On 16 September, Tarmac unveiled a state-of-the-art asphalt plant inside the M25 at Harper Lane, Hertfordshire, which replaces an older 1960s operation. As part of the company’s strategy to support the UK’s infrastructure growth, including the UK’s planned £15 billion investment in strategic roads, the new plant has greater capacity, is more efficient and can manufacture a wider range of products, including lower temperature asphalts.
The plant, which is a Benninghoven BA5000U supplied by Wirtgen Ltd, will boost Tarmac’s capacity to supply sustainable asphalt solutions into London and the South East, and will be the first UK plant to use high capacity cold Recycled Asphalt Planings (RAP) technology to create mixes of up to 55% recycled content. This will support Tarmac’s commitment to increase the amount of waste materials it re-uses each year, and reduces CO2 levels. A wide range of sustainable construction solutions will also be produced, including lower temperature asphalts, which can reduce the carbon footprint of roads by 15 – 25%. The plant is part of a major investment being made by Tarmac in its aggregate and asphalt footprint across the south of England over the next 18 months.
Cyrille Ragoucy, CEO, Tarmac 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.”
Tarmac was recently relaunched under new ownership by CRH, which acquired the company after the merger of Lafarge and Holcim.
Adapted from press release by Rebecca Bowden
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