Padeswood cement works community page
Padeswood Cement Works started up in 1949 following the post-war requirement for cement then owned by the Tunnel Portland Cement Company. In 1986 the company became Castle Cement Limited and then, following the acquisition of Hanson Aggregates by Heidelberg Cement, Hanson and Castle were merged to become Hanson Cement.
Initially there were two wet kilns that were supplemented by a dry kiln in the mid-1960s.
In 1998 HeidelbergCement announced that kiln 4 was to be built, which is a modern FLSmidth five-stage pre-calciner, with an in-line calciner and a downdraft calciner that was specifically designed to burn alternative fuels. The kiln was commissioned in 2006 and the three older kilns were decommissioned. Recent capital investment in the plant has seen the installation of a plastic packing machine for cement, the re-commissioning of the paper packing machine, an upgrade in the capability to use recycled paper and plastics as a fuel and an increase in the milling capacity.
Padeswood’s open day raised more than £1,000 for two local charities. The money was shared equally between Nightingale House Hospice, Wrexham and the Wales Air Ambulance. Much of the money was raised from the sale of raffle tickets, with Hanson customers and suppliers offering some fantastic prizes.
18,000 new trees and shrubs have been planted as landscaping measures
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.
Stepping back to the Bronze Age
At the Eco Centre at Hanson Cement in Padeswood, youngsters dressed up and took part in storytelling, music and film in order to tell the tale of people from the past.
In addition to the Open Day held every two years, Padeswood Cement Works welcomes interested visitors and anyone interested in visiting the site and taking a site tour should contact the site liaison.
An Open Day will be held in the summer of 2016.
If you are interested in upcoming visits, or would like to arrange one, please use the form below.
Two-year Padeswood Biodiversity Park project gets underway
Work on the proposed Padeswood Biodiversity Park has begun and will take two years to complete. The scheme, designed by students at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, aims to transform a 3.5-hectare disused landfill site to the west of the plant.
A £20 million upgrade project is being planned at the Padeswood works in Flintshire which will guarantee the long-term future of the plant and its 96 employees.
Padeswood Open day - 3rd September 2016
The open day was a huge success and Padeswood raised £3000, which has been split equally between our two chosen charities, Nightingale House Hospice and the Wales Air Ambulance.
You can view the balloon release above which had to be carried out afterwards because of torrential rain on the day.
Charity cash for cyclists
Padeswood cement plant supervisors Marc Pickles and Mike Cotter cycled 140 miles from Oswestry to Cardiff to raise money for Mike’s godson.
Two-year-old Jac Porter suffers from diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that makes it difficult for him to stand or walk without a walking frame. He receives regular physiotherapy, horse-riding and swimming at the Movement Centre in Oswestry, but this form of specialist treatment is not available through the NHS.
The event, called “Pedalling for Jac”, saw nine riders tackle the course over two days, with the aim of raising £20,000 for the Movement Centre.
Mike said: “The target isn’t just for the cost of Jac’s treatment; we are trying to raise as much as we can for the charity.”
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Community newsletter - Open Door - December 2016
Site activities are often reported in Open Door, a newsletter circulated by the company to every household within a five-mile radius of the works as a means of keeping the local community informed.
Scholarship boost for star pupils
Eithne Preece, 17, from Hawarden and Natalie Florio, 17, from Mold are the latest Alun School pupils to be awarded scholarships by Hanson Cement under the government’s STEM programme.