Road surfacing and surface treatments company Kiely Bros says winning an award at the LCRIG Innovation Festival will speed up the implementation of a revolutionary surface solution across the UK.
Kiely GlassMark won the Qualifying Innovator award in the Surfacing category at the event in Newark last month, winning funding and the chance to trial the product with a local authority.
The surface solution is crafted from 100% recycled industrial and consumer-grade glass, available in various sizes similar to traditional aggregates.
The glass undergoes a secondary process that involves mixing, colouring, and drying, rendering it ready for application. With a comprehensive Pantone matching service, the coloured product can be effortlessly applied by hand or machine in various settings, including hard shoulders, cycle paths, parking/charging bays, and pedestrian crossings.
“With the UK’s local authorities declaring a climate emergency, Kiely GlassMark serves as a game-changing addition to the market, offering a genuinely eco-friendly alternative to conventional proprietary mined aggregate-based coloured surface materials,” commented director Lauren Kiely. “Its translucent properties provide a brighter, longer-lasting, and aesthetically superior finish, reducing the need for frequent remedial works, which is a significant advantage for organisations working within tight budgets.”
The Qualifying Innovator awards are linked with the LCRIG Innovation Fund, which has been established with the aim of encouraging innovation and to support innovators with finding a route to market.
“We’re very grateful to the support LCRIG are giving to innovators in the industry,” Ms Kiely concluded. “This is accelerating our ability to start introducing it to several local authorities across the UK, making roads safer for all road users.”
Delegates were asked to judge entries from Qualifying Innovators over the two days of the event. All scores were then collated at the end of the festival and the LCRIG Infrastructure Innovation Board reviewed the results, before making a final decision on the winning innovations.
Kerry Winstanley, Operations and Finance Director at LCRIG said: “The Qualifying Innovator awards are linked with the LCRIG Innovation Fund, which was established with the aim of encouraging innovation and to support innovators with finding a route to market. As as CIC, it is important for us to give back and this underpins everything we do. A proportion of all sponsorship and exhibitor sales goes to the LCRIG Innovation Fund. We are very proud to be able to support the highways sector by providing funding for innovation development and facilitating trials with local authorities looking to trial new products on their networks.
“The standard of entries received was high and we would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners – we are excited to see how the innovations progress. We would also like to thank everyone that took the time to submit entries and those that scored our Qualifying Innovators at the Innovation Festival.”
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