Building materials firm snapped up by major construction group

Aggregate Industries has acquired a supplier of primary and recycled construction materials, as it looks to boost its position in the market.

Land Recovery has been snapped up to expand the firm’s access to construction demolition materials, as Land Recovery recycled more than 300,000 tons last year.

It supplies primary rail ballast, handling and treating spent ballast and recycles it either for the rail network or back into the value chain to create products such as readymix, precast concrete and asphalt.

Founded in 1982 by the Beecroft Family, Land Recovery employs 85 people plus 18 contractors, across four sites. Its main UK operations base is located in Stoke-on-Trent, where it conducts the majority of its business. It also has a rail yard site in Dewsbury in West Yorkshire along with quayside sites at Lowestoft in East Anglia and Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Leicestershire-based Aggregate Industries forms part of the Holcim group, a Swiss multinational company that has a presence in around 60 countries and employs around 63,000 employees.

Dragan Maksimovic, CEO of Aggregate Industries and Head of Region West Europe at Holcim, said: “We are extremely happy to announce the acquisition of Land Recovery and welcome them to Aggregate Industries UK and Holcim.

“This acquisition further strengthens our position in the CDM market and, in line with other recent investments, reinforces our ambition to be the UK circularity market leader by 2030. There is a very clear alignment between Land Recovery’s growth ambitions and our vision to increase the amount of CDM we process and recycle every year. Its strategic site locations in the country also allows us to introduce circular products to new regions utilising shipping and rail transport networks.”

Dan Beecroft, Managing Director of Land Recovery, said: “We’re really looking forward to taking the business forward with Aggregate Industries. This allows us to continue our ambitious growth plans and to develop our offering. It is really beneficial to be part of a leading UK and global company which has a clear vision for circularity and to be able to have access to their networks and expertise.”