Multi-solution offering for stabilisation materials, meeting logistical challenges and providing high quality supplementary aggregate products.



Sainsbury’s has invested £100 million to create a new distribution facility in Daventry. The warehouse, which will be serviced by freight rail and commercial vehicle access, has been specifically designed to support its increasingly popular general merchandise business, which is growing at twice the rate of its traditional food offering.

Creating 9,000 jobs for the local area, the hub is situated on the Prologis Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal expansion site (DIRFT II), on land between the A428 and the A5. Originally occupied by a large Eddie Stobart depot, the land became available as a brownfield site and required some stabilisation ground works before building could commence.

For this aspect of the ground works, contractor VolkerFitzpatrick, one of the UK’s premier engineering and construction companies, required a material suitable for pouring over the entire one million sq ft building site. The material needed to be cost effective and quick and easy to use during the ground works phase of the development. 


Aggregate Industries supplied 70,000 tonnes of Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag (GGBS) for the levelling and stabilisation of the brownfield site. The pouring of the material was a success and work was able to progress on schedule.

Having worked with VolkerFitzpatrick on a number of previous high profile jobs, Aggregate Industries has proved itself to be a knowledgeable and trustworthy partner for multi-product specifications delivered via intelligent logistical solutions. Having supplied the GGBS to this project, Aggregate Industries was invited to supply a number of other aggregate materials for other aspects of the project, which included 30kt of large 6C rock for use in the foundations and drainage.

Project details

  • Commercial warehouses and distribution 

  • Prologis and Sainsbury’s

  • VolkerFitzpatrick

    • Stabilisation materials required for 1 million sq. ft. distribution hub
    • 70,000 tonnes of GGBS material supplied
    • Part of £100m distribution facility for Sainsbury’s in Daventry
    • Supplementary aggregate materials supplied as part of multi-solution offering