How has this come about?
Back in 2003, the first early trials of lightweight kerbing were undertaken, prompted by a universal recognition that standards had to be more open to innovation. In 2008, Durakerb received its first highway approval thanks largely to our accreditation to the BBA/HAPAS scheme. It was always the intention to revise and update the 1100 series standards however until now in many cases the use of Durakerb had been limited by the requirement for a departure. New CDM regulations in 2015, and the renewed focus on climate change/reduced-impacts, has prompted increase use for us and now, after 17 years of progression, polymeric kerbs, are finally classified as “Standard” (Clause 1118)
What does this mean?
Durakerb has actively contributed to this process, as have many other manufacturers, some of whom are sadly no longer in production. It has been a tough and costly journey but worth it, as this demonstrates a true example that the construction industry is adopting change and preparing the ground for future innovation. Durakerb is already CE marked to BS-EN1340. While the journey for us is not quite finished as there are some additional proofs under the standard which we may need to affirm, it does mean that polymeric kerbs generally are now standard, and therefore there are no legislative barriers for use in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from this day forward.