Employees at Tarmac’s Tunstead quarry are showing their support to the NHS by joining in with the weekly Clap for Our Carers campaign to recognise and celebrate those working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tarmac has submitted a planning application to Derbyshire County Council for permission to expand the cement bagging facilities at its Tunstead cement plant near Buxton.
Dove Holes residents are looking forward to more community gatherings now that their village hall has had a makeover. Thanks to a major grant from Tarmac’s national Landfill Communities Fund,* the hall has been redecorated, new sofas and coffee tables have been installed and the kitchen and toilets have had a revamp.
Small projects can lead to big changes in nature in the Peak District National Park. Thanks to a day of hard work by a group of volunteers to relocate a gateway on Stanage Edge, the biodiversity of the area will get a significant boost.
On Sunday 9 February Tarmac Tunstead’s rail sidings manager John Fotherby experienced his ’15 minutes of fame’ when he saw himself on the TV screen.
As the UK celebrates the 13th National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 February), Tarmac’s apprentices past and present reflect on their own experiences and reveal the company is launching eight new apprenticeships at the company’s Tunstead site near Buxton.
Buxton and High Peak Golf Club is looking forward to welcoming more people to come and try golf all year round, thanks to a major grant from Tarmac’s national Landfill Communities Fund.*
This weekend at Tarmac’s Tunstead site, a hard-working, former member of the quarrying team came back to visit. But this former worker was a bright yellow 23 tonne steam locomotive, known as the ‘Clockwork Lemon’ and, after being restored to all its former glory, it was given a VIP welcome!
A group of volunteers from Tarmac’s Lime business at Tunstead has shown how teamwork really can make a difference to a project reliant on community support. The team of 11 joined forces to spend a day at the Serpentine Community Farm in Buxton, giving some elbow grease and attention to much in need areas of this community facility in Serpentine Walks.
Tennis isn’t just for the summer for players in Buxton – state-of-the-art floodlights are now installed at Buxton Tennis Club, significantly extending the opportunities for games and coaching.
Children in the village of Tideswell are looking forward to using a newly revamped playground, now the Parish Council has been awarded a major grant.
In an innovative move for the UK cement industry, Tarmac is making a positive environmental step by installing a waste-derived fuel processing plant at its Tunstead cement works. The plant is producing ‘Specialised Fuel’ – a unique type of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) to be used in the cement manufacturing process.
‘If you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you’ – that was the message presented at Buxton Community School this week during an event to educate 150 Year 7 students about safety around lorries.
Local residents and visitors approaching Buxton via Fairfield Road will have a brighter welcome to the town, now that flower planters have been installed on railings along that route.
Tarmac volunteers have celebrated reaching an impressive volunteering milestone by carrying out some dry-stone walling at North Lees Campsite on the Peak District National Park’s Stanage-North Lees Estate. Since 2015 employees at the company’s Tunstead site have completed 4000 hours of volunteering in the area, with work ranging from Peak District National Park conservation, to supporting local schools by running CV writing workshops.
For hundreds of years, quarries have played a vital role in the economy and history of the area around Buxton in Derbyshire. Now, they are the central focus for a high-profile exhibition that opened at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery on 7th September.
It’s not just at a national level that women’s’ football is making its mark through the Lionesses; local teams are also on the up including new local club, SK Vipers. The club is going from strength to strength and has recently been boosted with the addition of a ladies’ team.
Buxton Community School has joined forces with local employer Tarmac to spotlight engineering as a positive and rewarding career choice. A group of 24 Year 7 students visited the Tunstead cement plant and took part in practical workshops to mark International Women in Engineering Day 2019.
In its fourth year, the Buxton Garden Trail is to grow bigger and better with more gardens featured and unusual interesting features added.
Following a successful first year which reached over 100 young children and their families, High Peak Community Arts is running a second year of a creative arts project to promote the joy of books in Early Years settings around Buxton and the High Peak.
Visitors to Fernilee Reservoir in the Goyt Valley will soon be able to ‘sit back and enjoy the views’ with ease, thanks to work taking place to improve access and facilities.
Our short winter days and gloomy autumn evenings will no longer hamper the opportunities for tennis players in Buxton. Thanks to a major grant from a national Tarmac fund, Buxton Tennis Club is making plans to install a state-of-the-art floodlight system.
