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Shardlow Quarry assists British Army with material sampling
Nature reserve to double in size
Lauren's a woman on a mission
2 December 2016

Shardlow Quarry assists British Army with material sampling

British Army using Shardlow Quarry for accreditation.
In November Shardlow quarry received a request from the British Army for some help. The 530 Specialist Team Royal Engineers based at Chilwell Barracks in Nottinghamshire, carries out construction operations for the 66 Works Group within the Royal Engineers and they requested assistance with getting UKAS accreditation for sampling construction materials from stocks. The army do not hold stocks themselves and asked if Hanson would allow them to sample some materials from our stocks, by their staff, whilst being assessed by a UKAS Assessor. Quarry manager, Paul Lagram says, “We were happy to...
1 December 2016

Nature reserve to double in size

Nature reserve to double in size.
A further 96 hectares of restored land at Needingworth in Cambridgeshire has been handed over to the RSPB as part of a 30-year partnership project to create a wildlife nature reserve from a working sand and gravel quarry. The new land will double the size of the Ouse Fen reserve, making it bigger than 200 football pitches and setting it on the way to becoming the UK’s largest reedbed. The Hanson-RSPB wetland project at Needingworth is the largest planned nature conservation restoration scheme of its kind in Europe. It began in 2001 and is primarily being created for bitterns, a species that...
10 November 2016

Lauren's a woman on a mission

Lauren Kinch with colleague, Zak Cusack at Craig yr Hesg.
Craig yr Hesg asphalt plant operator Lauren Kinch is keen to encourage more women into the traditionally male-dominated industry. The 26-year-old has only worked at the plant near Pontypridd since January, but is already running the heavy machinery and has built up respect from male colleagues. She was encouraged to apply for the job by her brother Dan who is now area production supervisor, but was supervisor at the time. “Some were apprehensive about a woman starting here,” said Lauren. “However, after the first few weeks of seeing me out shovelling in the rain and getting covered in dirt...

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