Tarmac, one the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction providers, has unveiled a new asphalt plant inside the M25 at Harper Lane, Hertfordshire. This is part of Tarmac’s strategy to support the UK’s infrastructure growth, including the UK’s planned £15bn investment in roads. This is estimated to see 1,300 new miles of lanes added to motorways and A-roads over the next five years.
Tarmac – a CRH company – not only delivers the infrastructure needed to grow the UK economy, but also helps create a more sustainable environment for the country’s future. They have contributed to some of the UK’s biggest construction projects, including Wembley Stadium, Heathrow Terminal 5, The Shard, and London 2012. They employ around 6,900 people across a nationwide network of over 400 sites.
The new plant, a Benninghoven BA5000U – supplied by Wirtgen Limited, will boost Tarmac’s capacity to supply asphalt solutions into London and the South East. The £6.6m plant replaces an older 1960’s operation. It has greater capacity, and can manufacture a wider range of products, including lower temperature asphalts. It will be the first UK plant to use Recycled Asphalt Plannings (RAP) technology to create mixes containing up to 55% recycled content, supporting Tarmac’s commitment to re-using waste materials.
The new plant will also reduce CO2 levels and produce a range of sustainable construction solutions, including lower temperature asphalts, which could reduce the carbon footprint of road projects by 15% to 25%.
Harper Lane rail links will bring essential road stone directly into the South East to supply the region’s 18 new major road projects, including the upgrade of one-third of the junctions on the M25, and improvements to the A27.
Cyrille Ragoucy, Tarmac CEO, said: “The UK’s strategic road infrastructure plays a critical role in securing the country’s continuing social and economic development, and unlocking its future prosperity. Tarmac is well placed to support customers in achieving the UK’s infrastructure plans by providing the solutions, expertise and innovation to help deliver projects in a smarter, more efficient and sustainable manner.”
The Harper Lane plant will be a major investment across the south of England over the next 18 months. The company has since installed the world’s first combined Terex AggreSand 206 modular wash plant and AggreScrub150 in its quarries at Broom South in Bedfordshire, and Stanninghall in Norfolk. Tarmac is also investing in additional RAP capabilities at its asphalt operations in Stevenage, Trowse, and Parkstone.
The investment programme will create more than 115 new jobs across the south of England over the next three years. In 2014 to 2015 Tarmac took on 91 new apprentices and graduate trainees, and the predicted 2015 to 2016 intake will show a further 33 graduates, 80 apprentices, and five higher apprentices join across the business.