All-day pour lays the foundations for new vertical roller mill as part of £20 million site upgrade
AN all-day continuous concrete pour has been completed at Hanson’s Padeswood works, in Flintshire, North Wales, as part of the company’s investment in new plant to improve the efficiency and environmental performance of the business.
Almost 900 cubic metres of concrete were laid to provide the foundations for a new vertical roller mill, which has been purchased from a HeidelbergCement joint-venture plant in Bilbao, Spain.
Three Hanson plants provided the concrete for the continuous pour.
Project manager Chris Sheady said: ‘It was a huge effort from a team of people across the business and would not have been possible without the full support and commitment of all the drivers.’
The replacement mill at Padeswood, which will be capable of grinding up to 650,000 tonnes of clinker a year, will improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
It is part of a £20 million upgrade at the site, which also includes investment in new rail-loading facilities to allow cement to be delivered by train, reducing lorry movements.