We offer a broad scope of crushed quarry stone products to meet all of your aggregate needs. Our crushed stone products are produced in various sizes as small as 1/4 inch stone and as large as heavy stone boulders. Our friendly and highly trained associates will promptly address your product questions and product requirements.
Granite quarrying has been at the heart of communities in Charnwood for at least 250 years and has been carried out in many different ways since Roman times. The first known site in Mountsorrel was located at the present-day Castle Hill area in the village.
Initially, the stone was transported by horse and cart but in 1794 the cutting of the Grand Union Canal allowed carriage by barge. In the 1800s quarrying continued to flourish. The Mountsorrel Granite Company, run by the local Martin family, was formed in 1854 and operated four sites Broad Hill, Hawcliffe Hill, Nunckley Hill and Cocklow Wood.
Mountsorrels distinctive, pink granite was in great demand so much so that it became clear a more efficient form of transport was necessary. Following an act of Parliament in 1858 to build an extension to the Midland Counties Railway, Broad Hill Quarry became the first industrial operation to have its own branch line and sidings at Barrow-upon-Soar. The famous 1860 bridge was constructed to carry the line over the River Soar. A further branch line was opened in 1896 linking to the Great Central line. Three distribution channels were now available: road, rail and canal, helping the company widen its market and significantly boost business.
In the 1960s Redland Roadstone bought the Mountsorrel Granite Company hailing a new era of development and investment. Broad Hill quarry ceased production in 1967 with operations then concentrated on the Cocklow Wood area adjoining Wood Lane (the location of the present primary stone surge pile). Then in the early 1970s larger scale quarrying began in a new area of Buddon Wood the site of todays Mountsorrel Quarry. This major development included the installation of one of the worlds largest rock crushers.
In the late 1990s, French-owned Lafarge acquired Redland PLC. Around the same time, Anglo-American one of the worlds largest mining and natural resource businesses procured leading aggregates and building materials company Tarmac Group UK.
In 2013, Lafarge Tarmac was established a 50:50 joint venture between Lafarge and Anglo-Americans Tarmac Group subsidiary. Lafarge Tarmac managed the quarry until 2015 when CRH plc, the international leader in building materials, acquired the company and launched Tarmac as it is today.
Now the UKs leading sustainable building products and construction solutions business, Tarmac combines the knowledge and expertise of two of the construction industrys most iconic brands: Tarmac, the pioneers of the modern road and Blue Circle, the company that patented Portland Cement.
Our innovative products and solutions not only safely deliver the infrastructure needed to grow the UK economy today but also help to create a more sustainable built environment for the countrys long-term future. We have contributed to some of the UKs biggest construction projects, including The Sainsbury Laboratory, Wembley Stadium, Heathrow Terminal 5, Blackpool Sea Defences, The Shard and London 2012.
The company has over 150 years of experience and directly employs around 8,000 people across a nationwide network of over 400 sites. Our solutions span aggregates, asphalt, cement, lime, readymix concrete, offsite manufacture, road contracting, highways maintenance and infrastructure services, building products and recycling services. This unique combination of people, technology and assets enables us to offer customers unrivalled choice, innovation and flexibility.
Following the submission of a planning application in 2015, we achieved planning consent to extend the north-east area of Mountsorrel quarry. This has allowed us to progress plans to relocate the primary crusher the machinery that processes the large rocks excavated from the quarry into smaller pieces.
The existing equipment, originally installed in the 1970s, will be demolished and replaced with a semi-mobile primary crusher that will be located in the extended section of the quarry. This will shorten our haul distance between the blasting and crushing areas, which in turn will reduce the impacts of dust and noise for the benefit of residents living nearby. We anticipate that this project will be completed by 2020.
Once the works are finished, the site of the former crusher will become an information area for members of the community and visitors to the area to come along and learn more about how the quarry works and what we produce.
In 2015 we purchased Quorn House and the surrounding 120 acres of parkland, which sits adjacent to the north of the quarry. We have since established an office in the building, which houses around 35 Tarmac employees.
We employ over 100 members of staff in a variety of roles, including on-the-ground operational jobs and office-based jobs. From excavating and processing the rock blasted from the quarry to managing our commercial relationships with suppliers, there is a wealth of opportunity available across the business.Many members of our team have a personal connection with Mountsorrel Quarry by following decades of family tradition to pursue a career in quarrying. Today, we are pleased to have different generations of family members working together and some who can trace their family connections back through three or four generations.
With 150 years of experience and heritage to our name, we're a national network of local businesses, combining the knowledge and expertise of two of the construction industry's most iconic brands: Tarmac, pioneers and inventors of the modern road, and Blue Circle, the company that patented Portland Cement.
This approach to improving safety extends across our supply chain and to every aspect of our business - from the way we manage sites and the way train and equip our employees and contractors - to the safety features we install in our vehicles to protect road users.
