News Archive

  • Ground Engineering, Specialist Geotechnical Supplier of the Year Finalists

    ABG is pleased to announce it has made the shortlist for this year’s Ground Engineering Awards. The prestigious event is being held at the Brewery in Central London on the 23 November, with ABG a finalist in the Specialist Geotechnical Supplier of the Year category. The listing comes in recognition ... more

  • Dawlish Railway Sea Wall Phase 2

    In 2014, heavy storms along England’s southern coast destroyed a section of the iconic Dawlish sea wall (originally constructed by Brunel in 1840) leaving only a swing bridge of rails behind. This resulted in an eight week closure of the South Devon Railway line, with the whole South West peninsula ... more

  • ABG Geosynthetics joins the BontexGeo Group

    ABG Ltd, a market leader in the design, development, manufacture and technical support of high performance geosynthetic systems for use in a wide range of civil engineering, environmental and sustainable building projects, is pleased to announce it is joining The BontexGeo Group. BontexGeo is a European industry leader in the ... more

  • ABG Geosynthetics switches to 100% renewable energy

    All the electricity used by ABG Geosynthetics for the manufacturing of its geocomposite and geocellular products is now certified to come from renewable sources. The switch to a renewable energy supplier is just one of several recent initiatives introduced by ABG to reduce its environmental impact, explains Managing Director Alan Bamforth. ... more

  • The Wave project wins BCI Award

    The Wave inland surfing lake near Bristol has won the Cultural & Leisure Project of the Year at this year’s British Construction Industry awards, hosted by NCE Magazine. The lake’s design includes ABG’s Pozidrain geocomposite drainage layer to relieve ground water uplift pressure at the site. The location is ... more

  • CLC - A Message to the Construction Industry

    ABG is committed in continuing to supply key construction projects and support key workers throughout the current Lockdown.Following the announcement of the four week lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Andy Mitchell has written an open letter to ... more

  • Asphalt Reinforcement Webinar

    Steel Based Asphalt Reinforcement Crack Prevention webinar synopsis - Thursday 26th November @ 11am ABG in association with LCRIG, are hosting a webinar aimed at Local Authority Highways Departments where ‘Fortifix’ innovative steel composite based crack prevention system will be discussed as a method of treating common surface deterioration ... more

  • HS2 tells contractors to cut CO2 by half

    HS2 contractors are turning to next-generation materials to meet a challenging 50% carbon reduction target for construction of phase one civils assets. To meet the target, enabling works contractors are working closely with their supply chain to identify innovations and efficiencies achievable by reducing and ... more

  • Sudspave for Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    ABG Geosynthetics is proud to have provided detailed design and supply services for new car parking at the iconic Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Project: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Product: ABG Sudspave Porous Pavers Application: Porous Paved Carpark SuDS Project Overview Development of the 4,500 m2 of Sudspave 40 ... more

  • ABG named as key project contributor for NCE British Construction Industry Award

    ABG has been listed as a key project contributor for this year’s Cultural & Leisure Project of the Year at NCE’s prestigious British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA). The awards are scheduled to take place on 28th October in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and the shortlist can be viewed here. The ... more

  • ‘Getting rail drainage back on track’ article published in Rail Engineer

    Recent flash flooding events and the winter’s record rainfall brings the requirement for effective trackside drainage on the rail network into sharp focus. Engineers in the highways industry have pioneered the way for the use of geosynthetics for linear asset edge drainage, but adoption and realisation of the ... more

  • ABG joins Green Roof Organisation (GRO)

    ABG has joined the Green Roof Organisation (GRO), the independent association representing manufacturers, suppliers and installers of green roof systems and components. The organisation has recently become a 'not-for-profit' Trade Association with a newly elected 12 person board taking on the remit to further develop the UK green roofing industry. ... more

