Strategic road network contract for AI
Aggregate Industries appointed to National Highways’ £1.3 billion Pavement Delivery Framework
AGGREGATE Industries have won a place on National Highways’ £1.3 billion Pavement Delivery Framework (PDF), a national contract to maintain surfaces on England’s motorways and A roads.
One of 12 successful companies, Aggregate Industries’ contract covers the supply of materials, plant, and labour to carry out road surfacing and construction works for National Highways’ Operations Division, in both the North and South ‘super’ regions for the next five years.
The new agreements, which run from April 2023 to March 2028, promote the use of low-carbon materials. As part of this focus, National Highways has designated warm-mix asphalt (WMA) as the contract’s default material of choice.
Aggregate Industries, who made the switch to WMA as standard earlier this year, say mixing at temperatures 20–40C lower than hot-mix asphalt (HMA) allows for a significant reduction in CO2 emissions by using less fossil fuels and resources during the manufacturing process.
It is also a more durable product and quicker to lay, meaning roads can be reopened to traffic faster.
Welcoming news of the contract, Thomas Edgcumbe, managing director of Aggregate Industries’ Surfacing Solutions, said: ‘We’re extremely proud to successfully secure a place on this vital framework serving the south and north of the country.
‘We have the knowledge, experience and expertise of working on big strategic infrastructure projects and look forward to delivering on this over the next five years.
‘It is also really important that we will be able to continue our longstanding partnership with National Highways, focusing on carbon reduction, social value, and efficiency.
‘Sustainability is a central pillar of our own business strategy and we have been leading the way on innovating and bringing new low-carbon asphalt products to market.
‘We use warm-mix asphalt as standard and this year have introduced products including SuperLow Carbon and Foamix.’