Home   Haverhill   News   Article

Subscribe Now

Haverhill Research Park to welcome eco-friendly road surfacing company Roadfill into the fold



More news, no ads

LEARN MORE


A company that uses recycled plastic products to repair and re-lay roads is the latest to be moving into the EpiCentre on Haverhill Research Park, where it is taking laboratory and office space to develop new products.

Roadfill was founded in 2018 by Greek civil engineer Christie Raptaki and in the week of International Women’s Day her story is an inspiration to women in business.

The story of how she founded the company is extraordinary.

Christie Raptaki, founder of Roadfill Ltd, with some of the plastic materials used. Submitted picture
Christie Raptaki, founder of Roadfill Ltd, with some of the plastic materials used. Submitted picture

While pregnant with her daughter Alfie she hit a deep pothole in Tottenham Court Road and was taken to a hospital A&E.

Thankfully, mother and baby were fine but out of that came the idea to repair potholes and now, lay whole roads, substituting bitumen with plastic waste materials and a graphene solution now in research and development.

Roadfill is currently working with universities across the UK including Cambridge, Exeter, Edinburgh and Greenwich to develop more products.

The EpiCentre at Haverhill Research Park.Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021
The EpiCentre at Haverhill Research Park.Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021

The company has been funded by the European Union Funding Scheme and late last year it successfully crowd funded over £600,000. Roadfill® was awarded Most Innovative Road Repair Solutions – London in the Build 2021 Eco Excellence Awards.

Its products are now being specified by government departments, highway authorities and private contractors around the UK, including Colas, Tarmac and Toppesfield and it is expanding into Greece, Sweden and South Korea.

Christie said: “Roadfill® is one of the pioneers in helping to use plastic in an environmentally and innovative way to help solve the problem of plastic waste, reduce landfill waste, reduce CO₂ emissions and save substantial sums of money for government and local authority highway budgets.

“We will be using The EpiCentre in Haverhill for research and development using its laboratory facilities and taking an office as our new international headquarters.”

Raptaki’s support for International Woman’s Day is driven by her determination to succeed with Roadfill® that was started in her spare room at home, and the challenges she had along the way.

She recalls how she had been invited to speak at the Highways UK exhibition in Birmingham but had no one to look after her baby so brought her in a sling.

Initially she was prevented from entering the exhibition hall but managed to persuade the authorities to let her in and give her talk with baby in tow.

Christie said: “Being a woman to me in business is not weak it is like being a superpower and you can do things with it. I don’t like it that women are still in a minority in business, and I can’t believe that in 2022 we are still talking about how one can introduce more women into construction.”

While developing her main Roadfill ® business, Raptaki is also working on another business called Yellow Kiosk to develop an App to facilitate smoother and more cost effective interior design and construction for both customers and interior designers.