A Hope Valley company has announced plans for a £14 million investment to improve its sustainability.
Hope Construction Materials is to spend the money on its Hope Cements Work site to secure the plant’s efficient operation into the future.
The projects include: completion of a multi-million pound system to increase the amount of sustainable waste-derived fuels the energy-intensive operation can accommodate; internal maintenance of the chimney which will involve the construction and use of a second temporary chimney for a number of months; construction of a new storage facility to increase stock holding of cement ‘clinker’ (to help secure a consistent supply of cement to customers); improvements to the way in which the raw materials are fed into the two kilns – the 70 metre long, 4.9 metre diameter rotating steel cylinders which are the heart of the cement-making process; and the replacement of a large section of one of the kilns.
Hope Works Operations Manager Ed Cavanagh said: “We are very excited to be involved in the largest investment programme on site for many years. This works has operated for more than 85 years and directly employs nearly 200 people, making a massive contribution to the economy of the Peak District National Park, as well as to the UK construction industry through the significant quantity of cement we produce each year; that’s almost 1.5 million tonnes from our site last year alone.
“The installation of the new kiln shell section is a spectacular piece of engineering involving several teams and very careful planning. We are delighted with the way that this individual project has evolved and look forward to seeing the others progress to schedule.”
And High Peak MP Andrew Bingham added: “I’m delighted to hear of the investment that Hope Construction Materials are making in their plant.
“The company is one of the biggest employers in the High Peak, so I’m very pleased at this news, which I’m sure will be welcomed by all their employees.”