Aggregate Industries has been selected to exclusively deliver the surfacing works for England’s largest road improvement project, the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Flexible Pavement Works.
During a 30 month period, using local primary and secondary aggregate supply sources, Aggregate will create over 21 miles of new, multi-lane carriageway, which will involve supplying and installing 700,000 tonnes Asphalt and 500,000 tonnes Cement Bound Granular Material (CBGM).
The contract was awarded after a year-long process of Early Contractor Involvement (ECI), in which Aggregate showed a desire to provide a ‘world class’ service through collaborative behaviours and innovative products, IT solutions and processes.
Mark Berg, Project Director for the IDT (A14 Integrated Delivery Team) said Aggregate had shown they have the ‘right collaborative, safety and innovative attributes’ to support the world class delivery of this complex project.
In order to provide a highly sustainable and efficient solution, Aggregate has invested in a new £3.5 million mobile asphalt plant, which can produce 240 tonnes per hour, with two further mobile cementitious continuous mixing plants within the site compounds also planned.
Having manufacturing units on site will lower the impact of operations on the local community and the network.
Paddy Murphy, Director of Contracting at Aggregate Industries, said the joint aim of Aggregate and IDT was to ‘collaboratively deliver the works on time and on budget’, whilst guaranteeing everyone was kept safe by implementing industry-leading health and safety standards.
He added that ‘leaving a legacy’ was vital to the project and they are committed to playing a part in providing local employment opportunities and apprenticeships to provide long term benefits to the region.
Chris Hudson, Managing Director of Asphalt and Readymix at Aggregate Industries said this project, and others including the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Project and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, shows it is a trusted provider and added the investment into the new asphalt plant further emphasises the company’s commitment to delivering this project.
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