  • Leeds Skelton Lake Services Green Roof

    The Leeds Skelton Lake Services redevelopment includes a wonderful wildflower meadow roof that is a main feature of the new development near Leeds, blending in seamlessly with the landscape. The extensive green roof was designed by ABG Geosynthetics and was installed by Geogreen. A ‘new concept’ building design was ... more

  • ABG supports ‘Project Speed’ announcement

    Last week’s announcement to bring forward £5 billion of capital investment projects is welcomed by ABG. As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of geosynthetics to the construction industry, ABG is committed to supporting the ‘Project Speed’ investment in infrastructure which includes: £1.5 billion this ... more

  • Porous Paved Carpark SuDS

    ABG’s Truckcell 80 porous paver used for a permeable paving gravel SuDS car park at Recluver Country Park, Herne Bay Download the PDF Case Study here Project: Herne Bay, Recluver Country Park Product: ABG Truckcell 80 Application: Porous Paved Carpark SuDS Project Overview Reculver Country Park is located ... more

  • BALI celebrates World Green Roof Day with Mark Shaw of Geogreen Solutions

    The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) interviewed BALI Registered Mark Shaw of GeoGreen Solutions and Chris Bridgman of Bridgman and Bridgman LLP on the topic of green roofing in the lead up to World Green Roof Day on Saturday 6 June 2020. Read the article to find out their ... more

  • World Green Roof Day

    ABG and our installation partners Geogreen are proud to have delivered many high profile and innovative green roof projects in recent years, so ahead of the inaugural World Green Roof Day #WGRD2020 on the 6th June, we are sharing our top 10 favourite installations! The list features a variety ... more

  • COVID 19 - Supply goes on

    The UK has completed 6 weeks of lock down and ABG has continued to supply geosynthetics to essential projects in the UK, Europe and across the world. We are staying safe by diligent adherence to procedures for hygiene and social distancing. In so doing, we are able to continue ... more

  • ABG’s COVID-19 Update

    Given the current global health crisis surrounding coronavirus/COVID-19 we wanted to reassure you on the measures that ABG has taken in order to continue to provide a level of service over the coming weeks. In line with government advice, team members with the facility to work from home ... more

  • ABG supplies express drainage for HS2

    HS2 has been given the green light and the project will go ahead at an estimated cost of £106bn but will need to look for significant cost savings. Saving cost and saving carbon can go hand in hand, especially when engineers look to change traditional methods of construction and so ... more

  • Grassed overflow parking

    ABG’s Advanced Turf System (ATS400/B) used for grass parking area at Cambridge University Eddington Development Download the PDF Case Study here Project: Cambridge Eddington, NW University Development Product: ABG Advanced Turf System (ATS400/B) Application: Grassed Overflow Parking Areas Project Overview The Eddington Development is the largest capital ... more

  • Health & Safety

    DRAINAGE TRENCH: FILDRAIN is SAFER to INSTALL than TRADITIONAL CRUSHED STONE An incident in October 2019 on a Network Rail site is a stark reminder of the dangers of working in trench excavations. A trench for a drainage pipe at a depth of 2.5 to 3m was excavated ... more

  • ABG Blueroof installation at a BREEAM Excellent rated large mixed use development

    ABG are nearing completion of the ABG Blueroof at 60 London Wall, working for Knight Asphalte and main contractors Skanska. The blue roof works cover 1,254m2 of single roof and began in August 2019. 60 London Wall is a BREEAM Excellent rated large mixed use ... more

  • Composite grid reinforcement for long-term pothole prevention

    Geogrid composites provide crack control and pavement reinforcement for a long-term solution to road repairs More than just a bump in the road The bill to UK taxpayers for repairing potholes has risen to more than £1billion, with the number of potholes being filled up by about a fifth on last ... more

  • Be mindful of misleading performance data when specifying geocomposites - By Alan Bamforth

    One of the key topics covered in my BGA Invitational Lecture last month was a discussion regarding the misleading data often used to specify geocomposite drainage products. Specifiers can get lost in the manufacturer’s data, forgetting that the most important function of a geocomposite drain ... more

