New business unit for Tarmac National Contracting
Tarmac drive cost savings in road construction with launch of Tarmac Pavement Solutions
TARMAC are set to help their customers mitigate the rising cost of bitumen on highways resurfacing and new-build schemes through the launch of Tarmac Pavement Solutions, a new business unit within their National Contracting division, which will produce and supply cement-bound and recycled materials.
With bitumen prices escalating by 60% over the last two years alone, Tarmac Pavement Solutions has been set up to help contractors, local authorities and network operators cut the cost of new-build road construction projects by using cement-bound or recycled asphalt systems.
Offering an alternative to bitumen-based materials, cement-bound pavements comprise a hydraulically bound mixture as the base layer – predominantly a cement-bound granular material – which is then surfaced with conventional asphalt.
Cement-bound roads can be designed to give equivalent service-life performance to both conventional asphalt and rigid concrete pavements, and removing the need to use large volumes of bitumen can deliver significant financial savings.
Tarmac Pavement Solutions division will be managed by Richard Vine, National Contracting regional director, and, in addition to a range of cementitious solutions, will supply Tarmac’s long-established FoamMaster system, a road-surfacing process which uses road arisings in cold-mix production to create an energy-efficient alternative to traditional hot asphalt.
It will also supply and lay TarmacDry, a porous asphalt system which manages surface water by allowing it to pass through its structure into a granular reservoir layer.
Commenting on the launch of the new service, Richard Vine said: ‘With bitumen accounting for around a third of the cost of building a new road, its price volatility means that the sector must embrace cement-bound materials and reduce its reliance on bitumen.
‘Driving greater uptake of recycled asphalt is also key to cutting costs and meeting environmental targets, and our new service builds upon our extensive expertise in this area.
‘We also believe that the durability of cement-bound material provides commercial opportunities in sectors such as ports and aviation.’