Construction Industry Update – July 2022

  Heavyside material producers predict slowing sales Building material producers are bracing themselves for slowing sales in the months ahead as client householders think twice about projects amid rampant cost inflation. The latest trade survey of members of the Construction Products Association found that nearly a third of heavyside producers expect sales to fall in […]

Operational Quarry and its existing benching

Mineral Supply Action Needed Before 2042

  It has been reported that early action is required to maintain essential minerals supply beyond 2042. The Town & Country Planning (Minerals) Act 1981 looked to introduce an end date for all historic planning permission for mineral working across Great Britain. This was set at 22nd February 2042. This deadline applies to a variety […]

Construction Industry Update – June 2022

  Tender price inflation to soar to 10% this year Cost consultants Arcadis is warning the spectre of stagflation could hit construction as soaring materials inflation and risk allowances in tenders delay project pipelines. It estimates that disruption caused by the Ukraine War has magnified existing supply chain problems adding 3 to 5% to the […]

Riprap

What is Riprap?

Riprap is a rock that is used to protect land or structures from rushing water. These rocks are stacked together to provide a protective barrier to anything that is behind it. It is made up of large durable rocks usually between 300mm – 700mm in size. Riprap is also referred to as Rock Armour Where […]

Construction Industry Update – May 2022

  Office work uplift returns construction output to growth Construction output returned to 1.7% growth in March after sliding during the storms in February. It is the first time private commercial work has emerged as a growth driver since the pandemic, recording a 4% rise in March. Private housing repair and maintenance also saw strong […]

Construction Industry Update – April 2022

  February storms dampen construction output The week long battering by storms, Dudley, Eunice and Franklin dampened construction output in February as more working days were lost. Monthly construction output slipped by 0.1% due to lost time and project delays. The main contributors to the decline in February were new infrastructure, and non-housing repairs and […]

Recycled Aggregates being produced

The Recycled Aggregate Production Process

Stone reserves in the UK are in limited quantities which makes finding a sustainable alternative that doesn’t require raw stone material an important issue. By recycling demolition wastes we can reduce the amount of stone needed to meet the demand of the construction industry. In 2020, recycled aggregates made up 25% of the total aggregate […]

Quarried Aggregates: How Are They Produced?

Quarried aggregates are an important part of the UK economy. They account for 85% of the non-energy minerals extracted in the UK. The construction industry heavily relies on aggregates to help improve the UK’s infrastructure. in 2017, over 176 million tonnes of quarried aggregates were produced across Great Britain, making up 70% of the total […]

What is Gabion Stone?

A Gabion Stone is a large natural stone, generally between 80mm-200mm in size. They are used to fill wire cages known as Gabion Baskets, which are generally used to quickly create inexpensive but aesthetically pleasing retaining walls. Due to their natural and angular look they are now widely used across construction & landscaping to help […]

Construction Industry Update – March 2022

  Ukraine war to trigger fresh wave of timber price rises The trade body, Timber Development UK, is warning the marketing to brace for a new wave of price volatility in the wake of a call to ban ‘conflict timber’. The war in Ukraine will directly effect the supplies of Russian Siberian Larch and wood […]

Construction Industry Update – February 2022

Work exceeds pre-pandemic level after 13% output rise in 2021 Construction activity has overtaken its pre-pandemic level after output rebounded 12.7% last year. Official figures from the Office of National Statistics show construction enjoyed an r-shaped rebound in output from the pandemic. It was helped by the industry’s big effort to return to work after […]

MOT Type 1 crushing

MOT Type 1 Subbase: What is it?

What is MOT Type 1 Sub-base? MOT Type 1 Subbase or just Type 1 Subbase is a granular crushed aggregate. It is used as a subbase in construction work. Aggregate material is crushed to 40mm down to dust. This mixture of sizes makes it great for compaction, making it extremely strong with great loading bearing […]

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