Builder and architect join forces to remove plastic from UK construction

Merseyside builder Neal Maxwell is working with architect Dr. Gareth Abrahams to convince the construction industry to reduce the quantities of plastic waste it currently produces to zero by the year 2040.

Maxwell cofounded the not-for-profit organisation Changing Streams in 2018 following an eye-opening expedition to the Arctic with his wife. Appalled by the shocking amounts of plastic waste and its lethal impact on polar animals, the builder of over 30 years felt compelled to fight for change in his area of expertise. He explained:

“When I got home, I realised I had to do something about plastic pollution.”

The organisation, supported by researchers at the University of Liverpool led by Dr. Abrahams, has developed a programme they believe could end plastic use in the building sector within two decades. The charter asks for a stop to plastic-based paints being and the wrapping used for building materials like cladding and bricks.

Abrahams commented the University of Liverpool plans to build accommodation free of plastic based on the university campus, currently undergoing an extensive rebuild. He stated:

“One of our projects is to create the first ever plastic-neutral commercially viable house. We want to show the building industry this can be done.”

Many architects in Wirral, Liverpool and other Merseyside boroughs are focused on creating sustainable designs, believing this approach is the future of architecture.

The construction industry is the second biggest plastic waste producer in the country after packaging, generating around 50,000 tonnes every year.

Posted by Mark
April 14, 2020

1 Comment »

  1. Hi,
    Loved the article.
    We produce roof tile vents and so far, have reduced our plastic content to less than 1% by weight.
    Our intention is to drop it to as close to Zero as possible over the next 12 months by sourcing either Non-plastic or totally bio-degradable material for 2 components.
    We continue to champion traditional materials in our sector and support the move to remove plastics where alternative environmentally friendlier materials can be used.

    Comment by John Pogue — July 20, 2020 @ 1:50 pm

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