Harper Lane

Tarmac invests in cutting-edge asphalt plant

Tarmac has unveiled a state-of-the-art asphalt plant inside the M25 at Harper Lane, Hertfordshire.

This is part of Tarmac’s strategy to support the UK’s infrastructure growth, including the planned £15bn investment in strategic roads, which will see 1,300 new miles of lanes added to motorways and A-roads over the next five years.

The £6.6m plant replaces an older 1960s operation. It has greater capacity, is more efficient, and can manufacture a wider range of products, including lower temperature asphalts.
Key points:
• The plant boosts Tarmac’s capacity to supply sustainable asphalt solutions into London and the South East
• The first UK plant to use high capacity cold Recycled Asphalt Planings (RAP) technology to create mixes containing up to 55% recycled content, supporting Tarmac’s commitment to increase the amount of waste materials it re-uses each year
• Reduces CO2 levels and produces a wide range of sustainable construction solutions, including lower temperature asphalts, which can reduce the carbon footprint of road projects by 15 to 25%
• Harper Lane has rail links, bringing essential road stone directly into the South East to supply the region’s 18 new major road projects, which include upgrading one-third of the junctions on the M25, and improvements to the A27
• The plant is a Benninghoven BA5000U – supplied by Wirtgen.

Gibbs Surfacing was pleased to work with Tarmac on this exciting project. Tarmac were keen to use the surfaced areas to show case their Ulti Products range that included UltiPave, UltiFinish, UltiSheild, UltiDrive, UltiGrip, UltiFastpave.

Westonbirt Arboretum

The new Welcome Building at the National Arboretum in Westonbirt was opened by The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretummarking the first phase of an exciting redevelopment of the site.

Nestled in the Cotswolds, this major redevelopment includes improved visitor facilities as well as a new interpretation centre where visitors will learn more about the arboretum’s history, and the science behind caring for the world-class collection of trees and their landscape. The Duchess of Cornwall propagated a (Stewartiasinensis) treesapling that officially marks the opening of the new facilities.

The new Welcome Building provides a ‘launch pad’ for visitors arriving at the arboretum. From there, they can now choose to follow the picturesque routes carefully laid out by the arboretum’s Victorian creator Robert Holford in the mid-19th Century.

Putting visitor experience at the top of the agenda, the Forestry Commission and Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum have made this investment to provide visitor facilities worthy of this world-class scientific and heritage site.

The £4.3m Westonbirt Project, which also includes restoring the Grade 1 registered downland and activities plans, has been funded by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum, the Forestry Commission, a £1.9m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a £500,000 Biffa Award and gifts from foundations, trusts and generous individual givers.

Westonbirt attracts over 350,000 visits per year and is known worldwide for its spectacular autumn colour and the spring rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays. The arboretum is popular for groups, individuals and educational visits.

Gibbs Surfacing was pleased to be awarded this prestigious project and work with the Forestry Commission England. Apart from the standard binder (AC20) a SMA10 Surface Industrial 40/60 Limestone was used.

Stonehenge Visitor Centre

Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. More than a million visitors explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. There is a world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and where visitors come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.

The Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Programme is supported by donors including The Heritage Lottery Fund, The Monument Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, Fidelity UK Foundation, The Linbury Trust, The Headley Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said: “Stonehenge is one of the UK’s most iconic sites, undeniably worthy of its Unesco world heritage status, attracting one million tourists every year from the UK and all over the world.
“So it’s only right that, after decades of indecision, we can now offer them a visitor exhibition centre and experience they deserve.”
Gibbs Surfacing was pleased to be awarded this prestigious project and work with English Heritage. Apart from the standard base (AC32) , binder (AC20) and surface course (AC10 ) Gibbs layedUlticolour 10mm Buff Natural Quartzite.