Aggregate Industries pave the way on the A14
Company secures surfacing contract on England’s largest road improvement project
AGGREGATE Industries have been selected by the A14 Integrated Delivery Team (IDT) to exclusively deliver the surfacing works for what is currently England’s largest road improvement project, the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Flexible Pavement Works.
Over a 30-month period, using local primary and secondary aggregate supply sources, Aggregate Industries will create in excess of 21 miles of new, multi-lane carriageway. This will involve supplying and installing some 700,000 tonnes of asphalt and 500,000 tonnes of cement-bound granular material (CBGM).
The contract was awarded after a 12-month process of early contractor involvement (ECI), during which Aggregate Industries were said to have demonstrated a clear desire to deliver a ‘world class’ service through collaborative behaviours and innovative products, IT solutions and processes.
Mark Berg, project director for the IDT, said: ‘We are delighted to have Aggregate Industries as our pavements partner. Over the last year, the Aggregate Industries team demonstrated that they have the right collaborative, safety and innovative attributes to support the world-class delivery of this complex project.’
In order to deliver a highly sustainable and efficient solution, Aggregate Industries have invested in a new £3.5 million mobile asphalt plant, capable of producing 240 tonnes/h, and will be erecting two further mobile cementitious continuous mixing plants within the site compounds. Situating manufacturing units on site will help reduce the impact of operations on the local community and the network.
Paddy Murphy, director of contracting at Aggregate Industries, commented: ‘I’m delighted that the IDT have chosen us as their partner of choice to construct the pavements on this highly prestigious scheme, as we share the same values.
‘Our joint aim is to collaboratively deliver the works on time and on budget, whilst ensuring that we keep everyone safe by implementing industry-leading health and safety standards.’
Mr Murphy added: ‘Leaving a legacy is key to the project. We are committed to playing our part in providing local employment opportunities and apprenticeships that will provide long-term benefits to the region.’
Chris Hudson, managing director of asphalt and readymix at Aggregate Industries, commented: ‘Our proven track record in delivering large infrastructure projects, such as the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Project and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, means we are a trusted provider. Our investment in the new asphalt plant further emphasizes our commitment to delivering this project.’