Expert for Civils & Green Infrastructure

Steve Durdant-Hollamby

Managing Director, Polypipe Civils

profile

Steve is a well-known figure in the merchant sector and across the UK construction industry, bringing over 25 years’ experience to the Expert Panel. He started his career in builders’ merchanting before moving into a supplier role with Polychannel as National Sales Manager. In 2000 Steve joined ACO Water Management and progressed to Commercial Director. Steve was appointed Managing Director of Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) in 2014 where he introduced and established AWMS as the first joined-up brand in rain-to-drain water management. He led an active industry campaign to change the way water is managed in the built environment at a time of accelerating climate change. Steve is now Managing Director of Polypipe Civils. In January 2020 Polypipe Civils changed its name to Polypipe Civils & Green Urbanisation, redefining the business around new technologies that enhance sustainable and resilient development.

Polypipe

Founded in 1980, Polypipe is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of piping systems, water and climate management systems, delivering engineered solutions that enable a sustainable built environment.

The development of Green Urbanisation introduces a new generation of techniques that optimise urban green spaces through an extended, fully integrated, sustainable water management network. This includes the provision of hybrid water management solutions that combine green assets such as blue/green roofs, gardens and trees with smart water infrastructure within any urban environment. The benefits are multiple: greater resilience to flooding and drought, increased biodiversity, lowering of the heat island effect, more green spaces and amenities, better air quality, and improved health and wellbeing.

Polypipe Civils & Green Urbanisation is part of Polypipe Group plc and operates two UK manufacturing centres: Loughborough and Horncastle. With products focused at specific applications across all construction sectors including residential, highways, rail and power, each range has been developed around optimised use of recycled materials. The company currently transforms over 16,000 tonnes of plastic waste each year in the manufacture of its products.

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Polypipe Civils Comment: Q2 2021

Steve Durdant-Hollamby, Managing Director Polypipe Civils is BMBI’s Expert for Civils & Green Infrastructure.

Supply issues have dominated headlines across the quarter again, and with demand showing no sign of slowing, supply will continue to challenge businesses regardless of size and sector. Given such exceptional circumstances, Polypipe, along with other like-minded suppliers, is doing what it can to maximise output and provide customers with regular trading updates and delivery forecasts that are as accurate as possible.

Fluctuations in demand are nothing new. What is different now is that rather than being limited to a particular sector or sectors, we are seeing the whole industry light up. In normal times that’s a nice challenge to have. Today, with COVID still imposing restrictions, with congestion at ports, and with global material and container shortages, it is extremely frustrating. Furthermore, with strong growth forecast well into next year, there will be no quick turnaround.

COVID still has the power to disrupt, so we remain vigilant as new variants continue to threaten. But it’s good to see a gradual, albeit cautious return to conventional practices.

Globally, greater evidence is emerging about the impact of climate change. The UN’s landmark climate report, published ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow later this year, states that all countries must produce tougher climate plans to limit the increase in global temperatures.

The Government’s forthcoming Environment Bill is a generational shift in legislation targeted at protecting and improving the nation’s ecology and resilience in the face of population growth and climate change. Currently in the House of Lords, the Bill’s legally binding changes will impose specific regulation across a wide range of environmental management, from chemicals and air quality to, perhaps most critically, water. From now on, water companies will be required to publish plans to preserve water resources as well as their plans for improving overall drought and flood resilience.

Rethinking how we manage, use and reuse water will be at the heart of achieving our climate goals. The Bill should be a catalyst in driving a more creative, forward-thinking approach to construction with greater collaboration at the earliest stage in a project delivering maximum benefit to individuals and communities.