TJ’s best selling aggregates
21 December 2020
Every year TJ supplies millions of tonnes of aggregates to the construction and infrastructure industries. We deal with over 20 different types of aggregate, which all have a range of different uses.
We source materials from our own quarries at Butser and Hythe and from third parties as needed. Sourcing them from a range of suppliers enables us to secure the most competitive prices for our clients and it is this, along with our exceptional customer service, that keeps clients returning to us time after time.
We offer a complete service; from providing initial quotes to placing your order, sourcing the materials, booking in a delivery date and transporting the materials to your site – we take care of it all. We keep customers updated every step of the way so you know what to expect and can plan your projects accordingly.
Sourcing and supplying all these aggregates certainly keeps our fleet of lorries busy, but which are our bestsellers?
Type 1 limestone
Type 1 limestone is TJ’s top seller. As a quarried material that has not been used before, it is classed as a primary aggregate. Limestone can be supplied in very vast quantities, making it ideal for projects that require large volumes of sub base aggregate. Although limestone is available in large quantities, it comes from the north of England so it may not be the quickest material to get hold of if regional stocks become depleted during periods of high demand.
Type 1 limestone meets the Department of Transport’s Specification for Highway Works, clause 803 (SHW 803). It is considered the benchmark for quality and the most frequently used sub base aggregate beneath highways and construction projects of all sizes.
20mm all in ballast
TJ’s all in ballast is a primary sea dredged aggregate, a blend of 0/4mm sharp sand and <20mm gravel. The gravel is sourced from sea dredging in the southern region and the sand from Hythe Quarry. It is readily available which makes it a cost-effective option for making concrete and as a general drainage fill for construction projects.
6F5 crushed concrete
6F5 crushed concrete is a recycled general fill aggregate. It is an ‘as crushed’ product that is most commonly used for capping, laid over terram to raise and level natural ground ready for a Type 1 sub base.
We also supply Type 1 crushed concrete, which is graded to the Department of Transport’s Specification for Highway Works. This aggregate is screened from 6F5 Crushed Concrete to produce a graded, cost-effective sub base for construction projects of all sizes.
TJ’s building sand is quarried at our Hythe site. It is 0/2mm and suitable for blinding, bedding, general fill and mortar. It is also used as a plastering sand.
Concrete: Sand is often a principal component of this critical construction material.
Brick: Manufacturing plants add sand to a mixture of clay and other materials for manufacturing bricks.
Mortar: Sand is mixed with masonry cement or Portland cement and lime to be used in masonry construction.
Trench fill: Trench fill foundations are a type of shallow foundation that allows bricklaying below ground to be avoided. Instead, concrete is used – which is made using sand – and it is poured to within 150 mm of the surface ground level.
TJ’s 4/10mm gravel is a primary multi-purpose aggregate, primarily sourced from sea dredging in the southern region. It is readily available which makes it a cost-effective option. It is most commonly used for surfacing driveways and paths, but also serves as a drainage material for construction projects.
OUR SERVICE TO YOU
If you’re looking for a company to supply your business with aggregates, TJ is a great choice. As an independent haulier, we are not tied to one aggregate source, so we shop around to find the best prices and pass these savings onto you. Pair that with our fast response times, flexible attitude and customer-focused approach and it’s easy to see why we retain a high percentage of our customers.
TJ acquired Butser Quarry in 2017 after deciding they wanted to supply their own aggregates to the construction industry that they’d built up strong relationships with. Rock chalk is the material excavated from the quarry and recycled aggregates are also produced there.
The quarry employs five full-time members of staff: a site supervisor who is responsible for the day-to-day activities at the quarry, a weighbridge operator who weighs the materials and issues the tickets for the paperwork and three plant operators who operate the plant, which include a crusher, screening machine, shovel loader, bulldozer and excavators.
TJ bought into the quarry in 2017 and quarrying began in August 2018. Two products are extracted from Hythe Quarry: soft sand and a well-graded golden gravel. Hythe Quarry was identified in the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan (2013) as ‘the best option for continuing a local supply of soft sand and sharp sand and gravel from this part of south Hampshire’.
The quarry is split into three phases, with completion planned for 2028. Three full-time members of staff are employed there and up to 100,000 tonnes of sand and gravel are extracted per year. As well as being used for building purposes, the sand is also utilised for cattle bedding purposes and sports surfaces.
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