London Gateway will be the UK’s first 21st Century deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Aggregate Industries has chartered new waters for transport of goods via the Thames, delivering a single shipment of 86,813 tonnes of aggregates.



Aggregate Industries has charted new waters for transport of goods via the Thames, delivering a single shipment of 86,813 tonnes of aggregates to within twenty miles of London. Commissioned as part of DP World’s £1.5bn London Gateway, the delivery was made possible by works carried out by LORDI JV, a joint venture of Laing O’Rourke and Dredging International.


As residents of London were tucking into their breakfast on a cold February morning, Aggregate Industries was breaking records on their doorstep. As part of the ground-breaking London Gateway development, the team on bulk cargo vessel MV Yeoman Bridge became the first to get a ship of its size and draft so close to the capital. It delivered a shipment of 85,813 tonnes of aggregate from Glensanda quarry to within 20 miles of central London.

Once offloaded, the aggregate was used by Aggregate Industries own composite pavements division to pave Cement Bound Granular Mixtures (CBGM) at London Gateway to create a heavy duty pavement, at times 800mm deep. Used within the area where containers will be loaded onto freight trains, this is the first time that such deep pavements have been constructed monolithically in the UK - another first for Aggregate Industries.

Delivering that amount of aggregate by road would have meant almost 4,500 return trips by trucks so the delivery significantly reduced associated emissions, fuel consumption and other road use impacts.

The delivery faced multiple challenges such as strong tidal currents, an incomplete quayside and a total discharge operation deadline of 72 hours. The team at London Gateway, supported by personnel from the Isle of Grain, did it in just 46 hours.


Project details

  • Ports


  • Aggregate Industries

    • £1.5bn - The cost of the London Gateway project
    • 85,813 - The tonnes of aggregate delivered by MV Yeomen Bridge vessel
    • 46 hours - The actual number of hours it took to complete delivery.

Capturing this opportunity within a matter of a few weeks and overcoming hurdles epitomises what can be achieved thorugh teamwork within our business

Simon Turk
Aggregate Industries