Aggregate Industries has opened its second ready mix concrete plant in Greater Manchester, in order to cater for rapidly growing demand in the area.

The new high-capacity site – located just off the M56 in Wythenshawe – is situated between Manchester city centre and Manchester Airport. Both areas are currently undergoing a high volume of development, including the construction of hotels, hospitals and university accommodation, that require an significant amount of concrete.

The new Manchester plant is able to provide up to 200m3 of concrete per hour from its two twin-shaft mixer units. Its location means it is close to its cement and aggregates supply at Cauldon and Buxton, while GGBS cement filler comes in from the port at Runcorn, lowering road miles and therefore emissions associated with transportation.

Paul Halpin, Territory Sales Manager at Aggregate Industries, said: “With our established ready mix concrete plant in Salford running at capacity, we had to turn down projects in this rapidly developing region due to lack of resources. The addition of the new plant means we are now well positioned to meet the demands of Greater Manchester.

“The plant is designed with efficiency in mind – with our receiving hopper minimising truck and shovel movements around site – and is able to provide the full range of Aggregate Industries’ concrete and screed portfolio. Its two loading heads make it capable of a speedy turnaround which is key for customers who wish to collect concrete.”