Surfacing

Tarmac Contracting is the UK’s leading supplier of highways surfacing, operating a fleet of 124 surfacing and planing machines which lay around 3.5 million tonnes of asphalt each year. Ranging from resurfacing of motorways, roads and pathways, to the construction of car parks, runways and running tracks. . In the process we dig up and responsibly dispose of over 1 million tonnes road arisings. Much of this is recycled either off-site by our nationwide network of specially modified asphalt plants, or on-site using our groundbreaking ULTIFOAM system, which enables up to 95% of road arisings to be recycled and reused.

We also install a range of specialist surfaces including our ULTIGRIP longer lasting skid resisting surfacing that improves road safety, to our ULTISuDS sustainable drainage surfacing which helps to prevent localised flooding.

Specialist Surfacing

  1. Low noise surfacing

    Our low-noise road surfaces ensure a consistent, even finish for road users. They help to reduce the impact of busy roads and improve living spaces.

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  2. Anti-Skid surfacing

    ULTIGRIP skid resisting asphalt offers similar SCRIM levels to conventional anti-skid products, but typically lasts three times longer that alternative high friction surfacing. 

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  3. Surface dressing and thin surfacing

    Surface dressing and slurry sealing help prolong the life of roads. Our ULTITHIN asphalt offers a another cost effective and longer lasting alternative to surface dressing. 

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  4. Sustainable drainage solutions

    Tarmac Contracting offer a design and build service to install sustainable drainage solutions using porous asphalts and specialist drainage aggregates, to help avoid localised flooding. 

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  5. Velodrome surfacing

    Tarmac Contracting provide a specialist design and installation service for precision surfacing of velodromes. We have worked on some of the UK’s top cycle tracks.

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Case Studies

Asphalt

A2 Bluewater

Tarmac was commissioned by Highways England to undertake a deep inlay reconstruction of the carriageway in order to provide a safer and smoother journey for road users. Both Highways England and the Bluewater Shopping Centre management team wanted to minimise disruption to road users and avoid lost business for retailers.

Contracting

ULTIFOAM Northumberland County Council

More sustainable road maintenance in Northumberland.

Contracting

Ultilow Midlothian

As part of a partnership project between City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council to build a new waste treatment facility in the Millerhill area of Midlothian, a new link road was required to connect the site to the local road network.

Contracting

Ultilow, M180 Aug 2014

Reconstruction of the INGS Roundabout to restore the pavement life for many years to come. The work was part of a package of 12 schemes in Area 12 secured by Tarmac National Contracting’s Cross Green office and involved reconstruction of large sections with over 2000t of EME 2.

Contracting

Ulticolour Bauxite Dec 2013

When Leicestershire County Council was faced with resurfacing the approach to a roundabout on the A6 at Berstall heading towards Mountsorrel and Loughborough, the solution required needed to be cost effective, long lasting and incur minimal disruption to the public during application.

Contracting

Ultifastpath, Barwell Nov 2013

When Leicestershire County Council was faced with replacing a failed footway to a housing estate in Barwell, they looked to us to come up with a solution.

Future of our roads

In 2010 the UK Government committed its vision for the future of road transport to paper…. as part of the National Infrastructure Plan. Setting out an ambitious, long-term strategy, based around five clear objectives:

To make our roads: 
1. Smarter 
2. Safer 
3. Less congested
4. More integrated
Even... 
5. more sustainable


Tarmac Contracting is at the forefront of bringing this vision to life. Providing our customers and partners with innovative, sustainable products that allow roads to be constructed faster, using fewer materials, at less cost.

Our forward-thinking allows working practices that increase efficiency and reduce disruption to road users and, accurate real-time data for BIM modeling, legislative compliance and informed future planning.

With constructive thinking and collaborative action, we are transforming our strategic road network, one road at a time. We believe that the bigger we think today, the better we can make tomorrow.

A2 - Bean to Bluewater


Surfacing 2The A2 between Bean and the Bluewater Shopping & Leisure Complex in Kent is a busy stretch of carriageway used by over 130,000 drivers every day. Tarmac was commissioned by Highways England to undertake a deep inlay reconstruction of the carriageway in order to provide a safer and smoother journey for road users. Both Highways England and the Bluewater Shopping Centre management team wanted to minimise disruption to road users and avoid lost business for retailers.

Over 2,500 tonnes of asphalt was laid in just 28 hours over the Easter weekend. This approach reduced the initial 53 day programme by 24 days and delivered a £400,000 cost saving for Highways England.  Read the full case study here.  

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