Tarmac has taken ownership of two quarries at Keele and Kingsley in Staffordshire which have been supplying clay and shale to Tarmac’s Tunstead cement plant near Buxton for 16 years.
The sites join the Tarmac portfolio from Ibstock Brick ltd and provide important ingredients which blend with the Tunstead limestone to produce the well-known Blue Circle brand of cement which is used in construction projects nationwide.
Chris Bradbury, Tunstead Cement Plant Manager, said: “We are delighted to bring these two quarries into the Tarmac network. They are well established operations with good reserves of minerals for our cement plant, giving us a guaranteed future supply.
“We’re also pleased to welcome former Ibstock employee, Clive Murray, to the Tarmac team. His expertise and knowledge of the site will help us achieve a smooth handover.”
Day-to-day operations at the two sites is unchanged with the majority of the on-site extraction work carried out by a third party. Material continues to be transported to Tunstead via the local road network.
Picture caption: Tarmac’s Tunstead Quarry Operations Manager Phil Shimwell (right) welcomes Clive Murray (left) to the team as Tarmac takes ownership of Keele Quarry (pictured here) and Kingsley Quarry in Staffordshire.