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.”
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