We're proud to work with experts in the field of Health and Safety, such as the British Safety Council and The Health and Safety Executive and are also one of the founding partners of a mental health programme for people working in the construction sector called Mates in Mind.
We also have a brand new National Skills and Safety Park - 'The Park' - that is home to operational onboarding, professional operational training, assessments and health and safety learning, demonstrating our commitment to building the right safety culture as well as creating an enhanced experience for employees.
Located in the East Midlands, Mountsorrel Quarry supplies the construction industry with large volumes of essential materials, which are used for construction projects across the region and throughout the UK
Our rail distribution network is the largest in Leicestershire, which means we can transport our rock efficiently and sustainably. Crucially, we are able to send materials to construction projects based in the busy southern regions of England that have no hard rock reserves of their own.
The rest of the materials we transport from the quarry are delivered by road to serve local demand. In 1990 we built Granite Way a dedicated road that enables traffic from the quarry to get onto the major highway network without passing through the villages.
Locally, our stone has been used in the asphalt used to carry out essential highways upgrades, including the construction and resurfacing of the A46 trunk road, the widening of the A453 from the M1 into Nottingham. It has also been used for the extension of the Nottingham tramway.
Rail ballast is the stone you can see in between and underneath the railway tracks that helps to keep the steel rails in place as trains pass over them. The ballast is made using the rock we extract from the quarry, which is crushed and sized to the required measurements. We then transport the stone from our railhead at Barrow-upon-Soar to Network Rail depots up and down the country.
Even though it is a popularly adopted hardscaping material, it has a number of disadvantages, which is what this article is about. Read on to find out the most common disadvantages of decomposed granite.
This is a natural occurring DG that is not mixed with any additive. It is usually installed and compacted using a Vibraplate. This enables the particles to fuse together and stay in place. Theyre often used for seating areas, parks, and pathways with less traffic.
Stabilized DG is mixed with stabilizing agents that help to bind the particles together and keep them in place. The particles become packed together and have a tough and hard appearance. This helps to reduce erosion and some other problems associated with the use of DG.
This is the most expensive type and the most preferred for high traffic areas. It involves mixing DG with resin to bind the particles together turning them to an asphalt-like material. The surface becomes hard and the texture is altered. And the sandy appearance is eliminated.
Decomposed granite tends to get muddy during the winter when there is high rainfall. DG is composed of granite fines and small pieces of granite; this combination has a high tendency of fusing together with the presence of water. This results in DG changing its form from loose to muddy.
This process doesnt occur with gravels. Its a problem that is specific to DG. It can, however, be reduced by the introduction of resins. But this is quite expensive and can be a tough step when you need DG in large quantities for a large hardscaping project.
Not only can it grow weeds, but it can also grow moss. Weeds and moss are a great challenge that you have to face with DG. This will require you to frequently rake it to remove the unwanted visitors. When you use DG in your patio, you need to have in mind that it is not maintenance free like having concrete on your walkway.
The presence of weeds and moss will alter the appearance of your environment and will keep the installed DG from looking as beautiful as you expect. You have to frequently rake it to avoid this. This could be tiring if you have to do it alone.
Except when used with additives, DG has a very high tendency to erode. And it tends to erode over time even when additives are used. It is made of rocks that have weathered and can easily fracture into smaller pieces. This makes it susceptible to erosion, especially during the winter when the rainfall is high.
Erosion causes a reduction in quantity and changes the appearance of your walkway, patio, or environment in general. This can happen in a short while or overtime, depending on the type of DG in question. Natural DG without additives erodes quickly while DG with additives takes more time to erode.
DG is more preferable and more suitable for use in areas with less rainfall. This is obviously due to its nature. The particles have a tendency to become muddy and erode over time as a result of frequent rainfall.
Although DG is permeable and allows water to percolate and seep through to the ground, it retains water, which also has an effect on its features. The retained water makes it muddy and messy. As a result, the environment may become uncomfortable and inconvenient for easy movement on foot.
The problem of erosion is even more challenging when you have to refill with the same color of DG. Getting the exact match is sometimes very difficult. It could be out of stock and may not be available for a long time due to several reasons.
This is a common occurrence, especially when you place DG near the entrance of your home. The granite can be tracked in by anyone or even your pet. This can cause damage if you have hardwood flooring. You may have to install a floor mat to avoid this damage. In this case, the debris will be trapped in the mat and youll have to sweep it off regularly. This means more work in terms of maintenance in order to keep the environment clean.
Another problem associated with mixing DG with resin is that it becomes asphalt-like material. The end result is more asphalt-like than DG-like, and this may become less desirable for the original purpose its needed for.
I live in the desert SouthWest and ripped out my grass this year in favor of desert landscaping with DG. Lately, the area around my plants have been collecting a white residue -which looks like salt. Is there a way to avoid this or remove it?