Aggregate Industries gets Preston link road job

The contracting division of Aggregate Industries has won and started work on the contract to construct pavement for the £200m Preston Western Distributor Road (PWDR).

The firm said the project is the first major new bypass road to be constructed in the area since the Preston Bypass in 1958 - Britain’s first motorway and now part of the M6.

The new road is the biggest new road programme in the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal and will link Preston and southern Fylde to the M55.

Aggregate Industries said it was awarded the contract by Costain and Lancashire CC and is the sole supplier on the scheme, delivering all the ready mix and aggregates. In 2016, the council awarded Costain an early contractor involvement contract on the project.

Paddy Murphy, managing director of contracting at Aggregate Industries, said: ‘Our aim is to deliver the works on time and on budget, identifying efficiencies where possible, whilst ensuring that we keep everyone safe by implementing industry-leading health and safety standards.’

As part of the project, Aggregate Industries will provide 90,000 tonnes of asphalt, which will be used to build pavements over the next 15 months.

In April, SiteBatch Technologies, Aggregate Industries’ specialised unit, which manufactures and supplies cementitious mixtures to large scale infrastructure projects, commissioned one of its mobile continuous mixing plants on site, to supply 80,000 tonnes of hydraulically bound materials to the project.

The PWDR will link the A583 and the M55 and will involve the construction of:

  • a new motorway junction
  • four new bridges
  • three underpasses

The scheme also includes two new roads connecting to new and existing housing areas of North West Preston and Cottam.

Work on the new road began in autumn 2019; it is scheduled to open in 2023.

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