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BDS publish second Output report – Aggregates

Sand and gravel

‘Estimated Outputs of Pits & Quarries and Marine Wharves in Great Britain’ now available

THE latest edition of the ‘Estimated Outputs of Pits & Quarries and Marine Wharves in Great Britain’ has been published by BDS Marketing Research, to provide estimates of outputs and market shares by individual sites and companies in Great Britain (2019).

This is the second report from the BDS annual suite of ‘Industry Output Reports’, which also includes reports for Asphalt and Ready Mixed Concrete.


A key part of the Pits & Quarries and Marine Wharves estimated output report is figures provided for all sites in operation throughout Great Britain with details supplied on a regional, county and company level.

Figures for land-won sand and gravel, marine sand and gravel and crushed rock are all provided within the report, down to individual site level summarized by company, county, region and nationally.

According to BDS, in 2019 the land-won and marine sand and gravel and crushed rock market was more than 180 million tonnes with the highest proportion represented by crushed rock.

In 2019 Tarmac were the leading producers of aggregates in Great Britain, followed by Aggregate Industries, Hanson, CEMEX and Breedon. These five companies are estimated to have a combined aggregates market share in excess of 70% with the remaining market split amongst more than 240 other aggregates producing companies.

Considering aggregates separately, variations are clearly visible across differing regions. The East of England is identified as the largest aggregate producing region for land-won sand and gravel with Wales and the North East as the smallest producing regions in Great Britain.

Figures suggest that whilst growth in the land-won sand and gravel market continues to fluctuate this is anticipated to change even further with a high number of planning applications containing sand and gravel reserves still awaiting determination.

In comparison with land-won sand and gravel, marine sand and gravel volumes are considered more stable with the South East accounting for the largest proportion of marine sand and gravel in Great Britain during 2019.

Finally, the report suggests the crushed rock market has declined slightly compared with 2018 volumes, but is on the increase compared with previous years. In 2019, the East Midlands produced the largest output of crushed rock amongst the 10 regions reported.

Aggregates replenishment rates, namely the replacement of extracted reserves with newly consented materials, showed a net deficit for both land-won sand and gravel and crushed rock during the last 12 months.

To find out more or purchase a copy of the ‘Estimated Outputs of Pits & Quarries and Marine Wharves in Great Britain (2019) Report, click here.

To register interest in receiving any of the upcoming BDS Estimated Output Reports, contact the BDS marketing team at: [email protected]


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