  • ABG signs up to UK civil engineers’ emergency climate declaration

    The crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are two of the most serious issues of our time. At this time, civil engineers across the UK have declared a climate and bio-diversity crisis, setting a commitment to strengthen our working practices and creating complete ... more

  • TODDBROOK DAM Spillway Damage

    Earth embankment dams are a common feature of the British landscape, so much so that they largely go unnoticed. That is until one almost collapses. Many of these dams were constructed over 100 years ago, at a time when it was necessary to store reserves of water for ... more

  • President Trump Lands on ATS

    Presidential helicopter Marine 1 transported Donald Trump to Buckingham Palace yesterday and made a perfect touch down onto the official lawn. .bordertop { border-top: 2px solid orange; } .borderbottom { border-bottom: 2px solid orange; } Stabilised using Netlon ATS Advanced Turf when installed in 2000. ATS mesh ... more

  • The Oaks, Acton, West London

    The former Oaks shopping centre in Acton, West London, will provide 178 apartments and 42,000 sq. ft. of retail space.  Working with Osel Architecture, CJ O’Shea and Cawston Specialist Roofing ABG provided a design for  11 blueroofs across the site, including 5 podiums, meeting the SuDS criteria given.  The blueroof was designed to a 1 ... more

  • FORS Silver Accreditation

    After a lot of work our Logistics team are delighted to announce that ABG is now FORS Silver accredited.The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme for fleet operators which aims to raise the level of quality within fleet operations, and to demonstrate which operators are achieving ... more

  • Construction News Award Nomination

    The Construction News Awards are back and celebrating 23 years of showcasing the very best in the industry. Having become the most prestigious and coveted awards in our sector, winning a Construction News Award is a well-recognised badge of excellence amongst clients and peers.Here at ABG we are delighted to ... more

  • Post Building Completion!

    Our latest blueroof project on The Post Building is complete.The Post Building is the former Royal Mail Sorting Office located on New Oxford Street in Central London. It will provide Grade A office space, with street level retail and restaurant space along with rooftop gardens, terraces, and leisure areas.ABG worked ... more

  • Best Practice For Contaminated Land

    In March 2019 ABGs Goran Erak was invited to be part of the panel at the Environmental Industries Commision round table event "Towards Best Practice in Contaminated Land".The event was hosted at the AECOM Glasgow office, with the aim of bringing together companies across the process of land remediation, from ... more

  • Audit Success!

    ABG are delighted to announce that we successfully passed our triennial recertification audits to confirm compliance of our business management systems with ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management Systems) & ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management Systems).The recertification audit process was carried out in March 2019 by ISOQAR, a third party UKAS accredited certification ... more

  • Innovation for Rail Infrastructure

    The latest Rail Engineer magazine (issue 171) has a focus on infrastructure, and features an article written by ABGs very own Alan Bamforth. It focuses on the benefits gained by Thameslinks Bermondsey Dive Under through using ABG Deckdrain to provide structural drainage in place of porous block or granular options.You ... more

  • Sharing the Knowledge

    The design of geosynthetics used in erosion control on river and channels has evolved over the last 50 years and much empirical experience has been gained. Geosynthetics filters have developed to meet the demands of an often harsh environment placed on a wide range of soils. Academic studies have developed ... more

  • No More Muddy Boots With Breakfast!

    The Red Lion Truck Stop based at Weedon in Northamptonshire is a very popular place with truck drivers as it offers excellent facilities and food.However, this success meant the parking surface had deteriorated after many years of heavy traffic. Drivers had complained about the "roller coaster ride" in the parking area, not enough ... more

  • Gold Award!

