Miles Macadam resurfaces England’s oldest and largest Salt Mine
North West based specialist surfacing company, Miles Macadam has completed resurfacing works at Winsford rock salt mine – Britain’s oldest and largest working mine, which produces around 80% of the UK’s road salt.
Miles Macadam completed works for Compass Minerals to resurface the main loading area of the Winsford-based rock salt mine, whilst ensuring the site stayed fully operational.
The project involved the installation of 170 tonnes of Hardipave™, Miles Macadam’s own BBA/HAPAS certificated Grouted Macadam. This was used to resurface the main loading area to provide an incredibly durable surface course ready for local authorities gearing up for collections during the busy winter period.
Often described as a hybrid between asphalt and concrete, the Hardipave™ installation creates an incredibly hard-wearing surface course containing no voids and therefore preventing the damaging effects of water ingress.
Hardipave™ is also fuel resistant with a high tolerance to deformation, heat and abrasion, with the ability to withstand continuous HGV loadings. The short curing period of the product allowed for a fast installation and minimum disruption to loadings on site, making it the ideal material for the project.
Benn Teasdale, Contracts Manager at Miles Macadam, comments: “Hardipave™ was the ideal choice for this project and will provide a durable surface course, able to withstand constant HGV traffic, wagon’s queueing and a range of different weather conditions.
“The fast curing nature of the material and hard work by the team, ensured the mine was still fully operational whilst work was undertaken. It’s great to see the project come together and loadings in full swing ready for local authority preparations over the winter period.”
The flagship product has been used extensively throughout the UK on transport infrastructure hubs, including many bus terminals, industrial facilities and other areas of intense traffic loading. Notable examples include the Crossrail bus depot at Paddington Bus Station and Wembley Coach Park (the only multi-storey coach park in Europe).