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About the quarry
Coldstones Quarry, situated on Greenhow Hill at 1400 feet above sea level, is one of the highest quarries in Britain. Several small limestone quarries operated around Greenhow over the last two centuries and in the early 1900s the surrounding hills were dominated by stone quarries. Gradually these closed until Coldstones became the last working quarry in the area.Operated by Hanson, a member of the Heidelberg Cement Group, it provides aggregates and asphalt for major construction projects across the U.K.
The quarry currently covers an area of about 30 hectares. It is worked on 6 benches, 15-18m high, to a depth of 300m O.D (ordnance datum) at the base of the quarry.
Coldstones provides an average of 600,000 tons of aggregate each year, and supplies building materials into West and North Yorkshire.
Coldstones Quarry has achieved both a 5 Star Environmental Award from the Quarry Products Association and the Harrogate Borough Council Special Award for Environmental Excellence, in recognition of educational work with local schools and its active support of the local heritage.
We advertise our opportunities on the Hanson website, leading online job boards and the print media. We also attend a selection of career events at both national and local levels. Occasionally, recruitment agencies will represent us in attracting specialist skills. We have a preferred suppliers list of recruitment agencies and will accept applications from those so approved.
There is a public viewing platform at Coldstones Quarry called THE COLDSTONES CUT, this is an artist designed viewpoint commissioned by Nidderdale Visual Arts and designed by Andrew Sabin, it is opened to the public at all times and in 2011 was awarded the Bruntwood Award for Arts and Business and the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture. In the MPA Biodiversity Awards in 2013, it won the Special Award.
Coldstones Cut has “Certificate of excellence” on Trip Advisor and gets over 20,000 visitors a year. From here you can see the quarrying operations, including the blasting, extraction and crushing of rock. You can also see the geological strata which make up the quarry and which provide the raw material for its products.
We help charities and voluntary groups in communities close to our sites and offices through the Hanson in the Community scheme. In addition the Hansons Greenhow Landscape and Biodiversity Enhancement Fund offers funds for projects in the Greenhow area.
The Greenhow local history group meets at Coldstones Quarry every Thursday evening.
There are regular visits by local schools, universities and groups but most visitors are recommended to view the site from the Coldstones Cut.
If you are interested in upcoming visits, or would like to arrange one, please use the form below.
The quarry has an estimated life of 10-15 years, and after that time it is anticipated that it will be allowed to green over and return to nature.
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