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County Durham construction pioneer LCM poised for mainstream production launch

LCM‘s flagship product has been scientifically engineered to use waste and by-products in its manufacture

A North East construction pioneer is poised to launch mainstream production of its innovative building material following expansion into a new base.

Environmental innovator Low Carbon Materials (LCM) – formerly known as Sphera – is among companies shaping the ‘green construction’ sector with its science-based building material, which is helping the industry in achieving net zero targets. LCM was founded by three scientists in 2019 – Dr Natasha Boulding, Dr Phil Buckley and Scott Bush – who met at Durham University while studying for PhD in material science.

Its flagship product, Osto, has been technically engineered to use waste and by-products in its manufacture, which would otherwise be destined for incineration or landfill, further reducing carbon emissions. Since launching, the company, and Osto, has garnered global recognition and a host of awards, including an Earthshot Prize nomination, which places it among the 1,000 most impactful and inspiring solutions for environmental issues globally.

Now the firm is moving closer to production of Osto following expansion into Jade Business Park in Seaham, County Durham, a move which quadrupled the size of its headquarters. The site will include a research and development facility and production centre, to support the scaling and development of new products.

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