    We would like to offer our congratulations to James Fryer of ISG Plc for his Gold Award for Primary Education  in the Construction Manager of the Year Awards for his project  at Temple Learning Academy, Leeds.Temple Learning Academy features an ABG Webwall, which is a vegetated retaining wall system. The steep slopes at the site had ... more

  • State of the Nation 2018

    The recent publication of the annual Institue of Civil Engineers State of the Nation report highlights some interesting challenges for UK infrastructure. As the UK repositions itself on the global stage and the population continues to increase, infrastructure needs become increasingly complex. Questions around capacity, reliability and performance need to be ... more

  • Our Most Recent Fleet Addition

    Our newest vehicle has landed! This brand new HGV dropside lorry is an 18t Euro VI compliant vehicle. It's been kitted out with 4 way internal cameras, class 6 mirrors, tracking technology and a host of other features which means it achieves FORS Silver accreditation.Coming soon to a site near you... ... more

  • Upcoming Exhibitions

    ABG will have stands at both Highways UK and Road Expo this year to showcase our range of geosynthetics including the BBA HAPAS approved range.Whether you want to know more about extending pavement life with asphalt reinforcement layers, how to reduce embankment consolidation time by as much as 80%, or ... more

  • Blue Roof Guide to Best Practice

    Blue Roof Guide to Best Practice Holmfirth, West Yorkshire Our very own Stephen Humberstone has been working with Ross Finnie at SIG to produce the recent blue roof guide to best practice published on the Architecture today website. The piece is and insightful guide to developments in blue roof technology as well as a ... more

  • ABG present at the Geosynthetics Symposium in Hong Kong

    Alan Bamforth Managing Director of ABG was invited to present recently at a Geosynthetics Symposium in Hong Kong .bordertop { border-top: 2px solid orange; } .borderbottom { border-bottom: 2px solid orange; } The symposium on the 6th June 2018 , entitled ‘ A Day with Geosynthetics’ was one of ... more

  • Saddleworth Moor - After the Blaze

    Following the unusually dry spring and summer wildfire near Saddleworth Moor broke out on the evening of Sunday June 24th near the village of Carrbrook.Though brought quickly under control, it reignited the following day escalating quickly and on Tuesday a major incident was declared involving the evacuation of nearby properties.The fire raged for three ... more

  • Susdrain Awards Commendation

    Following our nomination in the New Build Large Scale category ABG attended the inaugural Ciria Susdrain Awards at City Hall in London. It is brilliant to see such a wide range of schemes and applications being recognised for their use of Sustainable Drainage systems.  Our congratulations go to the London Borough of ... more

  • Contamination Expo Series Talk

    We are delghted to be able to share the news that Goran Erak, ABG's Director of Business Development, will be delivering a talk titled "Advanced Geosynthetic Solutions for Contaminated Land Remediation" at the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Expo at the NEC in Birmingham in September 2018.Geosynthetic materials are widely used in ... more

  • ABG Achieves ISO 14001:2015 Certification

    Here at ABG we care about our impact on the environment, and while our product ranges offer multiple significant environmental benefits to the construction projects that use them we are always looking to improve our own facilities and processes. That is why we are delighted that the hard work put ... more

  • Ciria Susdrain SuDS Award Nomination

    ABG are delighted to have been shortlisted for the susdrain SuDS Awards in the "Large Scale New Build" category for our blue roof stormwater attenuation system at Rathbone Market, London.Rathbone Market is located in a densely built area of London and restrictions on outflow rates to sewers from the building demanded high attenuation.  The ... more

  • The Society of Public Health Engineers

    Well designed water and waste systems are essential to successful, healthy and sustainable buildings. The Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE) is a society within the Charted Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE). SoPHE members are experts in the public health aspects of developments, and promote the importance of best practice in public health engineering ... more

  • Woolwich Royal Arsenal Riverside Residences

    Borne out of a dockyard commissioned by King Henry VIII in 1512, the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich has a rich history including military reasearch, weapon proofing and ordnance storage. At its peak the site is estimated to have employed in excess of 100,000 workers.The MoD moved out in 1994, and ... more


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