Glow-in-the-dark concrete used on first commercial scheme

A glow in the dark paving system that absorbs ultraviolet rays during the day and radiates light at night has been used for the first time on a major commercial development in Derbyshire.

Tarmac worked with developer Blue Deer Ltd and main contractor Cara Construction to install its decorative Toptint Glow concrete on the main walkways and first-floor balconies around its new Glass Yard development in Chesterfield.

Toptint Glow uses light-sensitive chippings that glow and help illuminate areas such as footpaths, cycleways and pedestrian areas.

The system works by incorporating the recycled composite luminescent chippings into a matching coloured concrete mix, providing an end result which picks up and emits light at night after dark as well as delivering a long-lasting and durable surface.

Glanville Norman, product development manager at Tarmac, said: “New developments such as the Glass Yard or other existing high-profile sites often require something visually distinctive that will set them apart, and we’re always looking to develop new and exciting materials that can complement bold design.

“This is the first time that Toptint Glow has been used on a major commercial development and we were delighted to be able to propose a solution that not only has high aesthetic and environmental quality but also helped to improve safety and visibility.”

Tim Turner, managing director of Blue Deer Ltd, said: “One of the key principles of our design at the Glass Yard was to introduce a new kind of working environment that is exciting, safe and sustainable and one that people enjoy travelling to and working within.”

“We challenged Tarmac to come up with something that was a bit different for the central walkways and were impressed by Toptint Glow, as it gave us something that was durable but also serves as a design feature that puts a smile on people’s faces.”

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