Kitted out in hard hat and high visibility jacket, Derbyshire County Council leader Barry Lewis has visited one of the most important local employers and contributors to the county’s economy.
Meticulous planning and over 22,000 hours of work helped Tarmac’s Tunstead cement team complete its largest engineering project since operations began at the site in 2004.
As the UK celebrates National Apprenticeship Week, Tarmac, has announced that it will create six new apprenticeships at the company’s Tunstead site near Buxton.
Peak Dale villagers are looking forward to seeing their social club take on a new lease of life as a community hub, thanks to a substantial national grant.
Tideswell residents are preparing to celebrate an exciting first for the village – the opening of their new community venue, the Fountain Square Church Hall.
Tarmac’s Tunstead Cement Plant has boosted its road fleet with six new trucks for delivery of bulk and packed cement to customers across the region.
Pupils at Buxton Junior School are looking forward to better weather and longer days, so they can get out and about on their bikes, now they have improved their cycling skills through a Bikeability course.
Tarmac has taken ownership of two quarries at Keele and Kingsley in Staffordshire which have been supplying clay and shale to Tarmac’s Tunstead cement plant near Buxton for 16 years.
Villagers in Sterndale Moor marked the Centenary of the Armistice with a full day of events from a ‘show and tell’ of World War One memorabilia including a rifle and bayonet; to the lighting of a beacon, one of 1200 lit nationwide on the evening of 11/11.
Blythe House Hospice’s annual Light up a Life appeal has received sponsorship from local company Tarmac for a 12th year. But this year the £1000 donation has come partly through an employee safety campaign.
Dove Holes cricketers are looking forward to next season and continuing their club upgrade project with a new supporter on board. Tarmac’s Tunstead site is to sponsor the 130-year-old club for the next three years.
Thanks to years of hard work by local people, and now a major sponsorship boost from local company Tarmac, villagers in Tideswell are counting down the days to the opening of their new community venue – the Fountain Square Church Hall.
Tarmac is helping to improve ‘access for all’ at a Peak District National Park beauty spot, with a major donation announced during National Parks Week. Visitors to Fernilee Reservoir in the Goyt Valley can look forward to better access and facilities, thanks to the support which is being gifted through the company’s national Landfill Communities Fund. *
A new giant ‘Cat’ can be spotted at Tunstead Quarry near Buxton… but this one weighs 110 tonnes and is hard at work moving limestone for Tarmac.
Young fell runners in Buxton are sporting smart new neck warmers for their training and competitions. Whilst in the recent heatwave, they have been more useful for keeping the sun off heads, Tarmac’s Tunstead site was pleased to be able to support the team in such a practical way.
As London’s annual horticultural showcase comes to close, keen gardeners in Buxton are busy putting the finishing touches to their own works of art! It’s only a couple of weeks until keen gardeners around Buxton unveil the results of their hard work in the third annual Buxton Garden Trail (9 and 10 June).
Summer walkers in one area south of Bakewell will enjoy a clear pathway, thanks to a day of action from a group of volunteers from Tarmac’s Tunstead site. The group joined forces with new Peak District National Park Project Assistant, Harriet Saltis to tackle overgrown brambles and hedgerows on the path near Alport, alongside Shining Bank Quarry.
A crisis simulation exercise at Tarmac’s Tunstead site in Derbyshire has helped teach essential skills to the next generation of industry leaders by sharing best practice for dealing with serious incidents.
For a bunch of Buxton Community School students who are also Lego enthusiasts, what started as a simple after school club has evolved into national recognition and an opportunity to take part in an international festival.
Pupils at Fairfield Infant and Nursery School love getting out and about to learn about the world around them. And now these school trips have taken a step up in safety with the donation of a full set of high visibility jackets from nearby company Tarmac.
For the third year running, Buxton’s green fingered residents will be showing off their gardens as part of the Buxton Garden Trail – and this year the organisers have a new sponsor on board -local employer Tarmac.
As the UK celebrates National Apprenticeship Week, Tarmac, the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business, has announced that it will create 100 new apprenticeships in the UK in 2018 – and five of these will be at the company’s Tunstead site near Buxton.
