Precast concrete kerbs are the unsung heroes of our roads and streets, ensuring the safety of road users and pedestrians, and contributing to the paved environment over many years. It is worth reminding ourselves of their characteristics and capabilities, and how precast concrete can be specified with confidence as a tried and tested solution – unlike some other un-established kerb materials. Precast concrete kerbs are produced in a wide range of sizes and radii with coloured, textured and profiled surfaces. Secondary processes can provide different surface finishes, some of which provide a close match to traditional stone.
The full range of British Standard profiles and components is available from some Interpave members but the choice of alternatives to suit particular applications continues to grow, including small element kerbing and integral drainage units. Special kerbs – for example to contain vehicle wheels or improve accessibility onto buses – have also been developed.
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