COMMITTED to meeting the complex challenge of providing critical construction supplies amid an unprecedented time for industry, Aggregate Industries is proud to announce its involvement in a number of major NHS projects.
Crucially, the business continues to be firmly at the helm in supporting the development of various critical emergency hospital facilities for coronavirus patients across the UK.
Most recently, the Aggregate Industries team supplied an urgent concrete specification required in the transformation of Deeside Leisure Centre, North Wales, into a 250-bed emergency hospital. The requirement involved the temporary reopening of Aggregate Industries’ Chester plant during the Easter weekend, while various staff volunteered to help ensure the critical supply was delivered in time ready for an end-of-April launch.
Working in a similar vein, the busy team also recently supplied the concrete materials required for the GMEX Convention Centre in Manchester which is being converted into a 1,000-patient Nightingale hospital for coronavirus patients affected in the Northern region.
This follows a donation of the full concrete specification required in the development of the new 1,000 patient capacity NHS Louisa Jordan temporary hospital within the Scottish Exhibition Centre (SEC), Glasgow. The company’s Asphalt division also donated the materials required by its specialist contracting arm Spadeoak for work carried out on the Nightingale hospital at London’s ExCeL.
Moreover, Aggregate Industries’ Cauldon Cement arm recently took swift action in responding to a call out for vital PPE supplies by two nearby surgeries, Waterhouses Medical Practice and Alton Medical Practice. The team donated a number of professional masks, gloves and sanitisers to each surgery, both of which have served many of the local team’s staff and families over the years, helping operations to continue as safely as possible. The company’s Heights Quarry also responded to a similar call for protective equipment in the Tees area.
Guy Edwards, CEO of Aggregate Industries UK, commented: “As a business, we feel a huge appreciation for the NHS and the extraordinary work that its staff and other key workers continue to do in helping keep the nation running during this unprecedented time.
“We are therefore incredibly proud to have been involved in the construction of the new critical facilities at Deeside Leisure Centre, the GMEX Convention Centre, ExCeL and NHS Louisa Jordan, and remain actively involved in a number of other NHS projects. Our hope is that by each playing our part in whatever way we can, whether through providing construction materials and expertise, or giving extra support to the many communities we operate in, we can help make a difference.”
Aside from the coronavirus-critical projects, Aggregate Industries continues to be involved in many high-profile NHS infrastructure improvements. Most recently, it was selected to provide the full concrete specification required in the development of the new £100m hospital facility being built in Edgbaston, Birmingham, as well as a multi-million pound ward refurbishment at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Guy added: “As we look ahead to what continues to be an unprecedented chapter for construction, as with every industry, our priority remains on supporting COVID-19 efforts and, where possible, playing our part in keeping construction running.”