A mastic asphalt system manufactured by IKO Plc was highly commended in the prestigious Construction News Specialists Awards 2019 for the Innovation of the Year (Non-Contractor) category. Now in their 15thyear, the awards celebrate the outstanding achievements within the construction industry.

At a glittering awards ceremony hosted at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, IKO was highly commended for its Permatrack Road Surfacing Repair System, a mastic asphalt product unique to IKO. The innovative road repair solution is voidless and does not require compaction, reducing the amount of carbon emitting machinery required on site.

However, it is the way the product is delivered which makes all the difference. IKO Permatrack is transported in purpose built IKO Hot Charge Transporters which keep the product at the correct temperature regardless of the distance travelled so that it is ready to lay as soon as it arrives on site.

The system comes with a five-year guarantee so there are no costly and frustrating follow-up repairs for the client. IKO also works with the Mastic Asphalt Council to ensure a levy is paid on every tonne of IKO Permatrack to compensate for the CO2 emissions generated through its production. Since 2015, 3,848 tonnes of carbon has been offset, equivalent to driving around the world 502 times.

The system was recently specified by client Connect Plus for an inlaid crack repair and bridge expansion joint project on the busy M25 motorway. Managing Director Mohammed Jaja said: “We previously specified IKO Permatrack materials and found them to be the perfect solution for inlaid crack repair for numerous bridge joints and crack repairs. The fact that all the carbon produced can be offset is great from an environmental point of view and ethically.”

IKO also worked with the client to deliver the product to site where it was able to be laid immediately and cool overnight. The road reopened at 5am ready for the heavy morning traffic, minimising the disruption to the 200,000 cars which use the motorway each day.