Quarry helping protect coasts

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Hope Construction Materials is supplying 18,000 tonnes of limestone to boost the country’s coastal defences.

The two year project, which started at the end of 2014, will see Hope’s Dowlow Quarry, near Buxton, supply thousands of limestone rocks – each weighing between three and nine tonnes – to construct the giant 1850 metre long sea wall near Fylde, Lancashire.

The wall, which is 18 metres wide, will break up large incoming waves, diffusing their size and momentum, and reducing the risk of coastal erosion and flooding of the coastline.

Daran Murray, Dowlow Quarry Manager at Hope Construction Materials, said: “This is a significant aggregates project for Dowlow Quarry and we are pleased to provide the necessary materials for such an important build, one which will see a large proportion of coastline safeguarded against flooding for many years to come. Being able to weigh the rocks on site has helped us ensure that the correct loads are delivered to the site at the right time and this has helped us stay on track.”