OPINION: 2024: future trends, desirable outcomes

By Brian Kent, National Technical Director, Tarmac As people, we can sometimes expect the future to be radically different to the present, but we need to be realistic. With that in mind, I’m not going to try and future gaze too far ahead but instead, look briefly at the emerging trends, issues and desirable outcomes […]

Changes to concrete ‘recipe’ will help UK construction slash carbon emissions  

One of the most significant changes to the traditional ‘recipe’ for making concrete since the 1980s is set to be introduced in the UK, helping architects and engineers decarbonise the construction of buildings and infrastructure. Changes to standards for concrete have been published by BSI, the business improvement and standards company, and could save 1 […]

Tarmac delivers trio of UK’s lowest carbon road maintenance projects

Three local roads in the north east have become the lowest carbon highways ever to be resurfaced in the UK, thanks to a project that has set a new benchmark for the way roads are maintained. Working in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council together with international partners including Shell, Volvo CE, […]

Tarmac rated ‘Outstanding’ on apprenticeship delivery

Tarmac’s learning and development team has received an Outstanding rating by Ofsted in its first full inspection of its apprenticeship provision. The apprenticeship programme delivered at Tarmac’s National Skills and Safety Park, located at Nether Langwith Quarry, near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, received its first full inspection in early August and Tarmac is currently the only employer […]

Tarmac expands electric vehicle fleet with world-first bond coat sprayer

Tarmac is bringing an electrically powered bond coat sprayer to roads in the UK in a world-first project to support the transition to net zero. Tarmac supplier and highways equipment specialist, DE Plant, part of the Thriplow Group, developed the all-electric vehicle which is the first of its kind and demonstrates the next generation technology […]

Tarmac orders UK’s first battery electric mixer truck

Tarmac has placed an order with Renault Trucks for the first battery electric mixer truck in the UK as part of the company’s commitment to net zero. Due to be delivered in Autumn 2022, the electric mixer will be immediately put to work at Tarmac’s Washwood Heath site in Birmingham, supplying essential construction materials to customers across […]

Tarmac highlights sustainability performance with 2021 report launch

Tarmac, the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions company, has highlighted its commitment to creating a more sustainable built environment with the online publication of its new 2021 Sustainability Report. The report sets out the positive progress the business has been making against its key targets, including the ways that whole-life thinking is […]

<strong>Tarmac leads the change to low temperature asphalt in net zero drive</strong>

Low carbon asphalt is set to become a feature of UK roads as Tarmac makes the most significant sustainable improvement to its range of asphalt mixtures since the business perfected the method of making road surfaces stick in the early twentieth century. The company, whose original founder Edgar Hooley first patented traditional hot mix asphalt […]

Tarmac trials fuel innovation to drive HGV emissions savings

The building materials and construction solutions business Tarmac has begun a trial of a fuel conditioner as part of its corporate commitment reducing emissions across its nationwide fleet of heavy goods vehicles. Working with fuel technology specialist partner SulNOx Group Plc, the business is using a fuel additive on selected vehicles over a three-month period […]

Lancashire delivers first ‘rubber’ road

A new technique using recycled car tyres to resurface roads has been used in Lancashire for the first time. Lancashire County Council has been trialling an innovative asphalt mix using granulated rubber created by Tarmac and has recently resurfaced Abingdon Road, Padiham. Rubber modified asphalts incorporate recycled tyres combined with warm mix asphalt technology and […]


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