmful effects of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and helps to clean the air. Nitrogen Oxides are created through the combustion of petrol and diesel in engines and are linked to respiratory problems. The benefits of this technology are now being used within landscaping products by Marshalls to help improve well being within our towns and cities.”
David concludes: “We’re extremely happy to be working in partnership with Kendal Council to help improve the well being of residents and visitors to Highgate and to also help Marshalls broaden our UK experience of this technology.”