First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has officially opened CEMEX UK’s new asphalt plant in the city’s Docklands.
This is the first CEMEX asphalt plant in Liverpool, North West England, and represents a total investment of around £4 million.
The plant will also provide employment for six site staff and up to eight drivers, who will transport asphalt to local projects and contracts.
“This is a great new venture for us. In this next month, we will be supplying material for road repair and construction to Derby Road, just 450 metres from the site and Horricks Avenue, five miles away. Previously asphalt would have been supplied from our plants in Manchester or Buxton. The new plant will save time and money for our customers and as important, will reduce the carbon footprint for the contract,” said Les Luxon, CEMEX UK asphalt national commercial manager, based in Liverpool.
“It’s been great to welcome not only the mayor but our country president, Michel Andre; representatives from Parker, the plant manufacturers; customers and colleagues and surprise guest, Steven Gerrard, to join in the celebrations,” concluded Luxon.
Mayor Anderson said: “I’m delighted to officially open the new CEMEX asphalt plant, which represents a significant investment in the North Liverpool Docks area. It means we now have an asphalt plant physically situated in the city of Liverpool.
“We need to invest £300 million over the next seven years to improve the roads and infrastructure in and around our city. The new plant means that the materials needed are available locally, rather than transporting the asphalt from further field. It’s a major benefit from an environmental point of view. In addition it will also help employment directly at the plant and indirectly, through the CEMEX supply chain.
“All in all it’s fantastic news and another positive step for the great city of Liverpool,” Anderson concludes.
The plant is a Parker RS Mobile asphalt plant that produces 160tonnes/hour. A day’s production is enough to cover approximately 10,000m², roughly the area of a large football pitch.
The plant took approximately 10 weeks to build and a time lapse video of the construction can be seen below: