Lafarge Cement UK have launched the final design and costing feasibility studies for their proposed new cement works at Snodland, in Kent.
As a result, Lafarge will now increase onsite work in preparation for the possible construction of ‘Medway Works’. This process will last until next year and, say the company, should the works go ahead, the opening will not coincide with end of production at Lafarge’s Northfleet works in Kent, tabled for April next year.
Planning permission to build the works was granted in 2001. Since then, the company has prepared the site for the construction including new road and rail infrastructure around the site’s main entrance and the diversion of an oil pipeline.
Lafarge Cement UK’s managing director Dr Erdoğan Pekenç explains: “With general demand for cement growing in the UK, alongside the introduction of new large-scale projects in the South-East, such as ‘Crossrail’, it is a good time to move the project to the final design stage.
“We are the only cement company with nationwide coverage and, as such, we have focused significant investment to develop a robust UK-wide supply chain, to ensure we can provide customers right across the country with our products,” continues Erdoğan.