Aggregate Industries

Aggregate Industries produce and supply construction materials including aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and pre-cast concrete products.

Objective 4 (Theme 2)

Advocate design that enhances

  • cGAPS Guide to Good Practice
    Research project partner in the development of company GAP guidance to enable quarrying companies to realise the potential of their geodiversity ‘assets’ and to engage with the planning system, local communities and nature conservation, as an affordable and integral part of their commercial operations.

Objective 5 (Theme 3)

Establish audit

  • Geodiversity auditing
    AI assisted the facilitation of a ‘Geodiversity Audit of Active Aggregates Quarries’ in the Mendips region. In 2004, detailed examination of numerous geological features at each of these sites was recorded and reported to Somerset County Council.

  • Parish Geodiversity Audits in Devon: Raising Awareness of Local Geo-distinctiveness in the Community
    As part of the Devon Aggregates and Biodiversity Project - a partnership between Aggregate Industries and Devon County Council - geodiversity audits of up to 10 parishes. A project to develop the objectives of the Devon Biodiversity Action Plan (2005) within and around quarry sites operated by AI in Devon. The Parish Geodiversity Audit Project specifically aimed to: Document the geological heritage of the parishes surrounding selected AI quarry sites; Establish the geodiversity context of the working quarry site within the broader Parish (building on the Geodiversity Audit of Active Aggregate Quarries in Devon, 2003); Relate this interest to the wider geological context of the County of Devon; Identify opportunities for geological conservation, education and interpretation, with an emphasis on the role that local communities might play. The approach developed to meet the aim, included elements of geological and landscape survey using CCW LANDMAP methodology for Geological Landscape.

  • Individual quarry GAPs
    Production of GAPs for Aggregate Industry quarries, for example, Bardon Hill Quarry GAP. Desired actions include developing viewing platforms, a telescope, interpretation boards, a rock park etc.

Objective 8 (Theme 4)

Share good practice

  • cGAPS Guide to Good Practice
    Research project partner in the development of company GAP guidance to enable quarrying companies to realise the potential of their geodiversity ‘assets’ and to engage with the planning system, local communities and nature conservation, as an affordable and integral part of their commercial operations.

Objective 9 (Theme 5)

Make relevant to the wider world

  • Public engagement
    In recent times the Mendip quarry companies have developed a very close and proactive relationship with visiting groups and the public. AI has offered pre-booked visits to Torr Works quarry, to individual members of the public, schools and colleges, and geological and other interest groups are also hosted.

  • Public liaison
    Holme Park Quarry liaison management committee includes representatives fromCumbria County Council, Parish Councils, Aggregate Industries and Natural England. The Committee put together an integrated package of works designed to mitigate the impact of extraction activities and to improve the quality of life for local communities. The Liaison Committee employed a Project Officer to manage dry stone wall restoration to allow stock to graze the site, to provide flora with a rich habitat. Improved access means that the area has been opened up as a resource for recreation and for educational purposes for local schools. On-site interpretation boards and leaflets enable local communities to find out more about the wildlife and geology on their doorstep, and how human intervention has influenced the landscape.

  • Parish Geodiversity Audits in Devon: Raising Awareness of Local Geo-distinctiveness in the Community
    As part of the Devon Aggregates and Biodiversity Project - a partnership between Aggregate Industries and Devon County Council - geodiversity audits of up to 10 parishes. A project to develop the objectives of the Devon Biodiversity Action Plan (2005) within and around quarry sites operated by AI in Devon. The Parish Geodiversity Audit Project specifically aimed to: Document the geological heritage of the parishes surrounding selected AI quarry sites; Establish the geodiversity context of the working quarry site within the broader Parish (building on the Geodiversity Audit of Active Aggregate Quarries in Devon, 2003); Relate this interest to the wider geological context of the County of Devon; Identify opportunities for geological conservation, education and interpretation, with an emphasis on the role that local communities might play. The approach developed to meet the aim, included elements of geological and landscape survey using CCW LANDMAP methodology for Geological Landscape.

  • Individual quarry GAPs
    Production of GAPs for Aggregate Industry quarries, for example, Bardon Hill Quarry GAP. Desired actions include developing viewing platforms, a telescope, interpretation boards, a rock park etc.

Objective 11 (Theme 5)

Create resources to help integrate geodiversity into learning

  • Contributions to GeoConservationUK Education Project (Earth Science On-Site)
    The GeoconservationUK Education Project [Earth Science On-Site] uses former aggregates sites to develop and publish examples of high quality Earth Science field teaching activities for schools. Aggregate Industries has some of its quarries included in the programme.

  • Public engagement
    In recent times the Mendip quarry companies have developed a very close and proactive relationship with visiting groups and the public. AI has offered pre-booked visits to Torr Works quarry, to individual members of the public, schools and colleges, and geological and other interest groups are also hosted.

  • Somerset Earth Science Centre
    Education centre that contributes to National Curriculum studies of the connection between quarrying and things used in homes on a daily basis. Up to 32 children can be accommodated at the Centre at Moons Hill Quarry and all teaching material is linked to the National Curriculum. Activities are led by experienced Study Centre staff and include classroom sessions to study different rock types and their uses, the use of limestone and quarry safety. Quarry tours cover the entire process of extraction of rock, from drilling to processing and transportation and a fieldwork visit to a second site looks at regional geology, archaeology, ecology and geography. Geologists, university students, adult history groups and local interest groups also use the Centre.