Tufflex HD+: sustainable solution improves durability

Rochdale Borough Council has used a heavy-duty asphalt mix to improve the lifespan of a road junction servicing one of the busiest industrial estates in Europe. On one side of the junction is the entrance to a 200-acre distribution park, while on the other is a quarry. And there are major interchanges with the M62 […]


SAMI: cracking solution 10 years on

In 2008, the A45 near Northampton was resurfaced using a new asphalt technology designed to prevent reflective cracking – and, a decade later, the road surface is still performing well. The product used is a high-performance asphalt stress-absorbing membrane interlayer (SAMI), which was developed by Tarmac to tackle the issues associated with concrete roads overlaid […]


Site mixed asphalt innovation

Recent developments in both mobile asphalt heaters and materials have enabled the mixing of small quantities of asphalt at the point of use for minor highways defects and utility reinstatements. This history of small hot asphalt mixers dates back to 1999, when Leicestershire County Council first approached RSL Fabrications to manufacture a machine that could […]


Warm mix asphalt, A66, Cumbria

Hanson spreads the benefits of warm asphalt

Use of warm asphalts promises environmental benefits of energy saving, lower emissions and enhanced durability and to this list can now be added technical advantages, including extended compactibility in cold weather and quicker reopening of roads to traffic.


New Wainright asphalt plant

State of the art new asphalt plant near Bristol: Wainwright has opened a new £9 million asphalt plant in Avonmouth, Bristol, to extend its reach across the South West. Construction of the 4.5 acre site was completed earlier this year and the plant will have the capacity to produce 240 tonnes of asphalt per hour […]


Recycled aggregates, TfL trial

The construction industry is facing increasing pressure from policymakers to become more resource efficient due to it being both the UK’s largest industrial producer of waste and largest consumer of natural resources. According to the UK Green Building Council, the sector uses more than 400 million tonnes of material every year and both the EU’s Circular Economy Package and the London Circular Economy Route Map (a scheme led by the London Waste and Recycling Board) highlight that construction’s support is critical to making the shift to a circular economy – a concept which aims to maximise the lifecycle of resources as much as possible.


Steelflow, St George’s Bridge, Doncaster

Thin layer surfacing adds steel to bridge’s asphalt
A high performance steel slag based asphalt has been used to replace the surface of St George’s Bridge in Doncaster. The 620 metre dual-carriageway bridge, built in 2001, is a crucial gateway into the town centre, carrying around 44,000 vehicles a day. A refurbishment project for Doncaster Council included replacing corroded movement joints, bridge drainage works and allied junction improvements as well as the carriageway resurfacing.