Archaeological Research Services

Congratulations to Clive Waddington and ARS who opened another new office on Monday (13th) – in London at Hackney – on the Lee Navigation Canal as it enters the Olympic Park at Stratford.


Welcome to our latest new Cheshire-based associate member and to Mike Mcloughlin. They produce software for the mining and quarry industry; stockpile measurement and excavator production tonnage, blast optimisation using drones and software.
They are also agents for Carlson’s Quarryman and boretrak – sold to UK, China and Ireland and many places in between.

BAA AGM Palace Hotel, Buxton, Monday 25th June 2018

BAA Newx

The 2018 British Aggregates Association AGM was held in the Palace Hotel, Buxton on  Monday 25th June 2018.  See below for details of our speakers this year and the subsequent press coverage.

AGM Programme : Open document

Thanks to all our exhibitors and sponsors

Morning Speakers

  • Ruth George MP
  • Anthony Elgey (MPQC) Apprenticeship Training
  • David Taylor (Command Alkon) Dispatch and Ticketing
  • Jo Cassidy (Powerscreen) The Future of Crushing and Screening
  • Roy Bush & Mike Phillips (MinExp) Back to Basics
  • Chris Tofts (Stephens-Scown) 2020:A Clearer View on the Future for Minerals Planning?
  • John Southall (Southalls) Safety Cloud Solution
  • Mark Pritchard (GWP) EA- Protecting the Environment or regulating what can easily be Regulated
  • Trevor Herbert (Mitsubishi Electric) Energy Saving and OEE

Quarry of the Year 2018, Springfield Farm
Quarry of the Year 2018, Springfield Farm
Pictures kind courtesy Eric Bignell, Quarry Management

Afternoon Speakers

  • Miles Watkins (President, Institute of Quarrying) The Next 100 Years
  • Patrick Louis (Former CEO, Lotus F1) How to Manage an F1 Team

Press Reports

  • MP Praises Minerals Sector (Mineral Planning, 26th June)Open document
  • Quarry of the Year Named (Mineral Planning, 26th June)Open document
  • Minerals Could lose a Million Staff (Mineral Planning, 26th June)Open document

Breedon Northern – Raisby Quarry, Durham

Congratulations on obtaining in February an extension to 2042 for planning which was due to expire in September. This will enable extraction of the remaining 28Mt of material. Final restoration to 2044 would bring biodiversity enhancements through the creation of 75 hectares of magnesian limestone grassland, rock faces for breeding birds and a lake in the quarry floor.

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Robert Durward

The British Aggregates Association regrets to inform the industry of the sad loss of its Director and founder, Robert Durward, who passed away on 4 January 2018. Bob had been suffering from cancer since the summer and although he had been a fighter all of his life, this was one battle that he could not win.

He was a remarkable man, not only was he the founder of a leading trade association for aggregate producers but he also he also set up and operated one of the most successful SME quarrying companies in the UK. He was absolutely passionate about looking after the rights and interests of the independent aggregate producers and was the leading campaigner against HMRC and the European Commission in trying to get the aggregate levy stopped. That case is still in the European Court after sixteen years of legal arguments and although it is sad that Bob will not see the conclusion, it is a measure of the man that he stuck rigidly to his belief throughout these years that the aggregate levy was an unfair tax, which should be removed.

Although he often argued with politicians both in Westminster and Holyrood, nevertheless Bob earned their respect and was on first name terms with many senior ministers of government. He was keenly interested in politics and once set up a political party to take on what he regarded was the current political system. Only last year he wrote an excellent book on aspects of politics and government in the UK.

As well as being very successful in business, he used his talent to help others and to that end he was involved in many local charities in Scotland including cooperative housing projects and the setting up of independent schools funded by local authorities.

As an employer Bob was very far sighted both in the welfare conditions for his quarry employees as well as in health and safety provisions. Some years ago when the question of demonstrating competence was on everyone’s lips, Bob considered that that it should be the whole site that should be judged competent, not just the manager and supervisors. From that idea came the BAA Assessment of Operating Standards which soon became a recognised route by the HSE to improve safety standards in SME quarries.

The funeral will take place on 23 January and will be a private affair.

Robert Durward was special and will be sadly missed by all of the aggregates industry.

BAA Members in the Press

In the December/January print version of Aggregates Business Europe  in the article “Quarry Restoration”, Moreton Cullimore discusses strategies to ensure schemes meet the UK’s biodiversity and housing challenges. Click the PDF link to read the full article.

Quarry Restoration Article

Good News Slot – Harleyford Aggregates and Bullimores Sand & Gravel

Harleyford Aggregates

The operating team at Sipson pit, Heathrow receiving the BAA assessment of operating standards award from Chair Steve Cole – previously announced and presented to Dan Folley at June’s AGM. Congratulations once again!!

Bullimores Sand & Gravel

Bullimores takes delivery of new plant this week for their St Neots depot