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RBMR achieve soaring success at Lasham

Raymond Brown Minerals & Recycling create enlarged glider park by recycling on-site concrete

RAYMOND Brown Minerals & Recycling (RBMR) have transformed Lasham airfield using recycled material from the site itself to create one of the largest private glider parks in the country.

Before its refurbishment, the airfield near Alton in Hampshire – home to the Lasham Gliding Society – had six unused concrete areas which limited the landing space for gliders that can only touch down on grass.

Hampshire-based RBMR transformed the facilities by excavating the concrete strips and infilling the area with over with 2,700 tonnes of soil from another part of the site to create a natural grass landscape, providing gliders with more space to land.

The 3,250 tonnes of excavated concrete was crushed on site and the recycled material used to create a 400 square metre glider park on the part of the site from which the soil was taken. The airfield now has a permanent hardstanding for 100 gliders to park, making it one of the biggest in the country.

RBMR works manager Ricky Steele described the project as a great example of what can be achieved using recycled material. ‘All the recycling was carried out on site using one of our mobile crushers, making it some of the most locally sourced material possible,’ he said.

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