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Building our future

We are very clear about who we are and what we believe in. From our quarries and plants come the essential construction materials that help build homes, workplaces, and leisure spaces.

We lay the roads that our cars and lorries travel on and the ballast that our railway network is built on. We help bridge roads and rivers, lakes and valleys.

Our products are used to build tunnels, dams and coastal defences. They grace our gardens and our stately homes. They protect our farm animals and even fertilise our fields.

Our core outputs

Our core outputs are aggregates and cement, from which we produce a range of value-added products including asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and specialist building products, and we deliver surfacing solutions as a further route to market for our essential construction materials.



A balanced portfolio of high-quality assets


>100

quarries

>50

asphalt plants

>170

ready-mixed concrete plants

2

cement plants


We are supplying structurally attractive markets

We are a leading heavyside construction materials supplier in GB and Ireland where we benefit from increasing Government infrastructure spending plans and robust residential and building markets. Our products are used to build essential economic and social assets in structurally attractive end-markets with broad Government support and long-term pipelines. 


Great Britain

In GB we operate an extensive nationwide network of quarries and downstream operations, extending from Stornoway in the Hebrides to Hampshire in the south of England.

Our vertically-integrated downstream operations are asset-backed by substantial mineral reserves and resources and supported by a nationwide fleet of delivery vehicles for all products. Our surfacing business delivers surfacing for both minor and major infrastructure projects, utilising our asphalt and aggregate outputs.

In combination, our strong reserve base and fully vertically integrated operations yield economies of scale. Our highly localised sales and distribution model, serving a diverse range of customers, reflects the nature of our products and enables agile commercial decision-making.

The GB market remains highly fragmented and we are well positioned to secure further acquisitions to extend our geographic and product portfolio.


Ireland

Our network of quarries and downstream operations runs alongside a significant and highly regarded surfacing business.

We undertake surfacing as well as major infrastructure and highway maintenance contracts throughout Ireland. Our network of quarries, asphalt and ready-mixed concrete plants is growing to meet the demand from our downstream operations.

The division has well-established positions across the Island of Ireland with strong growth prospects.

The business has an excellent surfacing track record, including specialist expertise in airport runway surfacing and has recently completed the prestigious Cork Airport runway project.



Cement

Our cement division operates two well-invested plants in GB and Ireland, capable of producing more than two million tonnes of cement annually.

The Hope cement plant is the UK’s largest by capacity and has maintained more than 97% reliability for the past three years. The Kinnegad plant near Dublin is one of the most modern in Europe and is powered by 75% alternative fuels.

The Hope business operates a network of four import/export terminals, a major bagging plant outside London and a rail-linked distribution network with more than a million tonnes of throughput capacity.

We complement flexible bulk supply with higher-margin bagged products distributed to markets in GB and Ireland, coupled with cementitious import capacity. The rail links from Hope to regional depots help to reduce distribution costs and environmental impacts.



Creating sustainable value over the long-term

Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in our purpose – to make a material difference to the lives of our colleagues, customers and communities – and this is embedded as a key part of our corporate strategy.


Planet

Making a material difference to the environment

People

Making a material difference to society
 

Places

Making a material difference to the built environment


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