D-Drill managing director Julie White invented the new D-Kerb machine to cut granite kerbs in situ to prevent local authorities and highways maintenance having to go to the cost or inconvenience of replacing them completely.
The company has now completed jobs in Air Street – close to the Café Royal Hotel – and in Offord Road, Islington.
In Offord Road, technicians from D-Drill carried out the 45 degree cut around the 45 metre circumference of a central reservation. The company, which was working on behalf of main contractor Volka CVV, then used a special vapour blasting machine (http://www.ecovapourclean.co.uk) to give the kerbs an authentic, textured edge to ensure the aesthetics were maintained with the rest of the street.
The firm also provided a gradual transitional cut from 45 degrees to 90 degrees at each end of the project. The reason for the work was to make it a more cycle friendly environment for hundreds of cyclists who bike past the reservation on a daily basis.
D-Drill MD and inventor Julie White said: “I am so pleased that the D-Kerb machine is already proving so popular and is providing a practical, cost-effective solution.
“It’s the only machine of its type in the world and with cycling and cycle lanes becoming increasingly popular, it could be extremely busy over the next few years – especially in London and other major cities in the UK.”
She added: “We’ve brought in the vapour blasting machine from the USA to ensure we give the kerbs the right textured finish and they do look great – it’s also better from a health & safety point of view because there is less hand/arm vibration than with other methods.
“We have invested significant time and resource into this new service and it’s fantastic to see it paying off.”