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Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 4 No 4

This summer, as cycling fever gripped the

nation, Aggregate Industries were racing under

exceptional circumstances to ensure that the

world’s cycling elite had a smooth ride during

Stage 2 of this year’s Tour de France.

Taking place in Yorkshire, 1.5 million people

lined the streets to cheer on the racers includ-

ing 2013 winner, Chris Froome. However, behind

the scenes Aggregate Industries Contracting and

Asphalt divisions managed to resurface 70,000 m²

of carriageway over a two-month period, which

equated to more than six miles of local roads, to

complete work by May in preparation for the July


Working with private contractor, Amey, who

were awarded a £1.2bn private finance initiative

(PFI) by Sheffield City Council, Aggregate Industries

worked day and night to resurface unsightly pot-

holes and damaged roads.

Within two months, the teams planned the pro-

ject, sourced the materials and got to work on the

roads which covered not only the urban parts of

the route, but also remote, elevated rural roads, as

well as tackling obstacles such as low power cables.

The surfacing teams tack-

led the logistics of the power

cables through innovative

non-tipping trucks (NTTs)

to ensure a speedy and

safe delivery of material.

All materials used came

from Aggregate Industries’

Sheffield plant, the largest

state-of-the-art asphalt plant in the UK.

Laying around 11,285 tonnes of asphalt material

for the Tour de France preparations, Aggregate In-

dustries provided Foamix, foamed bitumen asphalt,

and the Superflex asphalt.

Used to resurface areas that ranged from 35 mm

to 200 mm deep, the Superflex asphalt provided a

binder course layer to combine the properties of

high fatigue resistance with excellent deformation


Working with its supply chain members, Tripod

Crest and MAC Surfacing, using Vogele Titan 473

pavers, the work was completed in time for the sec-

ond stage of the world famous cycle race.

Peter Cannon, Director of Contracting Services

at Aggregate Industries, said:

“We had to work towards an extremely tight

deadline and had to overcome difficulties

such as the power lines and the remoteness

of the rural roads. But, once again, we

showed our innovation to ensure that the

project was completed in time.”

Aggregate Industries

Smooth Ride

for Tour de