The High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Gordon Arthur, and the chairman of North West Leicestershire District Council, Cllr John Bridges, visited leading building materials supplier Aggregate Industries’ Bardon Hill Quarry and head office last week.
The High Sheriff’s visit to the Bardon Hill quarry was part of a programme of visits to iconic Leicestershire industries during his year in office.
The visitors were taken on a site tour by members of the Aggregate Industries team. They saw the existing granite quarry in action and also visited the new and bigger extension being prepared. Aggregate Industries has invested £80million into the new extended quarry, which will provide mineral resources for up to 50 years.
John Bowater, CFO and deputy CEO of Aggregate Industries, said: “As a company with established historical links to the area, with quarrying at Bardon Hill going back over a hundred years, we were really pleased to exhibit the next chapter of our operations here to our visitors. The extension to Bardon Hill will ensure that operations can continue for another 50 years, and we want to continue our close work with the local community. We were very grateful that the High Sheriff, Mr Arthur, and the Chairman of NW Leicestershire District Council, Cllr Bridges, took time out of their schedules to see what we are doing here and offer their perspective.”
Donna Hunt, head of sustainability, said: “Our business strives to maintain open and transparent relationships with the public and with community leaders. Visits like this allow us to throw open the site to those who want to learn more about our work and see first-hand the impact we have in Leicestershire and on the built environment.”
Gordon Arthur, High Sheriff of Leicestershire, added: “Aggregate Industries has a rich history in quarrying in Leicestershire and as I often drive past, I thought Bardon Hill was a site I must visit. The quarry operation is a fantastic sight and we were very impressed by the work on the extension. I have previously visited a quarry in Scotland that excavates sand and quartz, so it was interesting to compare the two sites. I would like to thank Aggregate Industries for hosting a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting morning.”