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CEMEX introduce VIABASE engineered asphalt

VIABASE engineered asphalt concrete

New material meets challenges presented by heavy construction traffic on housing estate developments

CEMEX have introduced VIABASE, an engineered asphalt concrete specifically designed to meet the challenges faced by roads on housing estate developments, where the final surface course is only laid once all building work has been finished.

Whereas standard asphalt materials can run the risk of damage as they are exposed to the rigours of construction traffic, VIABASE uses carefully graded aggregate and a high binder content to ensure it is more able to resist the impact of these heavy vehicles.

Providing a smooth, dense surface finish, VIABASE is resistant to deformation and less prone to fretting and ravelling. Additionally, the product’s close surface texture allows for easier cleaning once construction has been completed, prior to the final application of surface course.

VIABASE will also help housing developments to meet the requirements detailed by the Government in its construction playbook, which calls on the industry to move towards sustainable high-performance solutions, with longevity at the core of decisions when specifying.

As well as roads on housing developments, VIABASE is also well suited to other areas that are used by heavy-duty vehicles, such as farm roads and tracks, large parking areas and industrial construction sites.

Carl Platt, CEMEX’s director of asphalt, paving, and building products for Europe, said: ‘The Government has been clear that house-building levels need to increase, with an aim for 300,000 new houses a year to be delivered. To meet this demand, our construction customers need quality, resilient products that offer solutions to specific issues that arise at these developments.

‘With VIABASE, we are pleased to offer a way to ensure the longevity of housing development roads, which standard materials struggle to provide if the surface course is not placed soon after.

‘VIABASE provides a highly durable, low-maintenance surface which will meet the challenges presented by heavy-duty vehicles and prevent long-term problems in the overall pavement construction.’

VIABASE is produced at all CEMEX asphalt plants across the UK and can be delivered or collected.

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