Popular heritage tour company Discover Buxton is celebrating a new year of partnership and sponsorship with local company Tarmac. For the third year, Tarmac is sponsoring the production of the organisation’s fascinating monthly podcast which takes a step back in time to present a range of interesting and quirky subjects from the spa town’s history. Photo caption: In the famous Buxton tram - Netta Christie of Discover Buxton (second left) celebrates the continued partnership with local employer Tarmac, and sponsorship of the Buxton historical podcast - pictured here with Pete Butterworth, Tarmac’s General Manager, Lime and Powders (left); and Sue Gregory and Linda Grooby of the Tarmac’s Community Committee (right).
New young football team, the ‘Buxton Bulls’ is having a storming first season – they are unbeaten so far and now, thanks to a new sponsor, they have a range of brand new kit.
New East Midlands MEP Rupert Matthews has enjoyed a behind the scenes look at a major UK manufacturing site in his region on a visit to Tarmac’s Cement and Lime Operation at Tunstead, near Buxton.
It’s all smiles for children in Sterndale Moor near Buxton who are having more fun outdoors, now that the village playground has been revamped. A community donation from major local employer Tarmac has been used to give the site a makeover with the aim of encouraging more children to come and use it, and with the importance of safety in mind.
Partnering with the Institute of Quarrying, Tarmac’s Tunstead site is celebrating the history of quarry workers past, present and future with the opening of a brand-new community facility at Buxton Rugby Club.
Major local employer Tarmac is marking its long-standing partnership with Chesterfield College by celebrating more award-winning talent at the company, through the success of 20-year-old Apprentice Molly Bardwell, who has just been chosen as the College’s ‘Student of the Year’.
New High Peak MP Ruth George has donned high visibility safety gear for her first visit to Tarmac’s site at Tunstead, one of the largest and longest-standing employers in her constituency.
For walkers who have enjoyed the many miles of footpaths in the magnificent Peak District National Park, but often wondered how remote paths and bridges are built, a team from Tarmac can explain! The two teams, comprising 18 employees from Tarmac’s Tunstead site, have worked with the Peak District National Park Authority to transport materials and construct a small footbridge over a boggy path on the Pennine Way at Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.
Twenty students from Buxton Community School have visited Tarmac’s Tunstead site to find out what it’s like to work in the world of cement and lime production and to mark International Women in Engineering Day.
With backing from local company Tarmac, two local men are putting their faith in an old Volvo convertible to take them 2000 miles across Europe to finish the ‘Screwball Rally’, an annual event to raise money for charity.
Tarmac at Tunstead near Buxton has donated £200 to Residents of Sterndale Moor in Derbyshire towards a community access defibrillator and CPR kit.
Tarmac at Tunstead helped High Peak Scout District by donating £100 towards leadership, teamwork and personal development activities as part of a recent international expedition.
Residents of the High Peak joined Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith to remember and celebrate the life of someone special at this year’s Light up a Life Festival, which recently took place on the afternoon of Sunday 20th November. The lights were officially switched on by Viv Russell, lime and powders director at Tarmac’s Tunstead site.
An historic exhibition from the First and Second World Wars organised by Tarmac at Tunstead has generated sales of £480 from prints of archive photographs and donations during the event, with the money raised being shared between the Royal British Legion (Buxton branch) and charity Help for Heroes.
Residents of the High Peak who would like to remember and celebrate the life of loved ones are invited to join Blythe House Hospice for its Light up a Life Festival, which takes place this year on the afternoon of Sunday 20 November. The lights will be officially switched on by Viv Russell, lime and powders director at Tarmac’s Tunstead site.
Earl Sterndale C of E Primary School in the Upper Dove Valley has recently received a donation from Tarmac at Tunstead near Buxton, to go towards educational materials, activities and school trips.
Tarmac at Tunstead near Buxton has recently donated £100 to Buxton Infant School to go towards new playground equipment.
One of our employees, Lee Royle, who works in the Security team at Tunstead, has recently taken part in a charity relay from John O Groats to Lands End (Jogle), travelling by bike, foot and skates!
The story of the quarrymen of the Buxton Lime Firms, as well as other local historical themes, will be brought to life in a series of podcasts that have been sponsored by Tarmac at Tunstead and will be produced by Discover Buxton Tours.
‘The War Years’ will be the theme of a special Quarry Exhibition, being held by Tarmac at Buxton Methodist church from Saturday 5th to Sunday 13th November. It will feature images from Tarmac’s archive photographs from the local area that date back to the late 1800s, including pictures from the site during the First and Second World Wars.
