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Lafarge Cement put to good use on the Isle of May

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Lafarge is supplying its Mastercrete cement for the construction of new shelters on the Isle of May off the Fife coast in Scotland. The project, being erected on behalf of Scottish Heritage by local building firm James Aird & Sons, will provide accommodation for both Scottish and international ornithologists as they study the island’s wildlife.

Although there are no longer any permanent human residents on the Isle of May, it is an important nature reserve owned by Scottish Heritage. The island is rich in wildlife and home to many species including puffins, porpoises and a colony of grey seals, with whales and dolphins often being spotted offshore.

Arran Aird, builder at Aird & Sons explains: “The flexibility and quality of Lafarge’s Mastercrete makes it the obvious choice for the Isle of May project, but another key factor for us was the Mastercrete’s weatherproof plastic packaging. The journey over in the small boats can get quite wet and the island gets a beating with the wind and rain so it was great to be able to leave the bags exposed without any risk of damage to the product!” 

Graeme Halkerston, Area Sales Manager for Lafarge Cement added: “We’re always interested to hear where our products are being used, and it was great that Marc at Rembrand promoted the weatherproof benefits of the Mastercrete product and packaging to assist his customer James Aird on the Isle of May project. Studying and conserving the future of Scotland’s wildlife is incredibly important and we’re excited to be involved in this and hopefully other similar projects in the future.”

Construction of the accommodation block commenced in September and the project is expected to be completed in November this year.

Adapted from press release by Jack Davidson.

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