Aggregate Industries has invested £3.5m within an asphalt plant in Godmanchester, dedicated exclusively to offering the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme – England’s largest road project – which can see 21 kilometres in the road upgraded to a few lanes in each direction.
The temporary plant, which took three months to develop, was commissioned by Aggregate Industries to produce the types of materials for the new multi-lane carriageways during the £1.5 billion scheme. .
Over a 30-month period, the project demands supplying and installing 700,000 tonnes of asphalt and 500,000 tonnes of cement bound granular mixtures, which will be accustomed to implement Aggregate Industries’ alternative usage of composite pavements in place of cementitious reinforced concrete pavement. Uniquely, the on-site plant can be ideal for supplying 50% recycled asphalt and will play an important role in minimising the carbon footprint from the scheme, as fewer vehicle movements will be required.
Creating vital jobs from our area, opening the new plant also involved the recruitment of your highly-skilled team of product, logistics and technical experts, working night and day to be sure the specification, production and delivery of asphalt meets the project’s needs constantly.
Chris Hudson, MD of Asphalt and Readymix at Aggregate Industries, said: “As sole supplier for England’s largest and quite a few prestigious road improvement project, our aim on this contract is to collaboratively supply the works as efficiently and cost-effectively as is feasible, whilst lowering the impact of operations around the area as well as road network.
“As a result, we’ve invested a lot of resources and time in establishing our new asphalt plant within the A14. By ensuring a frequent way to obtain our innovative surfacing materials in the course of the work, this facility will no doubt play an essential role to assist us to offer the earth class service expected on the market leader.”