Fairfield Endowed (C of E) Junior School in Buxton has received a boost to its budget for educational trips, thanks to a donation from Tarmac at Tunstead.
Tarmac at Tunstead near Buxton has donated £50 to local gymnastics club, High Peak Gymnastics in Whaley Bridge, towards the cost of new equipment.
Ten visitors from the mental health charity, the Buxton Grapevine Wellbeing Centre were given first-hand experience of the quarrying lime and cement industry at a recent tour of Tarmac’s site at Tunstead.
Tarmac’s site at Tunstead hosted its largest school visit ever last week when over 100 students from Kesteven & Grantham Girls' School in Grantham, Lincolnshire, came to visit its quarry, cement and lime operations.
Twenty one pupils from Peak Forest School (C of E) Primary School in Buxton were given an insight into the quarrying and limestone industries when they visited Tarmac’s Tunstead site in Derbyshire recently. The visit was part of year 5 and 6 pupils’ studies of landscape and rocks, including learning more about the origins of limestone and its importance as a raw material. They also learned about the history of the Tunstead site and visited the cement plant to gain an insight into how limestone is made into cement.
Tarmac at Tunstead has donated £50 to Dove Jazz Club which will go towards the running costs of its annual Jazz Festival. The Festival runs from 1-3 July and is centred on the Village Hall in Dove Holes, Buxton.
15 employees of the Buxton Lime Firms who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme will be remembered, alongside thousands of others, at a special service at Westminster Abbey on its 100th anniversary.
We are proud of our certifications, so are pleased that we have recently successfully passed the audits that are part of retaining the internationally recognised management systems’ standards for Quality
A group of Master’s Degree students from the University of Salford who are studying Engineering Project Management visited Tarmac at Tunstead near Buxton to learn more about the use of natural gas in a modern cement and lime operation.
Following their recent visit to our Tunstead site, Year 4 pupils at Fairfield Junior School sent letters to thank us for their exciting day.
50 pupils from Year 5 at Fairfield Junior School in Buxton were given an insight into the whole process of quarrying and cement and lime production when they visited Tarmac’s Tunstead site in Derbyshire recently.
Here at Tarmac in Tunstead we recognise the importance of maintaining good relationships with the local community, which is why we recently established our own Community Liaison Committee.
Tarmac’s Tunstead site in Buxton has again pledged its support to the annual Buxton Well Dressing festival, by donating over £1,000.
Tarmac’s site in Tunstead has recently pledged a donation to North Derbyshire Ladies Bowling towards transport costs and to assist in the general running of the club.
Drilling and blasting, old transport trucks and trains, old style safety, mechanised loading, quarry handling, nature and people; these were the themes at the Quarryman exhibition of archive quarrying images from Tarmac in Tunstead, held at Buxton Methodist Church recently.
Tarmac’s Tunstead site near Buxton has donated a huge limestone rock for a beautiful new garden, which has been created in Stamford Park, between Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge.
Tarmac is offering people the chance to see more of its extensive archive of images of the local quarrying and lime industries at Buxton Methodist Church in February.
The Tarmac Tunstead site has sponsored Discover Buxton to produce a series of podcasts that will tell the fascinating stories of some of the people that worked for the Buxton Lime firms in the 19th and 20th Century.
Two Macclesfield junior football teams have received new jackets thanks to support from Tarmac’s Tunstead site.
Tarmac’s site in Tunstead has donated 50 children’s and 15 adults’ high visibility jackets to Buxton Junior School in time for Christmas.
Children with autism and learning difficulties in Buxton have been given the chance to experience one of the highlights of Christmas - pantomime tickets at Buxton Opera House, thanks to a donation from Tarmac's Tunstead site.
A group of students from Edge Hill University in Ormskirk recently visited Tarmac’s Tunstead site to learn more about the geological principles involved in quarrying.
Tarmac in Tunstead once again sponsored the Light up a life festival for Blythe House Hospice.
Tunstead site supported the local community fireworks display held at Buxton Cricket Club.
Dove Holes Cricket Club in Dove Holes has received funding from Tarmac in Tunstead.
The Grapevine Project in Buxton has received a £500 donation from Tarmac's site based in Tunstead.
Brassington British Legion has received two donations of £250 each from Tarmac businesses Tunstead and Ballidon Quarry.
Tarmac in Tunstead has donated 700 tonnes of crushed limestone for the restoration of woodland pathways in the Buxton area, including Grinlow Woods near Poole’s Cavern.
