Mrs Debbonaire, who has been MP of Bristol West since 2015, took an exclusive tour of the facility in St Phillips to understand how through recycling asphalt and its component parts, the site is helping the meet the government’s ambitious targets to halve greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the construction sector by 2025. Mrs Debonnaire also learnt more about the company’s pioneering Express Asphalt service.
Designed to make the process of asphalt supply much simpler and quicker, the Express Asphalt offering includes a ‘click and collect’ service with a guaranteed turnaround of 30 minutes for single loads of standard products. Essentially, it enables busy customers to order asphalt, or tools and equipment, and pick it up from any one of the business’ 41 Express Asphalt depots nationwide.
Mrs Debbonaire also saw how the Bristol plant, one of three specialist mixing plants across the UK, produces Aggregate Industries’ SuperColour, a range of distinctly coloured asphalts increasingly used for colour demarcation of bus lanes, cycle lanes, sports landscaping and parks and natural areas.
The highly-successful visit involved an engaging discussion between Mrs Debonnaire and key Aggregate Industries’ staff such as Andrew Newell, Area Manager on significant issues including gender diversity, asphalt recycling as well as the benefits of SuperColour and the Express Asphalt service.
Andrew Newell, Area Manager at Aggregate Industries, said: “Today’s visit was a fantastic opportunity for us to show Mrs Debonnaire how the pioneering Express Asphalt business at our Bristol plant is delivering a quick and efficient service to utility, local authority and groundwork contractors within Bristol and surrounding areas. Meanwhile our high-quality coloured asphalts are meeting the growing appetite for colour demarcation in local infrastructure. We also hope we were able to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability by showing how we successfully recycle asphalt and its components parts.”
Mrs Debbonaire added: “I’d like to say thank you to Aggregate Industries for inviting me to visit their Bristol Express Asphalt site. During the visit I was particularly interested to learn how a robust recycling strategy is essential for cutting carbon emissions from the construction materials sector, both on a national and local level.”