Quarry expansion follows energy diversification

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 May 2018

New laboratory facilities and offices are to be built by Singleton Birch as part of a £350,000 investment at Melton Ross.

The quarrying giant is introducing further product quality testing processes while providing new office accommodation for the Birch Energy team.

It has recently been expanded with the acquisition of PlanET Biogas UK, one of the world’s leading anaerobic digestion plant manufacturers – and the company it turned to as it embraced renewable energy supply in an intensive industry.

Scunthorpe-based building and civil engineering company, Britcon has secured contract to build the new facilities.

Singleton Birch Ltd is the UK's leading independent lime supplier, with a worldwide customer base. Its product range includes quicklime, hydrated lime, natural hydraulic lime, graded chalk, aggregates and other specialist products and services. Its products are used in the production of steel, various chemical processes, waste and water treatment, purification of flue gases, production of lightweight building materials and various other sectors of the construction industry.

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The contract was awarded on the back of a successful £200,000 project completed by Britcon to deliver a new tipping station for Singleton Birch last year. It has also previously delivered the £400,000 Quarry Fines building on the same site to house a bulk store, screen house, crusher house, microlime plant and ancillary facilities.

The tipping station at Melton Ross, delivered by Britcon.

The tipping station at Melton Ross, delivered by Britcon.

Roger Webster, project manager at Singleton Birch, said: “Britcon is very familiar with the site from its previous works that we have been very pleased with. It was an obvious choice to ask them to deliver the new laboratory and offices and we continue to expand our facility here at Melton Ross.”

Britcon starts work next month to build the new 13,000 sq ft laboratory and plant room which will have state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities on the ground floor for a product quality testing process. The first floor will be dedicated to provide new office accommodation for the Birch Energy team at Singleton Birch. It expects to complete the project by the end of August.

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Britcon offers dedicated expertise and resource for specialist mining and quarry projects which are recognised as dangerous industries to work in due to continued use of massive earth moving machinery, use of explosives and ever present airborne dust. Project experience includes the £5 million infrastructure works at the remote Glensanda Quarry on the Morvern Peninsula, Scotland, and the £1.5 million Buxton Bagging Plant in Derbyshire.

This past month has seen Singleton Birch shortlisted for a Humber Renewables Award, with the winners set to be revealed at a gala dinner on Friday evening. 



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