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Mineral collecting at Chipping Sodbury Quarry
Shardlow Quarry assists British Army with material sampling
17 January 2017

Opportunity knocks for our leaders of tomorrow

Fiona Bradshaw.
Our newest group of potential future managers and supervisors may come from different educational backgrounds, but they are all keen and motivated about making the most of their opportunities. Fiona Bradshaw is based at Shardlow quarry and says the following about her first impressions of the programme. “So far, I have been gaining an understanding of how quarries operate from the people who know. Seeing things first hand makes the understanding a lot easier and more memorable, and it is great to visit lots of different sites. I applied with a level three engineering BTEC. The programme aims...
16 January 2017

Mineral collecting at Chipping Sodbury Quarry

Mineral collection at Chipping Sodbury quarry.
Chipping Sodbury Quarry is a large quarry in South Gloucestershire on the edge of the Mendip Hills.  Quarrying has been undertaken in this area for many years but locally, until the 1980’s, the area has also been a large producer of the mineral Celestine for the valuable element it contains, Strontium. This, and other minerals were created as a result of evaporation of lakes (Ref: avonrigscelestine). The mineralisation at Chipping Sodbury Quarry mainly occurs in ancient cave systems and may be...
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...

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