Lafarge’s cement takes to the seven seas

Lafarge Cement is supplying its popular Mastercrete cement for the construction of new shelters on the Isle of May off the Fife coast in Scotland.

Lafarge's cement takes to the seven seas

On behalf of Scottish Heritage, local building firm James Aird & Sons is currently constructing an extension to the Isle of May’s Low Light (lighthouse) to provide accommodation for Scottish and international ornithologists to stay in when they are studying the island’s wildlife.

The cement is sourced by Rembrand Builders Merchants Ltd of Dundee. The materials are being transported from the mainland at Crail to the island in a dinghy rib boat, with the team unloading the 25kg bags by hand at the Isle of May shore.

The island is an important National Nature Reserve owned by Scottish Heritage. It is rich in wildlife and home to many species including puffins, porpoises and a colony of grey seals, while whales and dolphins can also be regularly spotted off the craggy island shore.

Mastercrete’s weatherproof plastic packaging is the ideal solution to the limited storage available and a work schedule where weather can prevent access to the island.

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

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