Materials giant wins £47m road repairs gig

Construction materials heavyweight Aggregate Industries has won a £47m contract to deliver road repairs across Leicester and Leicestershire. 

Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council have handed the Coalville firm the brief to carry out a five-year programme of repairs across 3,000 miles of roads in the city and county.

Works will include excavation and milling, removal of road planings, provision of material and the machine laying and compaction of asphalt materials.

The contract initially runs from July 2023 to July 2024 with an optional extension period of four years to be run over 12-month incremental periods.

Aggregate Industries will work in partnership with the two local authorities to reduce carbon and help support their net-zero ambitions.

Materials will be supplied by the company’s Leicestershire plants at Bardon Hill and Croft.

Jonathan Falls, Midlands area manager of Aggregate Industries’ surfacing solutions division, said: “This is fantastic news and a great recognition of the quality of our approach and service delivery for customers.

“This forms core business for our Midlands team. We’re really proud to be chosen to repair and maintain the roads of Leicester and Leicestershire, especially with it being right on our doorstep and having worked with both authorities as customers for well over 30 years.

“We will work collaboratively with both councils, with an important part of the contract delivery focusing on the need to help deliver low carbon solutions to support the city and county’s net-zero strategies.

“This is something that really resonates with Aggregate Industries and we’re pleased to be able to provide a circular approach by recycling planings from areas of carriageway we repair back into the network. Having big local sites at Bardon and Croft also means less journey time and less emissions.”

Councillor Ozzy O’Shea, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This contract arrangement is a good fit for us, with the company’s head offices local to Leicestershire and they will also deliver carbon-reduction innovations which is a nod to our wider net zero pledge.”

Councillor Adam Clarke, Deputy City Mayor for Transport, Clean Air and Climate Emergency, added: “The work carried out under this contract will be maintenance and repair schemes in local neighbourhoods, which are an important part of our ongoing investment in the city’s highways.”