On Friday 14th August, our Tunstead and Hindlow sites in Buxton held a Summer Celebration over an extended lunchtime. This also marked the plant’s new ownership by CRH, with the company name changing from Lafarge Tarmac to Tarmac.
We would like to wish Frank Emerson all the best for the future as he retires from his part time role as Tour Guide for the Tunstead site.
An exhibition of historic photographs has raised over £1,900 for Blythe House Hospice in Chapel en le Frith.
Following the huge success of the Quarryman exhibition that was on display during June and July in the Green Man gallery in Buxton, Tarmac in Tunstead has sponsored Discover Buxton to produce a series of six podcasts. These podcasts will tell the fascinating stories of some of the local men and women that worked for the Buxton Lime firms in the 19th and 20th Century in order to give the public a unique insight into their work and lives.
Tarmac’s Tunstead quarry has donated 20 tonnes of limestone to Bugsworth Basin, situated in the village of Buxworth in the High Peak of Derbyshire, as part of its commitment to the community.
Buxton Tennis Club’s junior players will now be able to show off their skills in tournaments, thanks to a £200 contribution towards new equipment from Tarmac’s Tunstead site.
We recently put in place the MPA (Mineral Product Association) Waste Code of Practice for Cement kilns at our Cement Plant. This means that we can increase the amount of waste-derived fuels used without the need for a full Environmental Permit variation.
Forty four students from Thursfield Primary School in Staffordshire were given first-hand experience of what it is like to work in the construction industry when they visited Lafarge Tarmac’s Tunstead site near Buxton recently.
Last week Tunstead cement plant welcomed 12 staff from the Financial Control & Planning team, within our company’s finance department for a visit.
Lafarge Tarmac has submitted a planning application to Derbyshire County Council to construct and commission a new cement bagging facility at its Tunstead Quarry in Buxton. It will replace the old bagging facility and enable the company to meet increased customer demand for bagged cement.
Joe Sweetmore and JP Downhill are the winners of the ‘Let’s Think’ suggestion scheme that we hold every year here at Tunstead.
Lafarge Tarmac’s Tunstead site now has a written memorial to the lives of the 62 men who worked for the Buxton Lime Firms and fought and bravely laid down their lives in the First World War.
Children attending Taddington Tigers After School Club will now have a more comfortable place to read and relax in their new ‘Quiet Corner’, thanks to a £50 contribution towards new cushions from Lafarge Tarmac’s Tunstead Cement Plant.
A group of 13 Master’s Degree students from Salford University recently visited Lafarge Tarmac’s Tunstead site near Buxton to learn more about the use of natural gas in a modern cement operation.
Thirty three students from Sheffield Hallam University were given an insight into the excavation process when they visited Lafarge Tarmac’s Tunstead site near Buxton recently.
Lilian Greenwood MP, Shadow Minister for Railways, visited Lafarge Tarmac’s Tunstead aggregates, cement and lime operation this week to discuss rail capacity and ideas to improve the local and national rail network.
Employees at Lafarge Tarmac’s Tunstead Cement Plant in Buxton celebrated two years with no Lost Time Injuries (LTI) recently.
Four members of staff from Lafarge Tarmac are preparing to take part in a 400km cycle across Tanzania, on behalf of UK charity, Transaid.
Eleven students from Chapel-en-le-Frith High School in the High Peak were given first hand experience of working with raw materials in the construction industry when they visited Lafarge Tarmac’s Tunstead site near Buxton recently.
Nine students from Stockport College were given an insight into careers in construction and the cement industry when they visited Lafarge Tarmac’s Tunstead site near Buxton recently.
Lafarge Tarmac’s Tunstead Site in Buxton has continued its support of the Helen Atkin Riding for the Disabled Group, with a donation to help the organization continue its good work.
Lafarge Tarmac’s Tunstead site near Buxton were delighted to be able to help Ultimate Netball team, when the company was approached to sponsor their new kit.
Blythe House Hospice in the High Peak was delighted to receive a donation of just over £580 recently from the Tunstead Site near Buxton, after the company hosted its own charity ‘Bake Off’, amongst other activities.
An apprentice at Lafarge Tarmac’s Tunstead site in Buxton is celebrating after being presented with the prestigious East Midlands ‘Apprentice of the Year’ Award from Chesterfield College.